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Get Organized on July 17th

You know what’s at stake:

•    The Doomsday Budget is still in effect — with thousands of our colleagues laid off from our schools and essential programs still cut.
•    The School District is pretending like we can open our schools in September, even as we all know it will be impossible and dangerous with our schools stripped down to such barebones.
•    The Governor, State Legislature, and top Philly CEO’s are taking aim at our profession, forcing deep concessions from the new PFT contract, and trying to break the strength and future of the teachers union.
•    A whole new set of schools will be on the chopping block next year.

THIS IS NOT TIME FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL. We must learn how to be stronger and more effective organizers if we are going to confront the massive attack on public education, wrestle back control, and create schools that are in line with our values.

Organizer Training: Getting Skills to Save our Schools
Wednesday, July 17th
1:30 – 4:30pm
4233 Chestnut St (Media Mobilizing Project offices)
Facilitated by lead organizers from the Philly Student Union
Register Here — it’s Free!

Come learn how to:

  • Be a more effective speaker on the issues we’re facing
  • Have intentional “organizing conversations” in order to move people to get involved and take greater action
  • Build more power at your school and in your community
  • Talk to coworkers, administrators, parents, students, politicians and community members

This will also get you ready for the summer doorknocking that TAG is doing with the PFT and PCAPS.

Announcing TAG’s Summer of Action!

IMG_4770Thousands of you joined us in Harrisburg to deliver a message to our state elected officials — Philadelphia won’t stand for anything other than #fullfairfunding.

Unfortunately, the PA budget has not provided us with what we need. Our politicians are choosing to abandon public schools. No one will save us except us — so we need to take charge as teachers and community leaders and remind the public that our schools belong to everybody.

Announcing TAG’s 2013 Summer of Action!

Take Action with these four easy steps:

1. Educate Yourself. Read up, if you haven’t yet:

“The Coming Revolution in Public Education” — national perspective from The Atlantic.

“Corbett Plan for Philly Falls Short of $180 Million” — detailed breakdown of what the state (hasn’t) pledged, via the Notebook.

“The Solution to US Public Schools is Not Corporate America” – Local journalist Dan Denvir connecting Philadelphia to larger trends.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more regular posts of this kind! We also recommend the Network for Public Education’s feed for the Northeast, as well as their Facebook page.

2. Be a perpetual megaphone. Too many folks in Philadelphia — and across the country — have no idea what’s going on in our schools, or what major forces are out to dismantle public education. Make sure that your family, friends, neighbors, and especially your school community knows what’s up! Share the above articles, show people the big picture and let them know that “austerity” and “shared sacrifice” are just a cover for a bigger, deliberate political agenda.

3. Get Trained. Now that you know what you’re talking about, you need some skills in getting the word out there! Mark your calendars for our organizer training on Wednesday, July 17th from 1:30 – 4:30 PM, hosted by the experts from the Philadelphia Student Union at the offices of the Media Mobilizing Project (4223 Chestnut Street.) Register here for the training!

4. Take it to the streets. Watch your e-mail for an invitation to canvassing days across Philadelphia, organized by PCAPS. Teachers, students, and parents will be working together to raise the consciousness of our city, one household at a time.

Time for TEACHER ACTION! From City Hall to 440 N.Broad!


Mass School Closings, Privatization of Public Education, the Proposed Teachers Contract

We are facing Austerity Measures like never before in Philadelphia.

If the School District passes their proposal to close our schools and hand more over to private contractors, then it will embolden them to push for even more egregious budget cuts in the next contract.  This will mean undercutting teachers and staff, destabilizing our schools, and jeopardizing the education and future opportunities of ALL of the children in our city.

Now, more than ever, teachers must show our collective force, as we stand with parents, students, and other workers across the city to say:

DON’T CLOSE OUR SCHOOLS.

INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION.

GIVE OUR COMMUNITIES WHAT WE DESERVE.

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This week — Take Action!

Keep Our Schools Open!

Where’s Mayor Nutter?

Tuesday, March 5th

 Rally at City Hall – NE corner

4:45 p.m.

Mayor Nutter has refused to fight for our schools. He has two appointees on the School Reform Commission, and could affect the vote on closing public schools. He has yet to lift a finger to fight for the funding we desperately need. In fact, he has chosen not to enforce laws that could raise money for the schools. Enough is enough. 

Mayor Nutter, you need to be the LEADER we voted for and fight for your city!

RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/events/420588414692500/

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Thursday, March 7th

440 N. Broad Street

Anytime after 3:30pm

Stand Up For Our Schools!

 

 

 

Peer Professional Development — Join an Inquiry to Action Group (ItAG)

Courtesy of Teachers for Social Justice

ItAG Kickoff!

Thursday, February 7th

6-7:30pm

Science Leadership Academy  (55 N. 22nd St)

 

Teacher Action Group is pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers to build community, engage as learners, and develop as activists.

ITAGs bring together educators from around the city to discuss and study topics related to social justice in education, and then create an action connected to what they learned. They are an opportunity for educators to come together in a meaningful professional development setting, and to build community with others who are also concerned with how education and social justice intersect. ITAGS will take place this year over a six to eight week period in February and March.

For the listing of ItAGs —> ItAGs for 2013

To register —>  Registration for ItAGs

ItAGs are Back! Join us for the ItAG Kickoff Event!

ItAG Kickoff!

Thursday, February 7th

6-7:30pm

Science Leadership Academy  (55 N. 22nd St)

 

Teacher Action Group is pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers to build community, engage as learners, and develop as activists.

ITAGs bring together educators from around the city to discuss and study topics related to social justice in education, and then create an action connected to what they learned. They are an opportunity for educators to come together in a meaningful professional development setting, and to build community with others who are also concerned with how education and social justice intersect. ITAGS will take place this year over a six to eight week period in February and March.

For the listing of ItAGs —> ItAGs for 2013

To register —>  Registration for ItAGs

Speak Out about School Closings — All Week

Join hundreds of other teachers, parents, and students in one of three Facilities Master Plan Hearings this week.

Monday, December 17th – Sayre High School 5800 Walnut St- 6-8pm

Tuesday, December 18th – Edison High School 151 W. Luzerne – 6-8pm

Wednesday, December 19th – Martin Luther King Jr. High School 6100 Stenton – 6-8pm

Then, come out on Thursday, December 20th.

Candlelight Vigil

4:00pm

Meet at City Hall, then march to SRC meeting at 440 N. Broad St.

Practice What You Teach

 

Do you want to improve your classroom’s social justice focus?  Are you struggling to bring your values and ideals of equity and anti-racism into your classroom?    Do you need some support to do so?

 

Come to this Book Talk!

Bree Picower

Professor, Montclaire State University

Coordinator, New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)

Thursday, November 29th  –  6:30pm

Wooden Shoe Bookstore

740 South St.

Practice What You Teach: Social Justice Education in the Classroom and the Streets 

By Bree Picower
Many teachers enter the profession with a desire to “make a difference.” But given who most teachers are, where they come from, and what pressure they feel to comply with existing school policies, how can they take up this charge? Practice What You Teach follows three different groups of educators to explore the challenges of developing and supporting teachers’ sense of social justice and activism at various stages of their careers: White pre-service teachers typically enrolled in most teacher education programs, a group of new teachers attempting to integrate social justice into their teaching, and experienced educators who see their teaching and activism as inextricably linked. Teacher educator Bree Picower delves into each of these group’s triumphs and challenges, providing strategies and suggestions for all teachers along with her in-depth analysis.

By understanding all these challenges, pre-service and in-service teachers, along with teacher educators, will be in a better position to develop the kind of political analysis that lays the foundation for teacher activism. This timely resource helps prepare and support all educators to stand up for equity and justice both inside and outside of the classroom and offers a more nuanced portrait of what the struggle to truly “make a difference” looks like.

Editorial Reviews

“Both practical and provocative, this book will be an essential tool for those working to develop teachers who are both more critical in their teaching and more invested in activism beyond the classroom.” — Charles M. Payne, Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Bree Picower shows how teacher activism develops and can be nurtured in this engaging, personal, and highly insightful volume. This book is a must-read for anyone who believes that education is key to social justice.” — Christine Sleeter, President of the National Association for Multicultural Education

“Based on sound research with teachers at various stages of consciousness about inequity and injustice, this book will be an invaluable source of support and inspiration for all teachers.” — Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Bree Picower is Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University and Core Member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE).

Learning from Chicago.

From Chicago to Philadelphia: The Fight for Public Education

Saturday, November 17th / 1 PM / Science Leadership Academy  / 55 N. 22nd St. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union strike speaking frankly and honestly about how to make real change. Leaders from the CTU will talk about

  • Transforming their union into a democracy
  • Fighting against the austerity-driven cuts
  • Building alliances with parents and students
  • Implications for teachers and activists

Co-sponsored by TAG and The Labor Working Group.