ItAGs kick off on February 12th!

Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs) bring together educators from around the city to explore topics related to social justice in education, and then create an action connected to what they learned.  ItAGs take place over a six to eight week period in February and March.

Join us for our Kick-Off event!

Wednesday, Feb. 12th at Science Leadership Academy (55 N. 22nd Street) from 6-8 PM.

At the event, you will have a chance to:
  • Meet all of the facilitators for this year’s ItAGs
  • Give input on ItAG meeting times if you join their group
  • Network with other TAG members

You do not have to attend the kick-off to participate in an ItAG — the schedules and meeting times will also be posted after the event. However, we encourage you to attend, especially if you are thinking about participating in more than one group, or want to suggest a meeting time that works for you!

Check out the short descriptions of this year’s ItAGs below For longer descriptions, facilitator bios, and meeting times, download the full guide or go to our dedicated ItAGs page.

Black Music as Rebellion: The African American history curriculum woefully neglects the role of music in developing political and social consciousness. We will explore the intersections of Black music and social action with other teachers, and build a curriculum or lesson ideas to supplement our classrooms.

English Content Area Meet-Up: English teachers will meet up to discuss a common concept, idea, or challenge.  Topics may include project-based learning, non-canonical texts, skills instruction, real-world writing, and more.

Leveraging Student and Faculty Voice to Improve Your School: Participants will investigate a range of models that incorporate student/faculty voice into classroom and school decision-making structures.  We will all identify a specific school-based problem, design and implement a student/faculty voice project around it.

Locally Relevant Mathematics with the Community Based Mathematics Project: This ItAG will focus on how to make the learning of mathematics more relevant and engaging for students in our community.  We will use locally relevant contexts to increase students’ access to mathematical knowledge and skills for thinking critically about the world around them.

Partnering through Mentoring: In this ItAG, we will explore qualities and strategies for effective peer mentoring partnerships in teaching within schools and professional communities.  Topics will include sharing ideas for connecting mentors and mentees, areas of focus for mentoring, and building a mentoring community.

Philadelphia as Classroom: An Inquiry into Connected Learning Experiences: This ItAG will develop ways to partner local institutions and professional communities for student learning experiences beyond classroom walls.  We will use the Connected Learning framework, which pushes for more interdisciplinary problem solving, critical thinking, and communication in student learning to inform the dialogue.

Social Justice Educators on the Path to Cultural Relevancy: Participants will build on discussion of research as well as personal and classroom experiences to hone their abilities to make their classroom/context more relevant with respect to linguistic diversity, socioeconomic groups, ethnic heritage, and more.  We will work towards collaborative action that reaches beyond our ItAG.

Social Justice Unionism: Teachers will develop a greater understanding of what social justice unionism means and collectively figure out how it translates into our current reality, both as organized teachers in the PFT and largely unorganized charter school teachers.

Social Studies Content Meet-Up: This group is intended to serve as a space for a “meeting of the minds” among Social Studies educators.  Potential topics are thematic teaching, authentic assessment, teaching source analysis, student-centered inquiry, balancing content with skills, and more.

Using Teacher Research to Create Powerful Classrooms: Each participant will develop a personal research project aimed at strengthening classroom practice and generating knowledge for other educators.  Join us if you are an educator who asks questions aimed at improving your practice and are interested in seizing the opportunity to answer them.