Starting Date: 03-26-2011
New York, New York 10003
Join educators, parents, students, activists, and community members from across the city and beyond for a one-day conference focused on exploring the connections between education and social justice. We are seeking workshops that will be of relevance to educators at all age levels, and will be diverse in their focus topics. This conference is an opportunity to network, inspire one another, and build a movement. Join us to share your thoughts, lesson plans, questions, or to facilitate a workshop.
Conference 2011 Theme
Whose Schools? Our Schools!
The challenges currently facing our educational system can be daunting and discouraging. Critical thought and effective pedagogy seem to be buried under the flood of calls for “accountability” and “increased test scores.” But in the face of all these challenges, educators are working together with youth, parents, and community activists to keep the fires of critical thinking and curiosity alive. Committed educators know that there is no silver bullet, no magic wand, and no place for rescue from above. We know that the true superheroes are those who work every day with dedication, creativity, and compassion. We know that we change lives not with promises of rescue, but by working in solidarity with youth and their families to be our own heroes and heroines.
This conference is an opportunity to get together and share how we are doing this, in our classrooms, our schools, and our communities. Join us in celebrating the daily courage of educators in our city and beyond. Join us in networking, connecting, and building a movement of educators and community members who care about social justice.
Request for Proposals
We are seeking workshop proposal that are diverse in topic, intended audience, age-level focus, and format. What will unify all accepted proposals are the following characteristics:
A critical perspective on issues in education rooted in social justice goals, and consistent with NYCORE’s Points of Unity
An engaging, dynamic plan for workshop presentation using interactive pedagogical strategies
Practical take-aways for next steps for workshop practitioners (examples include curriculum ideas, project ideas, resource lists, organizations with which to get involved, etc.)
Geographical Scope: Metro