How can we counteract the attacks on public schools and the teacher bashing that goes along with it?
Without a union willing to stand up to this onslaught and in fact a union that is a willing collaborator in so much of the program, a union that accepts the parameters set out by the corporate supported ed deformers, an undemocratic union run by a massive Unity Caucus machine, it will take an active and informed membership.
To accomplish that we need a core of educators that is well informed of the major issues affecting education and a willingness to become part of a core of organizers who will work with people in their schools and beyond to bring a message of true education reform. A message of progressive educators organizing to create a true movement for teacher power.
Besides coming out for the Grassroots Education Movement rally and march from Battery Park past UFT headquarters and up to Tweed on May 14, here is a more programmatic way to get involved from Teachers Unite.Are you a teacher who asks:
*How can I be both an instructional leader and a teacher activist?
*How do teachers organize with NYC communities for social justice?
*What does the UFT, or a teachers contract, have to do with social justice?
*What is the history of public schools in New York City?
Register today for Teachers Unite's Teacher Activist Course! You can sign up for any combination of Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4.
For full course descriptions, go to: http://www.teachersunite.net/registerSession 1:
Education Reform, Social Justice and Teachers Unions
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Session 2:
Organizing to Transform Public Education
Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Session 3:
Effective outreach and organizing
Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.Session 4:
Who controls the public school system in New York City?
A brief history of the city's schools
Saturday, May 30th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For full course descriptions, go to: http://www.teachersunite.net/register
Lunch is included in all sessions.
Free childcare is available for those who request it at least two
weeks in advance of their registered session.
Teacher Activist Course sessions are free for Teachers Unite members.
Sliding scale registration fee per session for non-members: $25 - $75
To register, go to: http://www.teachersunite.net/register
Teachers Unite is a membership organization supporting the leadership of NYC public school teachers committed to social justice and activism.
By leadership we mean:
1) a deep understanding of theproblems faced by educators, students and public school communities,
2) skills to organize a community to build power and make change, and
3) a willingness to take action.Note, especially to subscribers:
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