Friday, March 8, 2013

Chicago Teacher Union PRES. At NYCoRE conf Sat. March 16th

And MORE and Change the Stakes too. I'm so excited. Given that Sat all day is tied up with FIRST LEGO League robotics at Javits (come on down - free and open to public) and next Sat with NYCORE, and since we still have one car and my wife won't be able to go to the gym, I expect to be living in the reconstruction zone of my house by St. Patrick's Day.

Hi all,
Next sat, March 16th, is the NYCoRE annual. Its an amazing conference with great workshops (list here). 

But ALSO....Karen Lewis, the dynamic president of the Chicago Teacher's Union is the keynote. This is an opportunity you should not miss. 
There will also be many of MORE's top candidates for UFT leadership in attendance and MORE has a workshop and a table where you can learn more about the movement to transform the UFT.
Please register on line by following the link below.

Here are some links to MORE related videos.
MORE website: here
MORE campaign video (only 4 minutes) here
Julie Cavanagh, MORE presidential candidate, speaking this week at Murray Bergtraum HS here

NYCoRE 4th Annual Conference
March 16th, 2013

Vanguard High School
317 East 67th Street 
New York, NY 10065

8:45 am- 6:00 pm

Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago's Teachers Union  
accompanied by DJ ULTRAMAN, Benji Chang, Post-Doctoral Fellow with IUME Teachers College

Conference Overview

A school should be the center of a community -- a place that feeds the minds and hearts of its young people, a place that celebrates the neighborhood's cultural and linguistic heritage, a place that provides the tools for a community to deepen its self-understanding and broaden its understanding of its connections to the broader world.

Across the country, however, the ability of educational institutions to serve these purposes is being severely damaged. Schools are increasingly seen as opportunities for the wealthy and powerful to make a profit, or to further their own political agendas. While these agendas affect different groups in a variety of ways, in such seemingly disconnected policies as school closings, teacher bashing, and the banning of ethnic studies programs, a common thread emerges:  disregard for the histories, needs and people served by local public schools.

But in response to these dehumanizing, profit-driven policies, communities are fighting back. People are coming together, supporting, valuing and caring for one another as individuals with unique histories and experiences, rather than as statistics. Communities are reaching out, forming new connections, building bridges, strengthening ties. From the Chicago teachers and the parents who supported them in their recent strike, to the work that teachers do in their classrooms, we are working to listen to one another, and to hear each other's voices over the din of the empty rhetoric of politicians, and to bring our voices together in a call for justice. 

About NYCoRE

 New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) is a group of public school educators committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community, parent, and student organizations. We are educators who believe that education is an integral part of social change and that we must work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings.  NYCoRE members hold in common nine Points of Unity which can be found here:


Support provided by the Union Square Award, a project of the Tides Center.

New York Collective of Radical Educators

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