Social Movement Unionism: Hope in Hard Times (Beginning November 15th)

Please join us for Social Movement Unionism: Hope in Hard Times, a six session Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAG) where we will meet to learn how other educators have used their unions to become forces for justice and develop action plans that achieve this vision.

Social Movement Unionism: Hope in Hard Times
Space is limited! RSVP by November 5th to save your spot.

In these trying times, many of us are struggling to feel effective as educators and activists. Our students, families, communities, and schools are under attack. In our current political climate, our budgets shrink, the school-to-prison pipeline persists, and families see their rights to life, health, and home stripped away. Making matters worse, the isolated nature of our work can make it feel impossible to tackle these issues effectively. This has left many of us wondering: How do we use our power as educators through our unions to fight for the schools our students and communities deserve?

Too often educators do not realize their unions are an effective means to push back against these forces. Inspired by the work of educators in Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle, Philadelphia, and New York, we believe that teachers unions can be forces for justice within our communities.

This Inquiry to Action Group will study and develop concrete action steps we can take to achieve more equitable and just schools through the power we have in our unions.

Will you join us?
All meetings will be held at SEIU Local 49 (3536 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202) on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm-7:00pm (with food)
November 15th (Kick off)
November 29th
December 13th
January 3rd
January 17th
January 31st

Click here to RSVP and here for more information about these groups and our grassroots organization, the Critical Educators Collective.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions!

In solidarity and hope,
The Critical Educators Collective

April 2017 Meeting

Kailyn Kent, a Language Arts teacher in Salem, workshopped a lesson plan focused on encouraging students to instinctively research and read online. While these lessons could easily fit inside a humanities or media literacy curriculum, they could be easily adapted for almost any discipline. The Nearpod lesson plan and accompanying worksheet are available in our curriculum folder.
During our business portion, the group voted to co-sponsor a local social justice conference. More details to come.
Google Slides: April 16 CEC Meeting