NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference: Oct. 21st

Dear wonderful educators,

You may or may not know that the NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference is right around the corner. It’s scheduled for Saturday, October 21st in Seattle, and we’d love for you to join the Critical Educators Collective in attending.

We are extra excited because CEC members are presenting workshops this year. We are even organizing carpooling, so we’d love to have you join us for the commute. Email us if you’d like to join a carpool or ride along!

This year’s conference will likely expand, inspire and develop your classroom practices and curriculum. Educators from across many borders will be leading amazing workshops, with over 70 to choose from,  including:

  • Teaching Climate Justice and Climate Science in Elementary School;
  • Black Is Beautiful: Guiding Young Learners to Appreciate Black Culture, Contributions, and Color;
  • Moving Beyond the Same Old Strategies for “English Language Learners”;
  • Putting Values into Action Through Social Justice Unionism;
  • Building Ethnic Studies: Lessons from Puget Sound to Portland and Beyond;
  • STEM Educating for Social Justice; Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum;
  • Creating Critical Race Counter-stories for Northwest Educators.

Several CEC members are also presenting workshops:


  • Jaydra Johnson and Jessica Loomis are presenting “Welcome Poems: Using Poetry to Create Safe and Welcoming School Communities”
  • Kailyn Kent is presenting “Blogging for All = Empowering Readers through Authentic Publishing & Community Building”


  • Matt Reed and Jacqueline Fitzgerald are presenting “What is Sanctuary? Building bridges between the 1980’s Sanctuary movement and today.”

The keynote speaker is New York City teacher activist Brian Jones, who will speak on “Teaching to a Future We Cannot Yet See.” The conference also features a Community Resource Fair, with dozens of community organizations.

And, if you need a place to chill out and touch base during the event, the CEC will be tabling. Come by and hang out with us for a bit!

Registration is open now at www.nwtsj.org. The conference is still just $5 for students and $30 for others –and includes lunch!!!!

It will be held at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle, on Saturday, October 21st  from 8:00-4:30pm, and they are even willing to house us Portland folk. Just email Peter Henry– henry_pet@msn.com, and let him know your needs.

Again, we hope to see you there, and we will debrief the event and share out from the workshops at our November 5th General Assembly Meeting.

Please join us and spread the word,

Critical Educator Collective

The NWTSJ Conference is sponsored by Puget Sound Rethinking Schools, Social Equality Educators, Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College, Portland Association of Teachers, the Critical Educators Collective, and Rethinking Schools magazine.