2010-2011 Study Groups

To learn more about individual ones, including calendar or meetings, click on the items below:

  1. T4SJ Book Club
  2. Beginning Teacher Support: Rethinking Teaching through Social Justice
  3. Critical Pedagogy: Theoretical Wrestling
  4. From Punishment to Praise: Positive Behavior Support
  5. Faces at the Bottom of the Well: Race in our Schools & Practice

1. T4SJ Book Club

Teachers in this group will use literature and the discussions of this literature as a basis for rethinking their actions in the classroom.

WHAT | Teachers will alternate reading fiction and non-fiction monthly. We will gather to hold a structured discussion using a protocol that allows every voice to be heard and every topic or question a participant brings to be examined. As an educator book club, we’ll make what could be difficult to do solo engaging, collaborative, reflective and fun.

FACILITATORS | Chalida Anusasananan, English Teacher at Mission High School and Mira Carberry, After-School Educator.

BASIC INFORMATION

  • Small in size – this group will be no larger than 12 participants. We are asking for everyone to commit to attending all sessions (dates listed below).
  • This group will be run using protocols that could be used with professional colleagues and/or high school students.
  • Each session will be held at the Study Group facilitator’s home. Dinner will be provided. Please bring a beverage to share.
  • Participants will have input in book selections. After the first session, a syllabus will be developed for the non-fiction texts. Voting will occur monthly for the fiction texts.

PARTICIPANTS:

  • Please commit to attending all sessions.
  • This study group is open to any educator who works with children or adults.
  • This group is open to 12 individuals.

SCHEDULE | The Study Group will meet on the first Tuesday of each month, starting in October, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm. People of color are encouraged to register.– Registration is closed for the 2010-2011 school year.

2. Beginning Teachers: Rethinking Teaching through Social Justice

This study group will give beginning teachers an opportunity to reflect on their practice with experienced educators.

WHAT | This group will create a space for beginning educators to discuss and develop their best strategies for addressing the diversity of needs in their classroom around discipline and classroom management techniques. Participants will evaluate their teaching and analyze how much of their instruction utilizes students strengths or weaknesses to learn the lesson and how that can contribute to a breakdown in the learning process. Activities will include participant evaluation of classroom space and role-plays of classroom conflict.

FACILITATORS | Bich Nguyen, 4th Grade Teacher at Tenderloin Elementary School, and Liana Koehler, 3rd Grade Teacher at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School.

BASIC INFORMATION

  • Small in size – this group will be no larger than 15 participants. We are asking for everyone to commit to attending all sessions from the first session you attend (dates listed below).
  • This group will be run using activities and facilitation techniques that could be used with your students.
  • The first meeting will be held at Tenderloin Community School in San Francisco, CA. We will arrange meals by agreeing to bring food or order it, depending on what the group decides.
  • We will work together to decide what topics are covered.

PARTICIPANTS:

  • Please commit to attending all sessions. Attendance is essential to maintain community and momentum for the group. Please respect all our time
  • This study group is open to any educator who works with children or adults.
  • This group will be limited to 15 individuals.

SCHEDULE | All sessions are from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Dates: October 27, November 3, November 17, December 1, December 15, January 5, January 19, February 2, February 16, March 2, March 23, April 6, April 20. * Registration is closed for the 2010-2011 School Year.*

3. Critical Pedagogy: Theoretical Wrestling

How can students understand and analyze oppression and liberation? How can we use these concepts to build traditional academic skills as well support student and societal transformation?

WHAT | In this study group participants will gain a clear vision of how to apply sociological theory to literary texts, research projects or student community action projects.  Through the critical examination of concepts such as oppression, choice and cultural wealth, students not only examine critical concepts in society but more deeply understand their own path to self determination.  We’ll look closely at chapter one of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Tara J. Yosso’s theory of cultural wealth and excerpts from Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera.  Study group facilitators will also bring their experience in working with youth to build their analysis of power, community action, research projects, narrative writing and careful readings of young adult literature.

FACILITATORS | This group will be facilitated by T.R. Amsler, Sarah Brant and Chela Delgado who have over 35 years combined experience teaching, and are all currently teaching in San Francisco Schools, Balboa High School and June Jordan School for Equity. Check out our Critical Pedagogy wiki: http://t4sjcriticalpedagogy.wikispaces.com/

PARTICIPANTS:

  1. Please commit to attending all sessions.
  2. This study group is limited to teachers who will have their own classrooms during the 2010-2011 school year.
  3. This group is open to 12 individuals.

SCHEDULE | The Study Group will meet at a facilitator’s home on 14th Street and Guerrero in the Mission, and each session will go from 6-8:30pm. The dates for this Study Group are: Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 2, Feb 23, March 16, April 6

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2010-2011 School year.

4. From Punishment to Praise: Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom

This Study Group will explore successful teacher practices for increasing all students’ positive participation and engagement in class.

WHAT | Most discipline policies and practices used in schools reinforce power dynamics and contribute to the replication of status quo in terms of who is successful in schools and who is not. In this Study Group teachers will learn the most effective strategies for reinforcing positive behaviors, diminishing detrimental behaviors, and for empowering students to internalize responsibility for their own behaviors in a way that preserves the dignity of both teacher and student. Participants will be asked to conduct a case study during the course of this Study Group where the practices discussed at the meetings will be tried out with students in the classroom. The Study Group format will include guest lecture by a behavioral scientist, critical friends group type of sharing and feedback, reading, reflection and discourse where we will co-construct understanding and meaning together.

WE ENCOURAGE GROUPS OF TWO OR MORE FROM SCHOOL SITES TO REGISTER!

FACILITATORS | Dongshil Kim and Karen Zapata. Dongshil Kim has been a teacher, coach and administrator in San Francisco Unified School District over the past 14 years. Currently she is coaching with the National Equity Project (www.nationalequityproject.org) working with district and school leaders in Marin, Berkeley and Oakland. Karen Zapata is a 4/5 teacher at San Francisco Community School, where her 2 children attend 2nd grade and Kindergarten. Karen has been teaching in public schools for the last 14 years and co-founded Teachers 4 Social Justice.

PARTICIPANTS:

  • Please commit to attending all sessions.
  • This study group is limited to teachers who will have their own classrooms during the 2010-2011 school year.
  • This group is open to 12 individuals.

SCHEDULE | Each session will go from 5:30-8:00pm, location TBA. Dates for this Study Group are: Oct 18., Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 15, Dec 6, Jan 10

If you came to the workshop “From Punishment to Praise..” at the 2010 T4SJ Conference on October 9, 2010 and want to access the documents that were mentioned, click on either Love and Logic or From Punishment to Praise.
REGISTRATION FOR THIS STUDY GROUP IS NOW CLOSED.

5. Faces at the Bottom of the Well: Race in our Schools & Practice

Come meet other educators and participate in discussions about race and racism in schools, how that plays out in our practice and what you can do about it.

WHAT | In a community of educators who are life long learners examine your struggles with race, share your insights and enrich your analysis of this context in which we work and live. A few of the questions that will come up as we do our work together:

  • What impact does your race have on the classroom and your students?
  • How and when should we talk about race in the classroom?
  • How do you talk to other teachers about racism?
  • How does institutionalized racism look and feel in our schools?

FACILITATORS | 6th year Educator, Tara Ramos, Paul Revere K-8 & 14th year Educator Jeremiah Jeffries, founder of the SF Education Black Caucus.

SCHEDULE | You MUST be committed to being at all sessions to participate. The Study Group will meet from 5:30-7:30pm. Dinner will be provided for every session! 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/17