Study Groups & Salons, 2015-2016

Social Justice Salons  

This year T4SJ will run a series of one night discussions. Come to one, come to a couple, or become a regular. We’ll have dinner, drinks and time to talk. Discussion will be based on a scholarly or timely article concerning social justice or critical pedagogy. Though the article will be available beforehand, we’ll have a short chance to read and a longer opportunity to talk as we construct deeper insights and connections to our work.

New folks always welcomed. TO RSVP click on the date

Time and date: 6-8pm, 11/4, 12/9, 1/26, 3/9, 4/13
Location: SF —  (you must RSVP  for each date you plan to attend to receive a  location)

Book Club 2015-16 RSVP 

Teachers in this group will use literature and the discussions of this literature as a basis for rethinking their actions in the classroom. Teachers will alternate reading Young Adult fiction and scholarly non-fiction. 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.

11/5: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, 12/3: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 1/7: Crossover by Kwame Alexander, 2/4: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, 3/3: George by Alex Gino, 4/7: Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, 5/5: Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

H.E.L.L.A Teachers of Color East Bay Study Group

(H)ope (E)mpowerment (L)ove (L)iberation (A)ction

Community cultural wealth is a theoretical lens that students and educators can use to explicitly combat deficit frames of communities of color. In the theory, critical race theorist Tara Yosso (2005) explores six forms of cultural capital: aspirational, linguistic, familial, social, navigational, and resistance and argues that all forms of capital can be used to empower individuals.In this T4SJ study group, participants will explore the theory of community cultural wealth in depth by learning from and building with other school and community practitioners of color who are committed to putting this framework into praxis.
The study group is centered and driven by educators of color and is intended to build on the leadership strengths, critical analyses, racially diverse experiences/testimonios, and pedagogical creativity of classroom and community based educators who are committed to working in solidarity with students and communities in under resourced, culturally and linguistically diverse schools in the Bay Area.
In the Fall, the group will focus on deepening their understanding of Critical Race Theory in Education and Community Cultural Wealth as a framework to understand our work as educators of color more deeply as they relate to our lived experiences, professional development and pedagogy. In the Spring, participants will workshop lesson plans based on the idea of community cultural wealth, and engage in critical reflexive sessions around strengths and areas of development for their lesson plans or units. Our goal is for this study group to incubate a Summer Institute on Critical Race Theory and Community Cultural Wealth that educators committed to social and racial justice can benefit from through developing their analyses more deeply and building networks of support for educators and by educators.Who we’re looking for: Teachers with 3+ years of experience, teachers of color committed to racial justice, who work directly with students and have capacity to implement lesson plans (this includes but is not limited to paraeducators, administrators, professors, counselors, after school educators, teaching artists, librarians, etc.).Requirements: Participants must commit to meeting on the first Wednesdays of the month from 6-8pm in Oakland, beginning in November 2015.Space is very limited, the maximum number of participants in this study group is 12 people. If you are interested in participating in this study group, you must write a response answering the following questions:

 UCSC Undergrad Salons

This year T4SJ will run a series of one night discussions among undergrad students at UC Santa Cruz for students that are interested in deepening their analysis of education through a social justice lens.  Come to one, come to a couple, or become a regular. We’ll have snacks, drinks and time to talk. Discussion will be based on a scholarly or timely article concerning social justice and education or critical pedagogy. Though the article will be available beforehand, we’ll have a short chance to read and a longer opportunity to talk as we construct deeper insights and connections to our work.

When: 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 5:00-7:00 pm.  

New folks always welcomed. TO RSVP click on the date: 11/11, 12/09, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14
Location: UCSC McHenry Library, Room 4360 (you must RSVP for each date you plan to attend)
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