Conference FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:
Teaching for Social Justice Conference
Do I have to pay to attend this conference?
No, the conference is free for all who choose to attend.  (This includes keynote, two workshops, lunch sessions, Resource Fair, and childcare for the first 20 registered for childcare.)  Please note that you will want to have some money on hand, though, whether because you’ll be interested in purchasing great materials on sale during the Resource Fair,  or multiple t-shirts.  We’ll also ask for a donations to cover conference costs.  Folks often donate $20 cash though we’ve also appreciated checks from $5 to $250+.
How do I register for the conference?  Is it ever too late to register?
Please go back to the conference page and click on the links!  We take down registration 2 days before the conference.  If it’s after online registration closes, you should just show up on the morning of the conference to register on-site.
Can I get Continuing Education credit or Prop A hours for attending?
Yes. The University of San Francisco School of Education is pleased to partner with Teachers 4 Social Justice to offer continuing education (CE) hours to attendees of our Teaching for Social Justice Annual Conference.  Attendees can earn up to seven hours of continuing education for a flat rate of $40.  (If you have not yet registered for CE, please do so at USF Continuing Education Units/Credits.   Please be sure to submit your completed CE form to the USF table before leaving the conference!
For Prop A hours  talk with your principal and get permission to use Prop A hours before attending.
How do I register for a specific workshop I want to attend?
Registration for workshops happens on the morning of the conference.  Participants must signup for workshops in person, by signing up for the workshops you want in the workshop sign-up hallway.  Workshops are typically capped at 30 participants each.  You are more likely to get into the workshops you want if you pre-register for the conference online and get to the conference early, by the time the doors open at 8:30am.  In recent years, we have had a line down the block for registration and and even longer line for day of registrants at 8:30am for these powerful workshops!
How many workshops can I attend?
There are two slots for workshops, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.  Please do not try to wander through workshops during a given time slot in order to respect the workshop facilitators and the learning experiences of other participants. Only sign up for one morning and one afternoon workshop. Be Kind and leave space for others if you are not sure you are going to attend.
When do the doors open for the conference?
8:30 a.m.  If you arrive before this, you will have to line up and wait.
What is the conference schedule?

8:30-9:15                     Registration + Resource Fair is open

9:15-10:30                   Opening/Keynote Presentation

10:45-12:30pm            Morning Workshops

12:30-1:25pm              Lunch, Lunch Sessions, Resource Fair

1:30-2:45pm                Afternoon address

3:00-4:45pm                Afternoon Workshops

How do I sign up for free childcare at the conference?
Free childcare is provided for the first 20 children to be registered.  Please send an email to tararamos@yahoo.com to register for childcare, including the names and ages of your children and any special circumstances that we should know about.  The last day to sign up for childcare is October 1st  (or earlier if spots fill up). Childcare is now FULL!

What’s the best way to get to the conference?Parking? 
PUBLIC TRANSIT! or Bike! You can also take BART from the airport if you decide to fly!  Mission High School is centrally located to a number of public transit options, including BART (closest stop is 16th Street Mission) and Muni (J-Church line, bus number 33).  There are also spots to park bikes, and there will be  PARKING available at nearby Everett Middle School for a small $5 donation fee (450 Church Street, enter the parking lot on on 17th street between Church and Sanchez, just a block away from the conference site).  The Mission HS parking lot is reserved for people with disabilities and presenters (space is very limited)

Is this conference really free, even lunch and childcare*?

Yes! (*so long as you signed up)

How is the conference free?
The conference and organization are run by volunteers who do this work, and organize this conference, because they love it.  They give their time and resources, and T4SJ is lucky to be supported by many folks who donate time, money and resources. We also have the support of some local vendors and businesses that donate food or materials.  The majority of the funding for the conference comes from conference-goers like yourself who find the experience valuable and choose to donate any where from $5-$150 when they register and at the conference itself. Some have even organized their school or credential program to make a large donation for the quality professional development that is offered at the conference.   Although the conferences costs around $8000, we offer the conference for free to all because we believe that’s the right way to do it. If you want to donate or become a monthly sustainer of T4SJ donate here! We believe this kind of community gathering and learning opportunity should be something everyone can access, regardless of personal resources.

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