Conference Report Back

Thank you to all of the workshop facilitators, performers, speakers and participants from this year’s conference. More than 400 participants attended this year’s NYCoRE Conference: Whose Schools? Our Schools!  at the Julia Richman Education Complex.  Information on the conference can be found here. See photos and a video of the keynote below.

NYCoRE 2011 Annual Conference Keynote Address from Vincent Muccioli on Vimeo.

NYCORE Conference: Whose Schools? Our Schools! Bill Ayers Keynote from Grassroots Education Movement on Vimeo.

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Free Minds Free People Conference Registration Open

Registration for the Free Minds, Free People conference is now open! We’ve got some amazing workshops and activities this year! Please visit for more information.

Check out the Travel section of our new website for information on hotel registration. Early registration deadline at the Providence Biltmore ends April 30, 2011!

Free Minds, Free People is a national conference that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote liberatory education. It will take place in Providence, RI from July 7 to 10, 2011. Education for liberation prepares the most excluded, under-served members of our society, in particular low-income youth and youth of color, to fight for a more just world by:

* Teaching students the causes of inequalities and injustices in society and how communities have fought against them.
* Helping them develop both the belief in themselves that they can challenge those injustices and the skills necessary to do that.
* Supporting them in taking action that leads to disenfranchised communities having more power.

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What’s Race Got To Do With It?

NYCoRE is pleased to announce a monthly popular education series called “What’s race got to do with it?” The goal is to open a space for educators and educational activists to make connections between race and local and national school reform. What role does race play in school closings? High stakes testing? The proliferation of charter schools? Each session will focus on a specific current trend in neoliberal school reform through the lens of race and racism. By examining theoretical readings, mainstream media articles as well as local grassroots responses, session participants will discuss and uncover the complexities of these issues. Together, we will work to create tools that can be used by activists to insert race into our ongoing campaigns on educational justice.

The meetings will take place the 2nd Thursday of the month and will be facilitated by NYCoRE members Edwin Mayorga and Bree Picower. Edwin is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center whose research focuses on the social construction of Latinos and its impact on their educational experiences in New York City.  Bree is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University whose research has examined the role that race plays in how White teachers conceptualize students of Color and their communities.


Locations TBD
Thursday, February 10th, 2011-Session 1: What’s race got to do with SCHOOL CLOSINGS?
Thursday, March 10th, 2011-Session 2: What’s race got to do with HIGH STAKES TESTING?
Thursday, April 14th, 2011-Session 3: Topic to be determined by session participants
Thursday, May 12th, 2011-Session 4: Topic to be determined by session participants
Thursday, June 9th, 2011-Session 5: Pulling it all together


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