New Social Justice Teacher’s Planbook

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2011-2012 edition of Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers. This unique resource is packed with all new social justice anniversaries and birthdays as well as lots of new resources, quotes and essential questions for students. Pre-order your copy from Rethinking Schools for a discount price today!

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


Beyond Tolerance Resource Guide

Beyond Tolerance: A Resource Guide for Addressing LGTBQI Issues in Schools

NYQueer and NYCoRE are pleased to announce the release of a curricular resource guide to support educators in addressing Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Questioning and Intersex  (LGBTQI) issues and themes in their classrooms.  Often, teaching about LGBTQI issues in the classroom is complex and unique – fraught with a variety of fears and uncertainty including fear of retribution and backlash from students, families or administration.  But as educators, we must teach these issues because we know it is what is right— as individuals committed to social justice; as LGBTQI-identified educators; for the LGBTQI students we meet; and because we know too clearly what the outcomes are when we don’t.

We really do live in a world where some people grow up feeling like it would be better to be dead than gay.  Perhaps it was the alarming number of recent teen suicides that will motivate you to download  this guide.  Maybe you feel like you want to do something, and are hoping this is a good place to start. We hope so too.  But more importantly, we hope that once the media coverage dies down, you will continue to seek out ways to raise awareness and help young people build the skills they need to identify and take action against any injustice they encounter.


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