The Social Justice in Education Movement is hosting its 5th annual Social Justice in Education Fair on October 21 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. This one-day conference is scheduled over MEA weekend to allow students, teachers, parents and community members to come together and share, discuss, and learn about issues of social justice in our school systems. This year’s theme is “Upset the Setup,” focusing on ways to “dismantle hierarchies in the spaces we learn, we seek a liberation education that frees us from biased curriculum, isolated classrooms, school resource officers (police), teachers and educational standards that deny our collective empowerment” (https://tcedfair.org/).
This year’s conference has added an Adult Basic Education track, so please join us for this challenging and enriching conference. Session topics that caught my eye include, “Creating Spaces for Recent Arrival Adult Refugee Learners”; “Recognizing your bias: Facilitating Difficult Conversations in ABE Classrooms”; “White People Working for Racial Justice: what’s our role?”; “Making Adult Education Livable”; and “Mathematical Mindsets”.
Registration is due by October 14 and is donation based: $20-40 (full-time staff with a salary and benefits), $10-20 (hourly-waged full-time staff), $0-10 (part-time worker, I just can’t afford to right now, etc.), $0 (all youth). Meals and childcare will be provided! Find out more about the conference on their website or Facebook page.
If you are interested in volunteering for the conference, there are many ways to get involved! They are looking for volunteers for registration, coordinating meals, childcare, and more. Please contact the conference committee to find out about volunteering.