2013

Schools Conference Program
Friday
4:30—5:00pm Registration and Dinner

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5:00-7:00pm Held in the Library John Rogers Dialogue Small Group Discussions Question and Answer Closing

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Saturday
8:30 to 9:00am Registration and Breakfast 9:00 to 10:55am Held in the Cocoanut Grove Theater Panel: Xian Barrett (Chicago) and other local community organizers Small Group Discussions Question and Answer 11:00am to 12:15pm Workshops Session I 12:20 to 1:00pm Lunch 1:15 to 2:30pm Workshops Session II 2:40 to 3:30pm General Assembly and Closing Ceremony — This promises to be an energetic event with music, spoken word, and chants!

Xian is a Chicago Public Schools educator who regularly conducts service-learning projects and participatory youth action research with students. Xian is a member of Teachers 4 Social Justice and played a key role in Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) as it worked with parents and students to fight massive school closures in low-income AfricanAmerican and Latino communities.

Leslie Leon

Leslie is a senior at Gage Park High School on Chicago’s Southwest side. Since February she has been active in organizing a walkout by 100 students to protest a standardized test and simultaneously demand action addressing sexual assaults on campus—without increasing police presence.

Jakie Rodriguez

Jackie is a youth organizer and student at Chicago’s Gage Park High School. She is working on immigration rights struggles and anti-school to prison pipeline issues. She was active in strategic thinking, developing social media, and planning student actions during the September 2012 teachers strike. She has traveled to Mexico City to meet with youth organizers student led policy-making and is an active member of the Southwest Organizing Project (Chicago). Professor Rogers from UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA), will open the conference on Friday with a dialogue about historical roots of our struggles for public education and how our fight must be done in a way that will allow us to build a movement strong enough to win.

John Rogers

Workshops
See reverse side of this program

Lunch And Entertainment
Outdoor lunch tables

Conference Presented Jointly by
Coalition for Educational Justice Progressive Educators for Action

Childcare
Childcare is in Room L207 Endorsors: United Valley Caucus, P.O.W.E.R., PESJA-LA, ACCE, Youth Justice Coalition

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Workshops
Session I Only
Location Student Session L219 This workshop is FOR and BY young people at this conference. If you are a young person under the age of 24, come out to this youth-only workshop Saturday morning. There will be art, games and discussion about how to grow the vision and fight for educational justice across LA and beyond. We will hear from youth organizers in the struggle in Chicago. We will also share about our work in different parts of the city here in LA. And we'll think about how we as youth can be at the CENTER of the work for justice and the Schools LA Students Deserve! Coalition for Educational Justice, Taylor Broom School to Prison Pipeline Details at conference Youth Justice Coalition Extended Learning Cultural Model Details at conference Cathy Garcia, Kahllid (Crenshaw HS) Alternatives to the Academic Industrial Complex L240 The goal of K-12 education is often presumed to be to enable students to go to college. However, the academic system itself trains people to replicate the oppressive structures of our society. Many groups are building alternatives to the university that are liberating for communities. In this workshop, we will strategies on alternatives to the academic industrial complex we can build in Southern California. Amrah Salomon (Unitierra), Lizette Arevalo and Andrea Smith (Southern California Coalition to Build Alternatives to the Academic Industrial Complex) Ethnic Studies Details at conference People’s Education Movement L243 L216 Location L244

Session I and Session II

Location Alternative Teacher Evaluation L212 Collecting and using multiple measures of teaching quality will increase our professional knowledge and growth, and support our students and the community. It is important to consider the broader social justice implications of this work and its impact on educational reform. Teachers from UCLA-CS are currently piloting an alternative evaluation system that is aligned with our vision for social justice. Janet Lee and Soo Jin Choi, UCLA Community School Voices Against Sheriff Violence L213 In this presentation, students from YouthBuild Boyle Heights will share information about their involvement in the Campaign to End Sheriff Violence in LA Jails. We will provide a history of the LA Sheriff’s Department, information about the departments structure, testimonies about inmate abuse and information about how you and your school can take action to defend the human and civil rights of inmates and members of our community at large. Maria Rojas, Julio Sandoval, Irvin Xochitla, Melina Mendoza (Youth Build Boyle Heights Students) Gay Student Alliance Workshop Details at conference GSA Garfield, Joel Laguna Environmental Justice Curriculum L215 extended learning model Learn about how Allesandro Elementary School’s CEJ chapter has organized to create awareness regarding Los Angeles’ use of coal through meetings, creative projects, city hall visits, and rallies! Despite top-down district mandates, students at Crenshaw High School have taken the lead in learning about local environmental justice issues in their community. Through meetings and field trips, students have developed a greater understanding about environmental justice issues and plan to conduct a research project to highlight community solutions this summer. Silver Valley Coalition for Educational Justice L214

Session II Only

Location Parent Organizing/Adult Education L220 With members of United Adult Students including Valdemar Morales, Gilberta Gonzalez, Enoe Teran Diaz. Introductory remarks by Adult Ed Teacher, Sean Abajian. UAS/PASE/PASS Power With: How Students and L219 Educators can collaborate to win on key student issues Join student and educator activists to learn about Chicago movements around youth safety, saving neighborhood schools, and community designed curriculum as a alternative to high stakes testing and plan local student-led campaigns. Xian Barrett

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