Saturday, February 24, 2018: 13th Annual Educating for Change Curriculum Conference: "Building Counter-Narratives for Radical Healing and Hope" (Wydown Middle School)
Visit our the Conference section of our website for detailed information on our 2018 Curriculum Conference! Ways to participate:
*Volunteer by Joining an Organizing Committee
*Register to Attend
*Present a Table Display
*Nominate a Colleague for Courageous Educator Award
*Sponsor the Conference
Sunday April 11th, 2018: Racial Equity Curriculum Partnership w/ "We Stories"
3-5pm at Lolly's Place (6800 Washington Ave in U City)
Would you like to observe "mentor teachers" read aloud about race to children and then coach you through racial literacy strategies? At this event, you will watch mentor teachers (grade levels Pre-K to upper elementary) read and talk about race with young children. You will also connect with teachers across school districts to engage in racial equity using children's literature as a tool.
Sunday January 21st, 2018: Racial Equity Curriculum Partnership w/ "We Stories"
3-5pm at The College School (7825 Big Bend Blvd in Webster Groves)
Would you like to observe "mentor teachers" read aloud about race to children and then coach you through racial literacy strategies? At this event, you will watch mentor teachers (grade levels Pre-K to upper elementary) read and talk about race with young children. You will also connect with teachers across school districts to engage in racial equity using children's literature as a tool. Please RSVP at this spreadsheet. Invite a colleague!
Sunday, December 3, 2017: Racial Equity Curriculum Partnership w/ "We Stories" Event, 3-5pm, Flance Early Learning Center, 1908 O'Fallon Street
Would you like to observe "mentor teachers" do read alouds about race to children and then coach you through racial literacy strategies? At this event, you will watch mentor teachers (grade levels Pre-K to upper elementary) read and talk about race with young children. You will also connect with teachers across school districts to engage in racial equity using children's literature as a tool.
Please RSVP on this form here: https://goo.gl/forms/UPsp4d8vv9z3RgXh2.
Click here to learn more about this event!
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:30pm, @ Harris-Stowe State University - MCU's "From Pipeline to Pathways Community Assembly"
Focus: Ending criminalization of Black youth by introducing school, police, and juvenile court reforms. Organizing under the umbrella of Metropolitan Congregations United and the ACLU, the goal is to end out-of-school-suspensions for K-3 in all districts around the region. Harris-Stowe State University’s Henry Givens Auditorium. 3026 Laclede Avenue , St. Louis, MO. Volunteers needed to park cars, usher, & register folks! Email Gail at email@example.com if you can volunteer.
Click here to learn more about the history and goals of this initiative!
Sunday, November 19, 2017: ESJ Conference Planning Meeting, 3-4pm @ Wydown Middle School
Join us at Wydown Middle School, 6500 Wydown Blvd, St Louis, MO 63105 for the next 13th Annual Educating for Change Curriculum Conference Planning Meeting. Theme: "Building Counter-Narratives for Radical Healing and Hope"
Monday, October 16 ,7-9 p.m @ New Northside Conference Center: "Know Your Rights When Engaging with Law Enforcement"
The ACLU of Missouri is hosting this workshop to help you learn about best practices for engaging with law enforcement, discuss how to best protect your rights, and connect with awesome community organizations! The New Northside Conference Center is located at 5939 Goodfellow Blvd, St. Louis, 63147. For more information or questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 6:30.
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:30pm, MCU's "From Pipeline to Pathways Community Assembly" @ Harris-Stowe State University
Focus: Ending criminalization of Black youth by introducing school, police, and juvenile court reforms. Organizing under the umbrella of Metropolitan Congregations United and the ACLU, the goal is to end out-of-school-suspensions for K-3 in all districts around the region. Harris-Stowe State University 3026 Laclede Avenue , St. Louis, MO
Click here to learn more about the history and goals of this initiative! REGISTRATION:
Saturday October 7th, 2017: Literacy Roundtable Trivia Night Fundraiser, 7-10pm @ DK Solutions
The Literacy Roundtable is a longtime partner and collaborator with Educators for Social Justice. Join us for the 4th Annual Literacy Roundtable Trivia Night to raise awareness and funds to support literacy in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. DK Solutions is located at 2727 Jefferson Avenue. Doors open at 6:30. For registration information, click here.
Sunday, October 1, 2017: "Healing & Hope Teach-In in Response to Racialized Current Events", 1:00-3:00pm @ DeSmet Jesuit High
RSVP REQUIRED through this GoogleForm.
Due to the context of the current political climate (Stockley verdict, Charlottesville, & other racialized events), ESJ is organizing a "Teach-In" to explore how teachers can engage with issues of racial violence and justice in their classrooms as a route to radical hope and healing. We will begin with a panel during which we will discuss experiences, tensions, and strategies on race talk with students. In small-group break-out sessions, our focus will be on sharing resources, activities and strategies on how to address racial issues with students at various age levels and create spaces of healing and hope during this contentious time. Educators across the lifespan are welcome to join the dialogue.
Saturday, September 23, 2017: "From Pipeline to Pathways: Planning the 2017 Public Meeting" 9-11am @ MCU Office (4501 Westminster Place 2nd Presbyterian Church 3rd Fl)
MCU is planning a meeting to hold public officials accountable and draw the community into the conversation and work. Our children are the most valuable resource we have. MCU is working through the Break the Pipeline campaign to keep them in school, keep the safe and create a PATHWAY for a great future. Please join to help plan the public meeting. RSVP encouraged, not required:
Thursday, September 21, 2017: Book Club, "Help for Billy", 5:00-7:30pm, Panera by the Esquire
This Book Club is an effort to focus our Restorative Justice themes we have been exploring the past several years. An official flyer is coming soon! We are meeting at the Panera by the Esquire : 6734 Clayton Rd, Clayton, MO 63117
RSVP encouraged, not required:
September 10, 2017: Racial Equity Curriculum Partnership w/ We Stories
Are you a teacher who yearns to observe "mentor teachers" read aloud books about race to children and then coach you through racial literacy strategies? This event is meant to connect teachers across school districts and around the region to engage substantially around racial equity using children's literature as a tool. Click here read more details on this partnership and event!
July 13, 2017: Jammin' for Justice
Join MCU at our annual fundraiser, Jammin' for Justice!!! All proceeds go to the #Breakthepipeline initiative. Always a night of fun, this year we our honored to have amazing DJ's from The Soulition (Nappy DJ Needles and DJ Agile One) provide the music! As always, the night will include food, cash bar, a raffle, an auction, and door prizes! Tickets are available online via eventbrite below:
June 22-24, 2017: The Rogue Forum Conference
The Rogue Forum is in St. Louis this year on June 23-24th at St. Louis University. The theme of the forum is Resist. The forum hopes to engage activists, students, educators, and scholars in a discussion of ways to leverage classrooms, schools, and higher education institutions to actively resist the overt assault on marginalized communities, the rise of nationalism, and the delegitimization of critical thought. The forum will demonstrate the importance of “place” in resistance by using St. Louis as a site that illustrates how activism, organization, and intersectionality can challenge a corrupt democracy. The conference is geared for K-12 educators interested in issues of justice. The conference is very affordable for teachers ($30 for two days). Sarah Kendzior - St. Louis based author and journalist -- will deliver the keynote lecture Friday night. Registration & more info: https://rougeforumconference.wordpress.com/
June 14, 2017: Fundraiser at Galleria California Pizza Kitchen
If you eat at California Pizza Kitchen at the Richmond Heights Galleria on June 14 between 11:00am-9:30pm, you will be helping us earn 20% back on the sales! Mention "Educators for Social Justice," and it will count towards our fundraising goal. We need at least 20 people to RSVP using this link to keep the fundraiser going. You can come if you don't RSVP, but we would GREATLY appreciate you RSVPing using the link to help make our goal.
June 4, 2017: Launch of Racial Equity Curriculum Partnership
ESJ has teamed up with We Stories to strengthen racial equity practices amongst educators in the St. Louis area by creating partnerships between teachers. Become a "Mentor" or "Apprentice" teacher and attend our Partnership Launch Event on June 4, 2017 at 2:30pm at Adams Elementary School, 1311 Tower Grove Ave. To learn more about this event, click on our "Become a Curriculum Partner" page.
May 11, 2017: #GiveSTLDay
Thursday, May 11th is #GiveSTLDay which is designed to raise funds for nonprofits in St. Louis, including Educators for Social Justice. Your donations will go directly to building and sustaining a social justice network for educators in the St. Louis region.
Help us raise funds to support key initiatives:
April 6-9, 2017: Community Event:
Tauheed Youth Group Reunion
For more than 30 years, Anthony Shahid has been a youth advocate and community activist, mentoring youth in jails and in dozens of schools, working to bring thousands of jobs to the community and mediating discrimination cases at several large companies. He’s reached out to families whose loved ones fell to gun violence and police-involved shootings. From April 6-9, Shahid will host a Tauheed reunion for all the men who participated in the Tauheed group and anyone else whose life Shahid has touched.
March 14, 2017: Speaker Series: Elaine Brown
Elaine Brown, the former chairperson of the Black Panther Party, will deliver a presentation entitled "Education for Liberation" and serve as the Inaugural Speaker for the Des Lee Urban Education Speaker Series on Race, Class and Community. Co-sponsors: Associated Black Collegians, Educators for Social Justice, College of Education Dean's Committee on Social Justice, Liberated Genius, TEACH Society (Teaching, Educating, Advancing, Counseling, and Healing).
12th Annual Midwest LGBTQ+ Law Conference
On Friday March 3, 1:00-6:00pm, Keynote Speaker Chai Feldblum will discuss "Protecting LGBTQ+ Progress in Challenging Times." On Saturday March 4, 11:00am-3:30pm, Former LGBT Community Liaison at The White House, Gautam Raghavan, will deliver a Keynote Speech.
November 13, 2017: Regional School Assembly: Keeping Our Kids in the Classroom
Join us for this event on Sunday, November 13, from 3-5pm at Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary. Teachers and staff from local school districts will be coming together in an effort to reform school discipline, address racial disparities in school discipline, and work to end suspensions for PreK-3rd grade students.
October 13, 2017: Book Club:
Between the World and Me
Our October book club will focus on the book Between the World and Me by: Ta-Nehisi Coates. Join us on Thursday, October 13, at 5:30pm at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood for this first book club of the 2016-2017 school year. This year we'll be offering a social justice book club bimonthly to discuss some great books related to social justice and education.
July 14-16: Symposium
ESJ will be presenting at NCTE's WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute on Saturday, July 16, from 9:30-11:45am. If you're attending the conference, please come to our symposium on Critical Conversations about Race, Power, and Education in our Schools and Communities.
April 17: Book Club: Teaching for Joy
Please join us for a casual chat around Teaching For Joy and Justice, by Linda Christensen. This book provides practical strategies and suggestions to use writing as a way to foster and build community while also building students’ skills in constructing narratives, poetry, essays, and analysis of literature. Even if you read just part of the book, we welcome your comments, stories, and thoughts around this topic. See https://edmo.do/g/79vn9c to join in the discussion about the book online.
April 2: Trivia Night Fundraiser
Join us on Saturday, April 2, for a trivia night benefitting Educators for Social Justice. Doors open at 6:15pm and trivia starts at 7:00pm. The trivia night is being held at Glaziers Local 513 near I-44 and Hampton (5916 Wilson, St. Louis, MO 63110). The cost is $20 per person (maximum of 8 per table). You may register as an individual or table. Cost includes beer, soda, and popcorn. It will be a fun evening with cash prizes for the top 3 tables, attendance prizes, 50/50 drawings, raffle, and more! The trivia night is being organized by SLU's MSW Alumni & Student Association and proceeds will be donated to ESJ.
January 20: Film Screening: A Place at the Table
Join us on Wednesday, January 20, from 6:15-9:00pm at the Mid-County Branch of the St. Louis County Library (7821 Maryland Ave. in Clayton). We will be co-sponsoring a screening of the film “A Place at the Table” which highlights issues of hunger and food insecurity in our country, particularly as it relates to children and their learning in the classroom. This is a critical social justice issue and this film will hopefully get us all thinking about what we can do to take action.
January 24: ESJ Fundraiser at Bread Company
Join us on Tuesday, January 12, 4-8pm, at the Brentwood Bread Co. (1909 Brentwood Blvd.). Anyone that brings our flyer to the Brentwood Bread Co that night will have a portion of their purchase donated to ESJ. This fundraiser will help us raise funds for our upcoming conference as well as events throughout the year. Members of ESJ will also be present from 6-7pm that night if you’d like to sit down and chat with us, get to know our group better, and learn more about some of the social justice work happening in local classrooms.
June 8-12: Missouri History Museum’s 1st Annual Summer Teacher Institute
Join us for a week-long Summer Teacher Institute as we parter to explore methods for Teaching Tough Topics. Tough topics arise in all disciplines, so educators of all subjects and grade levels are encouraged to attend.
Dates: June 8 - June 12, 2015
Time: 8:00a.m - 3:00p.m.
Location: Missouri History Museum
April 14: Book Club: Discipline that Restores
Join us for a Book Club Meet-up on April 14 at 5:00 at Schlafly Bottleworks. This book is based on Restorative Justice principles and provides strategies to create respect, cooperation, and responsibility in the classroom in its monumental effort to articulate a reproducible step-by-step process to increase cooperation and mutual respect in schools.
March 6: ESJ Meet and Greet
Did you attend our recent conference? Use this as an opportunity to network with other social justice minded educators and share ideas that you have tried out since the conference. You'll be sure to leave energized and ready to continue working for social justice in your classroom. Date: Friday, March 6, 2015. Time: 5:30p.m. Location: Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Details: Come meet members of ESJ and learn more about our group. We'd love to chat and get to know you better!
May 12: Workshop on Activism and Social Justice in Teacher Education
Dail Chambers will discuss her work with Bread and Roses, a collaboration with Riverview High School that uses art to teach social justice and activism. Lindsay Robinson will facilitate small group discussions of transforming teacher education with an eye toward action.