Went to a great conference this morning put on by Teachers 4 Social Justice: “Teaching for Social Justice: The Power of Community”. The keynote speaker was Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, a renown education professor whose talk was informative, funny, eye-opening, and moving. For more on her, check out her school bio at http://eps.education.wisc.edu/faculty/ladson-billings.asp I wanted to attend so many of the different workshops but alas, you can only pick one for the morning session and one for the afternoon! I wasn’t able to attend the afternoon session, but I will definitely try to make it back for the conference next year!
Teachers 4 Social Justice is a grassroots non-profit teacher support and development organization. Our mission is to provide opportunities for self-transformation, leadership, and community building to educators in order to affect meaningful change in the classroom, school, community and society.
We have been working together for the past 10 years. The majority of us are classroom teachers, working in public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, who do this work beyond their work day. However our members include community based educators, private school educators, principals, administrators and parents. T4SJ is a volunteer based organization. We receive a majority of our funding from the individual donations of ourselves, fellow educators and folks that want to support our work. We generally don’t receive money from foundations to do our work. We focus on building our organization by building our educator volunteer base.
If you want to join us and you live in the area, come to one of our general meetings which are listed on the calendar under “Upcoming Events” on our home page. These meetings are open and a great place to plug in.
Learn more at http://www.t4sj.org/