Social Justice Education Fair Workshop Proposal Submission Form
We’re Fed Up! Bite the hands that feed us! : resisting the menu of schooling.
From K-12 to college, students, teachers, and staff are reminded of the risk of questioning the status quo when warned “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!” But, when “the hand feeds you” is feeding you $#*t, you have no other choice but to bite it, precisely because we’re fed up! We’ve been steadily fed a diet chosen and controlled by those trying to oppress us. We’ve been fed up like cows for slaughter. It is now our duty to both fight back and bite back!
As Fannie Lou Hamer said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” We’re sick of white supremacy, settler education, SROs in schools, the repression of teachers who speak truth to power, the funneling of students into special education, the hollowing out of mental health services, the dismantling of ethnic studies, the colonizing curriculum that invites xenophobia, and continued attacks against queer, trans and gender expansive students in schools!
Are you or someone you know fed up with the bull$#*t? Highly allergic to it? Sick of it? If so, you are not alone. The good news is that you are in the company of students, teachers, staff persons, and others who make up a community of radicals committed to transformative educational work. The Social Justice Education Movement (SJEM) will be hosting the 7th Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 at Johnson High School in St. Paul and we are currently accepting proposals for workshops.
We call on all education revolutionaries - particularly K-12 students, families, and educators- to submit your workshop proposals by Sunday September 16, 2018. Workshop slots are 75 minutes long with four workshop sessions over the course of the day. As you craft your proposals, we encourage to keep with this year’s theme (Bite the hands that feed us!) and consider the following questions:
In what ways are K-12 students, families, and educators already biting the hands that feed them?
- Why is it our duty to both fight back and bite back?
- How do we develop a collective strategy to bite back when there are so many different hands “feeding” us?
- What are the consequences of biting the hands that feeds us? What happens when the hand that feeds us $#*t is the same hand that beats the $#*t out of us through budget cuts, detention, suspensions, expulsions, firings, threats to dismantle vital programming for students of color and Indigenous students etc?
- How do we create an educational community in which we are feeding ourselves? In other words, how can we be beholden to one another and not a hand that feeds us $#*t?
- How are we growing despite this $#*t?
Remember proposals are due Sunday September 16, 2018. So beat the back-to-school rush and submit today!
The more workshops, the stronger the bite!
Title of Workshop
Facilitator Name(s) and school/organization affiliations
Description of workshop (for our program)
Maximum of 200 words! Please include relevant organization and any website or social media links.
Share a few keywords or hashtags that would help to describe your workshop.
For example: alternatives to suspension or #decolonize
Who is your audience?
How does your workshop align with the Fair's vision, goals, and this year's theme?
for a description of our vision, goals, and theme
Briefly describe how you plan to facilitate your workshop in ways that are participatory, welcoming and engaging.
What is some music you might play before/during/after your session?
Will you be sharing curriculum with educators that attend your workshop? What skills do you hope attendees will be able to walk away with?
Check all that apply regarding the design of your workshop.
Is this workshop youth-led or youth co-led?
Is this workshop parent-led or co-led?
Are you willing to share a session with another presenter/group? (In "other," please jot ideas about who might be interesting co-presenters if you'd like)
What track, if any, would you like your workshop to be listed with? (can be multiple, if applicable)
By checking one or more tracks, your workshop will be grouped in the program with other like workshops. Tracks can be organized by anyone! If you want to see a track that isn't listed, describe it below and email
to see how we can support you to organize a track (i.e., recruiting workshops and activities that center a specific group of people or issue and are focused on building community and action)!
Youth Activists Summit (a.k.a., Youth Track)
Parents and Caregivers Track
In-School Organizing Track
Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators Track
Adult Basic Education/Adult Learners Track
Ethnic Studies Track
Teacher Education Track
Use this space to let us know of any materials (whiteboard, big paper, markers, etc.) you will need. If you can provide materials yourselves, we appreciate it.
Any other information you'd like us to know about your workshop, about accessibility, or about your experience in education?
How did you hear about the fair?
From a friend
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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