Social Justice Education Fair: Workshop Proposal Submission Form
Please fill out this brief form if you are interested in leading a workshop during the 6th Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair.

Proposals are due by Friday, September 1st, 2017. The Fair is happening Friday October 20th, the Friday of MEA Week. See Theme for the Fair below:

THIS IS NOT A TEST: White Supremacy, Climate Change, and the Future of Our Schools

This is not a test. Schools divide students into “failures” and success, exclude families and communities, and marginalize staff who want change. We feel the hot, hurtful consequences everyday, and refuse to see more lives ruined. Yet, society, like our schools, is on fire. A new President brings nothing but another 4 years of mass deportations, climate chaos, police murder, rape culture, mass incarceration, gentrification, white supremacist terror, and war. When students walkout, families demand change, or staff stand up - retaliation comes, communities respond - and the future is born from our collective efforts.

This is not a drill. The drill is under the Mississippi River. Standing Rock woke the nation but liberals refused to fight to win, now oil will flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline. Yet our schools continue as normal, recreating their own pipelines. These pipelines funnel black and brown children from schools to prison: racist special ed labeling is a mental attack on our capacities as human beings, while prison beds are set to third grade reading levels. The staff who fight these pipelines are fired. We are our only protection, we must fight back. Organize, or else.

The oceans are projected to be dead by 2050, when our current kindergarteners will be 38 years old. A majority of students face poverty and gentrification. Many face daily threats of violence, family collapse, no opportunities but low wage jobs or worse. White supremacists gather at the MN Capitol against immigrants, and for Trump. How are our assessment tools taking that into account? How can we defend our communities and ourselves? Playtime is over, new ways to expand our imaginations and change the world are what schools needs most; and yet all we get is more test prep in reading and math.

Will we change systems designed to maintain the status quo or be drowned by them? Will we connect our aspirations for ourselves - students, families, educators, and communities - with the broader struggles of all for justice and sustainability, self-determination and freedom? How? When?

Call For Proposals
For the 6th annual Social Justice Education Fair we ask you to propose workshops that showcase the work that is succeeding for our students, families, educators, and communities. We are looking for workshops that directly confront the problems schools and society face, and embolden us all to dream and build together in order to solve them. Our whole society lurches towards an uncertain future as climate catastrophes and open white supremacy increasingly change the landscape. It is on us as educators, students, families, and communities to choose, imagine, and fight for a future worth having - and to transform schools and society to serve that purpose.

We call on all education revolutionaries - particularly K-12 students, families, and educators- to submit your workshop proposals, discussions, panels, etc., by September 1, 2017 (submission form here). 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 the Fair’s 2017 theme (This Is Not A Test!”) and consider the following questions:
● How are students, families, educators, and communities - particularly working class people and people of color - already struggling for a radically just and sustainable world within, across, and beyond schools? How can we better defend, expand, or support these efforts?
● How do we understand the moment we’re in, and how can schools be places that help clarify that moment and grow revolutionary consciousness for students, families, educators, and communities?
● What are we doing in and as schools to succeed for our students, families, and communities in relation to present and growing catastrophes and structural violence? How can we defend ourselves, each other, and that which is working?
● How is intensifying white supremacy and climate change changing our schools? How are we working to fight white supremacy or climate change within our schools?
● What are the ways in which the education system embodies and prevents the creation of social justice in society and education, particularly around climate change and white supremacy?
● How are, or can we, reenvision schools to meet the challenges of the present? What should the future of schools look/be like?

Want To Collaborate With Us on Your Workshop Ideas?
Let us know how we can co-create an event you need for fights in your schools and communities, or if you want to create a series of related workshops (often called a “track”) for the Fair. Workshops and Workshop Tracks will be reviewed and approved by the planning team as they are submitted.
Email *
Title of Workshop *
Facilitator Name(s) and school/organization affiliations *
Email *
Phone number *
Description of workshop (for our program) *
Maximum of 200 words! Please include and relevant organizational or website links
Share a few tags, keywords or hash tags 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? *
See for a description of our vision, goals, and theme
Briefly describe how you plan to facilitate your workshop in ways that are participatory and engaging. *
Will you be sharing curriculum with educators that attend your workshop? What skills do you hope attendees will be able to walk away with? *
Is this workshop youth-led or youth co-led? *
Is this workshop parent-led or co-led? *
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)!
Workshop needs
Use this space to let us know of any materials (whiteboard, big paper, markers, etc.) you will need.
Any other information you'd like us to know about your workshop or your experience in education? *
How did you hear about the fair? *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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