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Continuing Education

Writing Wrongs: Teaching Justice Fighter Essays

Date: October 10 2012 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

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In the introduction to Rethinking Our Classrooms, the editors wrote, “Curriculum and classroom practice must be: Hopeful, joyful, kind, and visionary.” So how do we, as social justice teachers, expose our students to the myriad historical and contemporary truths of injustice, prejudice and systematic cruelty while still being hopeful, joyful, kind, and visionary?

One way is to share examples of how people have organized to fight injustice throughout history. With a little digging, I am confident there is a corresponding movement for justice that accompanies every example of injustice in our history.

This workshop takes participants through a writing and social studies unit analyzing several people who have fought for justice.  We will discuss characteristics of essay writing, reading and writing strategies and approaches to social justice teaching in elementary and middle grades classrooms.  In this three-hour workshop, participants will have a chance to write, collaborate and plan their own lessons.

Credit option: This workshop is part of the “Rethinking Schools Series”. Each workshop in the Rethinking Schools Series can be taken individually or in sequence, with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit after completing all 5 in the series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series.

Instructor: Katharine Johnson, M.A.T.

About the Instructor

Katharine Johnson, B.A. ‘93, M.A.T. ‘98 is a teacher at Irvington School in Northeast Portland.  She has taught 1st through 8th grade as well as working for a few years as a writing coach.  In addition to teaching, Katharine is co-director of the Oregon Writing Project and active with Portland Area Rethinking Schools.  

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