NYCoRE 2014 Conference: Radical Possibilities
Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8:45 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
5th Annual NYCoRE Conference
The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
283 Adams Street
Moderator: Ama Codjoe, Dreamyard Action Project and NYCoRE Member
8:45-9:30 Registration and Breakfast
9:30-10:45 Opening and Keynote
11:00-12:30 Workshop #1
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Tabling
1:45- 3:15 Workshop #2
3:30-5:00 Workshop #3
5:00-5:45 Community Building
6:00-8:00 After party
As those who spend time in schools well know, our schools do not function as bubbles. Both in individual interactions, and in large-scale policies, the inequities and injustices that permeate our society as a whole are keenly evident inside classrooms. To quote Jean Anyon, a scholar who has been an inspiration to many of us, an urban school “is an institution whose basic problems are caused by, and whose basic problems reveal, the other crises in cities: poverty, joblessness, and low-wages, and racial and class segregation” (2005, p. 177). In understanding the significant challenges faced by students, parents, and educators, these contextual factors cannot be ignored.
Even in the midst of these inequities, schools remain full of passion and potential. The joyful possibility of justice and liberation is at the heart of the work of teaching and learning, and is what sustains many educators in a policy climate that devalues and undermines their work. That possibility is called into being when a student takes a risk to express a dearly-held idea, when a parent-teacher conversation transforms both participants, when a teacher realizes that maybe they didn’t have to hold on to control so tightly. We are reminded that a flash of understanding can appear; that inspiration can strike; that tomorrow can be different from today.
When those moments of possibility and justice occur inside schools, they are beautiful and powerful. But they are not enough. Not enough to counter the school-to-prison pipeline. Not enough to counter profit-driven education “reforms.” Not enough to dismantle the barriers to opportunity that exist for undocumented students, students living in poverty, students who experience racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, and other forms of structural oppression. The challenges and injustices that we face call us to draw upon all of our creativity, unity, and strength to imagine radically different schools in a radically different world.
The problems that our schools face will not be fixed by band-aids or by the lemon-juice-in-the-wound of teacher evaluation systems. They won’t be fixed by collecting more data, or by more testing, or by squeezing more phonics drills into a shorter time. As these pressures increase, we must become ever more creative in imagining radical possibilities and creating change, both within schools, and in the larger society of which they are a part. We must imagine ways for students to speak their experiences loudly and clearly, not just to classmates, but to their school, neighborhood, and global communities. We must imagine ways for parents and teachers to work together, not only during two nights of the year, but in lasting, sturdy coalitions that could revive the heart and soul of education. We must imagine ways in which each of us can move beyond our fears and our habits and reach out to others, building the passionate and powerful community connections that catalyze social change.
Anyon wrote of the power of such Radical Possibilities: “If those of us who are angry about injustice can recapture this revolutionary spirit of democracy, and if we can act on it together, then we may be able to create a force powerful enough to produce economic justice and real, long-term school reform in America’s cities (2005, P. 200).” Only by working as a people united can we imagine a different world; a world based in justice, equity, democracy, love and joy.
Reference: Anyon, J. (2005). Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement, pp. 49, 177. Routledge: New York, NY.
Transportation: 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall. A,C,F to Metro Tech-Jay Street- [check for service changes]
|Name||Location||Distance from Conference||Price|
|Icon Parking Systems||111 Livingston Street (between Boerum Pl and Court St)||0.3 miles||$10/10 hours|
|GGMC Parking||22 Smith Street||0.3 miles||$8/all day|
|Manhattan Parking Boro Corporation||40 Clinton Street||0.3 miles||$13 all day; $23 for vans and SUVs|
|Central Parking at the Marriott||333 Adams Street||338 feet||$18/car, $30/SUV|
|Brother's Car Park||180 Montague Street||0.3 miles||$12 all day, $18 for SUVs|
|Central Parking at 1 Pierpont Plaza||300 Cadman Plaza West||0.2 miles||$10/all day, $20 for large cars|
|Car Park Systems||120 Concord Street/219 Jay Street||0.3 miles||$16/12 hours, $24 4x4, out by 12am|
When & Where
New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)
New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) is a group of public school educators committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community, parent, and student organizations. We are educators who believe that education is an integral part of social change and that we must work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings. NYCoRE members hold in common nine Points of Unity which can be found here: http://www.nycore.org/nycore-info/points-of-unity/