A RADICAL Alternative on the MTS PD Day - Friday, October 21
We, the Manitoba Educators for Social Justice (MESJ), are very excited to present our third annual WISE conference (Workshops in Sustainability & Equality). Teachers, teacher candidates, educational assistants, administrators, and all other educators are welcome to attend. We encourage all educators, regardless of grade level or subject area, who have a passion for social justice to join us. Those of you who have attended our previous conferences know we've always aimed to incorporate democratic participation into our day. This year we will fully embrace this format as we greatly value the knowledge of our participants and the passion they bring to social justice issues. After reading the feedback from the last two years, as per your request, we wanted to ensure increased networking opportunities and time for action-planning with like-minded educators. With that in mind, this year's format will include 'edcamp' style discussions*, democratic participation, networking opportunities, a flexible open space, and action planning time. While specific topics will largely be determined by our participants on the day, we anticipate the exploration of themes related to gender, race, class, sexuality, nationalism, democracy, political economy, and sustainability, all through the lens of education and pedagogy, and across all subject areas and grade levels.
8:30-9:15 - Breakfast and Registration
9:15-9:30 - MESJ Welcome
9:30-10:00 - Democratic Participation (small group)
10:00-10:30 - Networking Opportunity
10:30-11:00 - Break
11:00-12:00 - Mini 'edcamp' style discussions may include:
- Queer education
- Precarious labour as an educator
- Sexism, feminism, gender, and consent
- Indigenous education - Indian act & treaties
- Math in social justice
- Pipeline protests & resource extraction
- Social justice in pedagogy
- Literature in social justice
- Sports, militarism, and misogyny
- The rise of the extreme right in the USA
- How to talk about Palestine?
- Oh Canada and its 150years
12:00-1:15 - Lunch
1:15-1:30 - Democratic Participation (small group)
1:30-2:30 - Where to now? (action planning time)
2:30-3:00 - Wrap-up & future events
3:15-? - MESJdrinks @ Brick & Whisky
We will only be accepting 80 participants for WISE and as there is an early bird discount we recommend you register early. Please share this information with any like-minded educators you think may be interested in attending our workshop (and display the attached poster on staffroom bulletin boards if possible) .
*Innovative 'edcamp' style 'unconferences' are on the leading edge of professional development in education. Our goal is an organic, participant-driven professional learning experience by educators, for educators. We believe with our collective experience we can help each other discover new ways of learning, teaching, and thinking about social justice, reignite this passion in the classroom, and pass it on to our students across the province. We have set the schedule for the day but many of the specific details will be determined by the participants on the day of the event. Everyone is welcome to propose a discussion as conversation and collaboration are paramount. The day is largely participant-driven and while you do not need to 'present', anyone with a good idea is encouraged to lead a conversation as we hope the day will be all about learning and sharing. Please bring your sharable recourses. You are welcome to propose a discussion where you are the expert or where you are the one with questions or concerns as sometimes the best learning is born of informal conversation.