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NYCORE Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs) 2015

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)

Friday, January 23, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

NYCORE Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs) 2015

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Itag Participant ( 2 or more from same organization/institution) Ended $25.00 $0.00
Itag College or Preservice Teacher Ended $20.00 $0.00

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The New York Collective of Radical Educators is pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers to build community and develop as activists.  Educators will participate in Inquiry to Action Groups linking social justice issues with classroom practice.  Small groups will meet weekly (for a total of six, two-hour sessions plus a kick-off and possible conference workshop) between January and March to share experiences, respond to readings, exchange ideas and develop action plans.

 ItAG Kick Off Meeting: A general kick-off meeting for all ItAG participants will be held Friday, January 23rd, 6:00– 8:00 p.m. at NYU, Pless Hall @ 82 Washington Square East (between Greene and Washington Square Park). 3rd floor Lounge. Dinner provided. (Call Rita @ 240.506.07861 if you have trouble finding the location). All registered participants of the itags are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend.

Registration: The registration fee is $30. Multiple teachers from the same school can register together for the same or different ItAG for a reduced rate of $25 each.  This will cover the cost of materials and support NYCoRE’s ongoing work. To register, visit Questions? Email or rita@nycore.or

1. DON’T CALL ME BABY: Speaking about Sexism
Sexism often complicates and compounds the understanding of oppression and bias in our communities and school. This ItAG provides a space for educators at large to (re)prioritize discussions and understanding of sexism, a system of oppression which often gets dismissed, ignored or eclipsed by other intersecting experiences of inequity. Through readings, discussions, and opportunities for self-reflection, participants will interrogate how educational spaces replicate and/or promote patriarchy, misogyny and sexism inside/outside school walls.

Facilitators: Wazina Zondon is a sexuality educator and trainer currently teaching at a public all-girl high school in Brooklyn. She is also the co-creator and co-performer of Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love. Nina Mauceri is a former public school teacher, coach and administrator. She is currently a third year doctoral student at NYU in urban education researching LGBTQ adolescents and schooling and the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality.

Location: Manhattan, NYU Campus, specific location TBD.

Dates: Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 pm. Kick off on 1/23; sessions following on1/28 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, and 3/11.

2. Pushing Back Against Pushout: Restorative Approaches to School “Discipline”
This weekly group will serve as an inquiry into restorative and transformative justice practices, including a look at the history and current political context of this philosophy and practice in schools; a study of particular skill-based practices; and discussion of what implementation can look like in partnership with youth & parents in schools city wide. We encourage current public school educators, students and families to sign up, and no level of RJ experience is necessary.

Facilitators: Tyler Brewster and E.M. / Elana Eisen-Markowitz are both Organizing Council members of Teachers Unite ( Tyler has worked as a middle & high school math teacher, a Dean of Student Discipline and a UFT Chapter Leader in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She is currently a Community Coordinator, with a specific focus on Restorative Practices, at The James Baldwin School for Expeditionary Learning, a transfer high school in Chelsea. E.M. has worked as a high school Social Studies teacher, a part-time Restorative Approaches coordinator and a UFT chapter leader in the South Bronx. This fall, she began teaching at City-As-School, an
alternative transfer high school in the West Village. Both Tyler and E.M. have worked in NYC public schools for the past 8 years.

Location: James Baldwin School, 351 West 18th Street, Manhattan.

Dates: Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. Kick off on1/23; sessions following on 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17.

3. Teaching Cuba: Another World is Possible
Students and teachers come to school with varying knowledge and understandings (and misunderstandings) about Cuba, its history, and its place in the world today. We will explore some of these perceptions and deconstruct their representations in media and curricula, addressing questions about freedom, democracy, poverty, and more. We will also examine what Cuba’s reality, and the very recent change in US-Cuba relations might mean in the struggle to re-imagine our work towards social justice. Participants will come away with resources and tools (hopefully curricula!) to responsibly incorporate Cuba into their teaching.

Facilitators: Malcolm Sacks is a 12th Grade Social Studies teacher at Bronx International High School. He is also a member of the anti-imperialist Cuba solidarity project, the Venceremos Brigade, and has traveled to Cuba six times. Rita Kamani-Renedo is an English and ESL teacher at City-As-School, an alternative transfer high school in Manhattan. She has traveled to Cuba twice with the Venceremos Brigade.

Location: TBD (Manhattan)

Dates: Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm. Kick off on 1/23; sessions following on 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, and 3/12.

4. #BeyondtheMarches: Living, Teaching and Organizing through the Intersections
As educators of color we are often expected to take the lead–or asked to remain silent–on difficult conversations about race. At our respective institutions this role can often be both a necessary responsibility as well as a burden. Particularly in an age of contentious debate and protest over the heighten visibility of the police state and its effects on black lives and ongoing marches and protests calling for racial justice, the need to re-center race is crucial and imperative. This ItAG will examine how educators of color can build a pedagogical practice that is courageous but also sustainable. Through discussions and readings, this ItAG looks to create an intentional
and disciplined use of our experiences and identities, as educators of color, to transform our classrooms into spaces for productive dialogues about race and its articulations with other vectors of oppression. 

** This ItAG is created by, for and open only to folks/educators of color. **

Facilitators: José Alfredo Menjivar is a writer, educator, activist and doctoral student in the Urban Education program at The Graduate Center, CUNY and adjunct lecturer across NYC universities. His scholarship centers on how race, class, gender, sexuality, language and citizenship fundamentally shapes and marks the ways youth and folks of color exist, participate, negotiate and navigate the word and the world. Angel Rubiel Gonzalez is an educator, researcher, and speaker with a focus on Black and Latino men and boys. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Hunter College at the City University of New York and his M.A. and Ph.D in Education at University of California, Berkeley.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center (Room TBD), 365 5th Avenue, Manhattan (Bring ID).

Dates: Tuesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Kick off on1/23; sessions following on 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17.

5. Transforming the Curriculum: Social Justice Pedagogy Meets Mandated Curricula
In this study group, participants will explore what it means to be a social justice educator in the context of education reform and the Common Core. We will examine mandated curriculum and standards and with an eye towards creating units that incorporate cultural relevance and social action. Teachers will work together to transform their own curriculum into a tool that is critical and socially relevant.

Facilitators: Jonathan Ho is Head Teacher and High School Advisor at Brooklyn Free School, an independent school in Clinton Hill that emphasizes direct participatory democracy, student voice, and social justice. Prior to that, he taught tenth grade science and mathematics for several years in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Originally from California, Laura Kaneko is in her 2nd year as a 4th grade teacher at a dual language school in East New York and has been involved with NYCoRE since 2011.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center (Room TBD), 365 5th Avenue, Manhattan (Bring ID).

Dates: Thursday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Kick off on 1/23; sessions following on 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, and 3/12.

6. Meet Me Half-Way: #Undocumented Students & #OurSchools
As educators we are constantly battling systemic injustice and trying to figure out how best to advocate for our students. In this ItAG, we will begin by exploring the context undocumented students and their families face in New York City. We will then identify ways in which we can empower our students, inside and outside of school, to become advocates for immigration reform. The facilitation of this ItAG is a collaboration between the New York State Youth Leadership Council, New York’s “undocumented youth-led, membership led, organization that empowers immigrant youth to drop the fear and challenge the broken immigration system through leadership
development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement, and a welcoming space for self-expression” and TeachDREAM-- a working group of NYCoRE focused on making NYC public schools safer spaces for undocumented students and families. Student discount available for high school/college students.

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Facilitators: Janet Perez is an undocumented student activist at Lehman College and coordinator of the mentoring program at the New York State Youth Leadership Council, an undocumented-youth led organization fighting for undocumented immigrant rights. Lupe Ambrosio volunteers as a core member with the NYSYLC and is part of the Arts and Expression Committee - a space where members use their creative skills to express and explore advocacy through the arts. She plans to pursue a degree in Early Childhood to use skills in filmmaking and design to empower youth. Greg Halzen is a NYCoRE and TeachDreamNYC work group member and is employed as a
mentor of new teachers in the Teacher Residency at Teachers College program. Greg taught for 7 years in NYC DOE middle school bilingual education programs and is serving as a delegate-at-large for the NYS Association for Bilingual Education.

Location: The New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC), 339 Lafayette St. (Manhattan), Suite #304

Dates: Mondays from 6:00-8:00pm. Kick off on 1/23; sessions following on 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, and 3/9.

Have questions about NYCORE Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs) 2015? Contact New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)



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:

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