Washington D.C. Area Events


October 17, 2017 – May 9, 2018

Cinema Classroom at the Avalon: During the 2017-2018 school year the Avalon Theatre is offering free film screenings through Cinema Classroom for students in 6th-12th grade. See a list of the films. Middle and high school educators interested in this opportunity should register online, or contact Sarah Pokempner at 202-966-2149 or filmeducation@theavalon.org. The Avalon is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. All DC public and public charter schools are eligible to register with the DC Collaborative for transportation assistance. Contact info@dccollaborative. org or visit www.dccollaborative.org for more information.


October 19, 2017

Educators of Color Support Group Meeting: Together we will explore ways to strengthen the power of educators of color in the fight for social justice within our schools, communities, and nation. Meet at the Lamond-Riggs Public Library (Fort Totten Metro). Read about the group and RSVP.


October 21, 2017

Teaching Beyond Food, Clothing, and Shelter: Ready to start your school year with more information about Native cultures and strategies and resources you can use right away with your students? This hands-on workshop is for 2nd to 4th grade teachers interested in learning more about local Native people and how to help share their culture with students. Teachers will explore identity and culture through first person voices, photographs, galleries, and hands-on engagement. Learn more.


November 1, 2017

EmpowerED and DC Area Educators for Social Justice Workshop: For decades, education reformers have invested countless hours and billions of dollars in teacher accountability, evaluation, testing and data movements that have failed to move the needle for urban schools. Despite modest test score gains in D.C., the achievement gap has only grown in recent years.

EmpowerED is a new D.C. area organization that seeks to lift the voices of teachers in order to improve school climate and student results by helping educators gain agency in their educational communities. The organization seeks to make educators integral to decision-making, free them to innovate and lead inspired classrooms, and to hold schools accountable for not just test scores, but for the staff morale and school climate factors that lead to high turnover and drive out our best teachers.

If you are a teacher, administrator, expert or advocate for teacher empowerment and would like to learn how to get involved, please join EmpowerED and DC Area Educators for Social Justice for a workshop on November 1st, 2017 at the Petworth Neighborhood Library located at 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011.

Please RSVP.


November 2-5, 2017

44th Annual Conference on D.C. History: The 2017 conference examines the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1968. The conference sessions will explore 1968 and the civil unrest as a pivotal moment in the history of the District, the history of activism in the area, and the dynamics race, politics, governance, and history played in the events. How does 1968 resonate today? Learn more.


November 3-4, 2017

Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) Dinner: (Nov 36-9pm) The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually at the CABA Dinner to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. Learn more. (See book awards).

Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) Book Festival: (Nov 4, 11am-2pm) Bring the family to the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and enjoy meeting the authors, art activities, storytelling, face painting and delicious food. Learn more.


November 4, 2017

Beverly Daniel Tatum – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race: Updated to reflect recent events, Tatum’s classic study of the psychology of racism is as urgent and important now as when it first appeared in 1997. Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, was recognized for her groundbreaking work with the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, the highest honor presented by the American Psychological Association. Her book resists the nation’s current polarization, countering violence with an appeal for direct and open talk about racial identity. This event will be held at Politics & Prose and is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.


November 21, 2017

Operation Understanding DC Application 2018: Operation Understanding DC is an organization that provides an experiential learning, leadership development program for Washington, DC area Black and Jewish high school juniors. Students can apply for the 2018 program by November 21.


December 4, 2017

People’s History Trivia Night: A night for social justice teachers and friends. Join us for a fun night of questions and answers about the history often missing from textbooks—the role of women, people of color, labor, and other social movements.


December 14, 2017

Student Free Speech Program: On December 14 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit will present a program on the free speech rights of students in order to introduce District of Columbia high school students to the federal court system and the role of judges in our system of governmental checks and balances.

The program will take place in the ceremonial courtroom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, at 333 Constitution Avenue, N.W., 6th Floor.

The students will watch a reenactment of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, addressing the free speech rights of high school students. Experienced attorneys will argue before three distinguished federal judges: The Honorable Judge David Tatel and Sri Srinivasan, who sit on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who sits on U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The students will then participate in a group activity about student free speech, and engage in a question-and-answer session with the judges.

If you have any questions, or would like to secure a place for your students to attend this exciting program, contact Andrea Ferster at aferster@railstotrails.org or (202) 974-5142.


January 17, 2018

Understanding the history of racism in the U.S.Professor Ibram X. Kendi, founder and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, will offer a presentation for teachers based on his book Stamped from the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. This event will  be hosted by the DC Area Educators for Social Justice from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Location TBD.


January 31, 2018

Fund For Teachers: Fund for Teachers is a program that awards summer fellowship grants to preK-12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning around the globe. Full-time PK-12 teachers, with at least 3 years teaching experience, can apply for up to $5,000 individually or a team of teachers can apply for up to $10,000. Learn more.


April 19-21, 2018

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Split This Rock invites proposals for workshops, panel and roundtable discussions, and themed group readings for the Sixth Biennial Split This Rock Poetry Festival, scheduled for April 19-21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The festival, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Split This Rock, will feature Kwame Dawes and Solmaz Sharif.


More peace and justice events in DC: Washington Peace Center


  

For many more upcoming conferences,
see the list on the Zinn Education Project website.

 

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