Washington D.C. Area Events
September 21-22, 2017
Américas Award Ceremony & Teacher Workshop: Celebrate the 2017 Américas Award honorees at this year’s award ceremony and teacher workshop. Come out and meet award-winning authors and illustrators and learn how to incorporate the books into your classroom or library. Speakers will include 2017 Américas Award winning author of The Only Road Alexandra Díaz, as well as Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us, an honor book, and Nadia L. Hohn, author of Malaika’s Costume, another honor book. Learn more. Sign up for the workshop here.
September 22, 2017
Global Social Justice Summer Research Symposium: American University Professor, Dr. Derek S. Hyra, will present on his book: Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City. Undergraduate fellows and faculty will also present on their summer social-justice research. This event will take place from 9:30am to 3:00pm in the Healey Family Student Center Social Room on the campus of Georgetown University. Registration is free.
September 30, 2017
Teaching Africa Day: As part of African Heritage Month this will be the first ever interactive and child-friendly event geared specifically toward educating children and youth about Africa. Educators, Authors, Leaders, Artists, and the whole community will share what they have learned from Africa, and African traditions. Guest speakers include Senators, Mrs. Nicole Peacock, representing the State Department Bureau of African Affairs, and Mr. Ikheola, Director of the Board of Education of Montgomery County. This event will take place at 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring MD from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
October 2, 2017
Indigenous People’s Day Curriculum Night: Join the D.C. Area Social Justice Educator Network for our first gathering! Share curriculum ideas and strategies for teaching students about Columbus and Indigenous People’s past and present history. This event will take place at Bus Boys and Poets (2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009) from 6pm-8pm. Please let us know if you can attend and share your classroom experiences with us.
October 13, 2017
African American Civil War Museum Teacher’s Night Out: Enjoy an evening at the African American Civil War Museum just for teachers. Bring your A-game for a museum scavenger hunt, collect curriculum materials and resources to enhance your Civil War units, relax with small bites and tasty treats. The Museum will be honoring several exemplary educators and dishing out door prizes. Learn more.
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 will engage teachers interested in learning more about local Native people and how to help share their culture with your students. Teachers will explore identity and culture through first person voices, photographs, galleries, and hands-on engagement. Teachers are encouraged to form teams—art, social studies/history, language arts—for this event. Learn more.
November 3-4, 2017
Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) Dinner: (Nov 3, 6-9pm) 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 African 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: Revised and 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 as a way to achieve true communication across differences. 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.
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.
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.
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.