Saturday, November 7, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Community Voices for Public Education EDUCATIONAL FORUM

I will be giving my talk ""Beyond Standardized Schools:  Reclaiming our Abundant Funds of Knowledge to Create Equitable, Educational Schools for Our Children" at this event November 21st.  I hope to see many of you there!   

CVPE Fall Conference:  "Current Issues in Public Education: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

Nov. 21st at United Way of Greater Houston (50 Waugh Dr)  8:30am - 4:30pm.

Spend the day exploring some of the issues that our public schools are currently facing and networking with other people who care about public schools.  Become a more informed and empowered advocate for public education.  

Speakers and Panelists include: 
The Honorable Scott Hochberg, former Texas State Representative and school finance reform expert
Dr M Francyne Huckaby​. associate professor of TCU College of Education, director of Center Community Voices for Public Education​
Dr. Linda McNeil, Professor of Education, Rice University
Dr Ann McCoy​. director of Data Services, All Kids Alliance
Zeph Capo Houston Community College Trustee - District 1​.
HISD Trustee Juliet Katherine Stipeche​
Allen Weeks​, executive director of Austin Voices
Jason Lee​, activist

November 21, 2015 at 8:30am - 3:30pm
United Way
50 Waugh Dr
Houston, TX 77007

Monday, November 2, 2015

Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas: Border Air Quality Education - Curriculum


In my last two posts, I celebrated the lives and work of Grace Lee Boggs and Dolores Huerta -- not just as strong, tireless women who are inspirations in themselves, but for what they have taught us about justice:  it has to be worked for, that work takes sustained organizing to built collective strength, and it must begin where we live. And for us as educators and parents that means where the children live.

The old ASARCO "chimney"  that towered over the El Paso/Juarez landscape has been demolished, so it might be easy to forget that the toxins it spewed for decades still poison the air, water, soil and lungs of El Paso and Juarez.  How thrilling that this new curriculum out of UTEP not only assure that that toxic legacy won't be forgotten, but empower children and their teachers to learn the science and the activism needed to create a healthier future for their communities.  

I am grateful to Angela Valenzuela for bringing to our attention this very clear example of a Si Se Puede vision of educating our children!   (And yes, the curriculum is in both Spanish and English!)  A long and detailed post, with many helpful links; I include it in its entirety for its elegance and completeness and for its power to inspire the curriculum you need in your community to address the barriers to social and environmental justice.