Association Raza Educators (ARE)
Mission: The Association of Raza Educators was established to uphold the rights and liberties of the Raza community. Education is essential to the preservation of civil and human rights. It provides the foundation for all political and economic progress and it must be a basic right of all people. Making this right a reality is the fundamental objective of ARE.
Contact: (1) ARE State Concilio: Juan Orozco, Miguel Zavala, PO Box 226768, Los Angeles, CA 90022, Email: email@example.com. (2) P.O. Box 740337, San Diego, CA 92174. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (3) General Email: email@example.com
Additional Information: Political Education projects—Political Education, Activism/Organizing, Scholarship Fundraising for Undocumented Students, and Popular Education—include Noches de Cine, Reading Circles, Teacher Inquiry Groups, and the annual conference.
List Serv: groups.yahoo.com/group/razaeducator/
CORE: Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators
Mission: The Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE) is a group of dedicated teachers, retirees, Paraprofessional School Related Personnel (PSRPs), parents, community members and other champions of public education. We fight for equitable public education and hope to improve the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) so that it fights both on behalf of its members and on behalf of Chicago’s students.
Additional Information: CORE has appeared on FOX News Chicago and Chicago tonight, and holds meetings on issues that effect teachers today.
Educators Network for Social Justice (ENSJ)
Mission: The Educators’ Network for Social Justice (ENSJ) is a network of practicing educators from Milwaukee-area schools including pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, and post-secondary educators. We are committed to promoting pro-justice curricula and policies so that all students in the Milwaukee area are better served.
Contact: Educators’ Network for Social Justice, 1001 E. Keefe Ave, Milwaukee WI 53212. 414-964-7720 (Fax). Email: EducatorsNSJ@gmail.com (Organization Questions/E-list Requests). Email: Antiracist.firstname.lastname@example.org (Website Questions)
Additional Information: ENSJ holds an annual Anti-racist, Anti-Bias Teaching conference each spring and other teaching and learning events throughout the rest of the year.
Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group (LSJTRG)
Mission: LSJTRG is a grassroots, teacher-led professional development group. LSJTRG believes that educators are public intellectuals who gain strength and wisdom through working with other educators, parents and members of the community. The mission of LSJTRG is to develop and support socially just, equitable, and sustainable practices in schools and communities. LSJTRG is committed to connecting educators across the lifespan and building networks to mobilize resources to promote progressive change.
Additional Information: Publishes books, articles, and social justice curricula by teachers; hosts two Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAGs), one on Art, Democracy and Education the other on Media & Education; hosted a “teach-in” on Race to the Top; holds an annual “Educating for Change Curriculum Fair,” which showcases teachers working for justice in and out of schools.
Listserv address: email@example.com
New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)
Mission: 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.
Contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Information: New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) organizes teachers to stand up for justice both inside and outside of the classroom. Our work to support teachers inside the classroom includes our Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAG’s), which are study groups that meet weekly for 8 weeks on a variety of topics. NYCoRE creates critical curricular guides, such as our book Camouflaged, which supports educators in addressing issues of militarism, and our co-edited Social Justice Teacher Planbook (www.justiceplanbook.com). Outside of the classroom, NYCoRE is involved in actions, activism, political education and coalition building. Our group, NYQueer, works with students and other local organizations to address issues of LGTBQ rights. Our Political Education and Mobilization (PEM) group provides workshops on issues such as neoliberalism, national educational policies and privatization.
Teacher Action Group
Mission: TAG Philadelphia seeks to strengthen teacher voices in schools and policy decisions. While partnering with and empowering parent, student, and community groups, TAG is committed to fostering: A) school transformation; B) environments where students and teachers can thrive; C) community ownership and influence in school reform.
Contact: Email: email@example.com
Additional Information: We are interested in pushing the present state of curriculum/pedagogy in Philadelphia by connecting educators to exchange and engage with one another in our Education for Liberation Curriculum Fair. We also work on Restorative Justice issues, getting the District, schools, and teachers to commit to use more Restorative Practices in addressing student and teacher behavior, thus not criminalizing young people or using solely punitive measures as a response to individual/community harm. We’re working to push a community-based school transformation model, as opposed to the top-down, Race to the Top-inspired agenda of school turnaround that turns schools over to private, outside contractors/providers.
Teachers 4 Social Justice
Mission: Teachers 4 Social Justice (T4SJ) is a grassroots non-profit teacher support and development organization. Our missions are to provide opportunities for self-transformation, leadership, and community building to educators in order to affect meaningful change in the classroom, school, community and society. T4SJ organizes teachers and community-based educators and implements programs and projects that develop empowering learning environments, more equitable access to resources and power, and realizing a just and caring culture.
Contact: Teachers 4 Social Justice, 542 Munich Street, San Francisco, CA 94112. 415-676-7844 (Phone). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Information: T4SJ is a volunteer-based organization that offers workshops and events for educators.