Annoucing our Fall Conference!!!
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Zoom In/Out: Culture & Power in our Schools & City, second in a series of conferences meant to provoke critical exploration of education reform in New Orleans by deepening public understanding of the context: the historic and ongoing struggle for racial, cultural, and economic justice in New Orleans.
November's gathering will focus on culture — making it visible and learning about how it can be used to strengthen and weaken movements for justice. Passionately featuring:
- Cultural performances by native New Orleanians presented in concert with the history of struggle that forged these traditions;
- Workshops on culturally relevant pedagogy, cultural conflict, education justice meets housing justice and more...
- Interactive programming using Story Circle Methodology and Theatre of the Oppressed.
- Harnessing this dynamic gathering to move forward with strength and purpose toward collective, community-driven change.
Event Overview (Follow this link to the FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!)
FRIDAY NIGHT: Stepping Out
Friday 6-9pm @ Community Book Center (2523 Bayou Rd.) Dinner provided.
Powerful performances by a variety of New Orleans culture bearers will kick off the weekend with an interactive presentation and thought-provoking discussion on Culture, Power, and Nourishment. How can we use the study of culture as a lens to understand education justice and injustice in this city historically and in this present moment? Prepare to be fed, challenged, and inspired!
Community Book Center, a most fitting location for this event, is New Orleans’ premier Afrocentric bookstore and community center. A portion of funds raised will go to support this community institution.
SATURDAY: Zooming Out and Digging in
Saturday 10am-5pm @ Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center (2200 Lafitte St), Lunch provided.
We will be exploring our context and making it personal on Saturday with engaging workshops and presentations led by community leaders and academic scholars on education justice and intersecting struggles. The second half of the day, we’ll wind our wisdom together with story circles and Theater of the Oppressed activities.
SUNDAY: Hitting the Street and Bringing it Home
Sunday 10am – 2pm @ Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center (2200 Lafitte St), Lunch provided.
The weekend will culminate with space for community visioning and planning collective and individual action. Information about and leaders of various community organizations will be present, showing the various opportunities and resources available for continuing this journey together.
ZOOM IN/OUT Scholarship Fund:
If you are not able to attend personally but would like to support the attendance of folks with less financial security, please consider contributing to our Scholarship Fund:
The New Teachers' Roundtable is a supportive community where educators engage in personal reflection and critical dialogue about racial, cultural, and economic justice in New Orleans public schools and are inspired to take action with their students' communities to build a more liberatory education system.