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Feb 042014
 

Bob George, a lifelong educator, is National Director of Save our Schools and a longtime activist.

As part of our 2013 Education Justice Listening Project we interviewed educators, students, parents and organizers about what’s the best path forward for improving public education. Bob tells us one thing we need to remember about equity and schools in the United States: our schools are not all created equal. He asks: why are we acting as if some children are more important than others?

Feb 042014
 

Scott Nine is Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Education in America and lives in Portland, Orego. Raised by two public school educators, Scott has experience teaching, advising, and creating learning communities for people ages 5 to 95.

As part of our 2013 Education Justice Listening Project we interviewed educators, students, parents and organizers about what’s the best path forward for improving public education. In this video, Scott shares a quick thought on what he feels everyone needs to know about public education in order for it to be truly “public.”

 

Jan 312014
 

Sabrina Stevens is a teacher-turned-writer and activist who has worked with students in struggling communities in Philadelphia and Denver. She created the Failing Schools Project, newly evolved into Reclaiming Reform, which aims to empower public school teachers, students, and parents (particularly those in so-called “failing” schools) to share their stories about what it’s really like to work and learn in schools saddled with corporate-driven education policies, and to promote alternative ways of thinking about and solving educational problems.

As part of our 2013 Education Justice Listening Project we interviewed educators, students, parents and organizers about what’s the best path forward for improving public education. Drawing on her experience in the classroom, Sabrina Joy Stevens shared one action step anyone can take to learn more about what really needs to change.

Oct 172013
 

As part of the Education Justice Listening Project we conducted over 40 interviews of leaders and organizers in education across the country. Here are some of their words. Please join in the conversation and tell us if you agree with any of these quotes and if you are inspired please share it on Facebook. Please check back in with us we will be updating this page with more quotes and videos.

Jul 292013
 

Members of the Spirit in Action team attended the Free Minds, Free People Conference held in Chicago earlier this month. We conducted interviews with key individuals in the education justice movement as part of our recently launched Education Justice Listening Project. We interviewed individuals from Save our Schools, Alliance for Educational Justice,  Education for Liberation Network, Chicago Teachers Union and many others.

Our primary goal at this stage of the project is to interview a wide range of people working for education justice to learn what is happening on the ground to get a sense of their vision for education. We will then facilitate a space with two of our networks the Education Circle of Change and the Progressive Communicators Network in late 2013 to look over the results of the listening project, and to develop an action plan to serve as a communications resource for 2014 to 2017. By early 2014 we’ll share highlights of the communications victories and assets that grassroots groups across the country have developed to advance education reform. We’ll propose a communications project in which education justice groups that take part in order to develop their leaders as communicators and to use compelling and consistent messaging for their education justice work.

In the video above, Qasim A. Davis from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, a long time partner of Spirit in Action, shares a short clip about the state of our public education system. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think, do you agree with him or do you share a different opinion? We would love to know your thoughts add your comments below.

Additionally, we will soon be headed to the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) in Boulder Colorado, August 4-8,  to continue our listening project and we look forward to sharing more powerful voices and perspectives with you. If you will be there please let us know and connect with us.

 

 

Jun 252013
 

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This year we are actively cross-pollinating our networks and are bringing together PCN (Progressive Communicators Network) and ECOC (Education Circle of Change) to work on a listening project dedicated to the Education Justice movement. We’re gathering stories that depict the reality of communities across this nation, supporting communities to reimagine public education, and distilling those stories to create messaging that will help inform and fuel our movements.  As you might know, stories help create powerful messages and in regards to the education justice movement we believe messaging is critical.

At Spirit in Action, we believe that a social justice communication strategy starts with listening and we want to know what people are facing in different school districts. We want to listen to people about the effects of privatization, downsizing of staff and teachers, and parents pushing for super-“security” in the wake of Newtown. We want people to become aware of our shared experiences and to be inspired to gather and share solutions.

Recognizing our work lives across the intersection of many social justice issues, we are convening PCN and ECOC to develop this important work together.

Our first listening will take place at the Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) conference in Chicago from July 11-14. We are sure that gathering in Chicago and will add many lessons for our movement building efforts and we look forward to sharing our learning with you in the coming months. If you will be at FMFP this year and have an interesting story and 15 minutes to be interviewed please let us know. We look forward to being in community with you and hearing your voices.

Jun 132013
 

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Pete Seeger, Charis Horton, Rosa Parks and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy at the Highlander Center in 1957. (Pete Seeger)

In a recent article Waging Nonviolence writes about the 8 skills of a well trained activist. For activist in the field its a great read .  They also mention the work of Sprit in Action in the article and we are so honored to be reconized for the work we love to do and our contribution to movement building.

Waging Nonviolence is a source for original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe. Ordinary people build power using nonviolent strategies and tactics every day, even under the most difficult of circumstances, yet these stories often go unnoticed or misunderstood by a media industry fixated on violence and celebrity. Since 2009, WNV has been reporting on these people-powered struggles and helping their participants learn from one another, because we know that they can and do change the world.

To read the full article click the link below.

http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/8-skills-of-a-well-trained-activist/

Apr 222013
 

Spirit in Action continues to partner with IDEA, Institute for Democratic Education, by sharing a unique webseries http://ayearatmissionhill.com/. This week in the resources section of this web-series a member of our Education Circle of Change features a short film he produced in collaboration with other IDEA organizers.

A Year in Mission Hill is a 10-part video series that chronicles the rhythms and relationships of a year in the life of one community in America. But the series is designed to elevate the stories of communities across the country – and to provide a cross-platform multimedia opportunity to clarify what powerful teaching and learning actually looks like – and requires.

This webseries also features innovative resources and tools for reinventing public education. This week one of the resources under the “watch” tab features a short film titled “Flipping the Script – Changing our Educational Paradigm.” This short film was produced/edited by Manauvaskar Kublall, Education Circle of Change member and former IDEA digital organizer.

In Flipping the Script, IDEA organizers Diego Negron and Kathryn Strom collaborate to examine the merits of the direct instruction and inquiry based learning methodologies. Diego, a high school student and community organizer, conducts an experiment for his school’s science fair to determine the effectiveness of each methodology. Kathryn, an education researcher and teacher activist, studies inquiry based learning and consults with Diego on his project. Filmmakers and IDEA organizers Manauvaskar Kublall and Natalia Rosado followed Diego and his classmate as they conducted their experiment, analyzed their data and worked with Kathryn to report and understand their findings.

Spirit in Action is committed to shaping the fabric of a new educational paradigm through our network, the Education Circle of Change, and its members such as IDEA. Please view this this webseries and share it widely; we’re all needed inthis vital work to make quality education available for all students everywhere!

Mar 282013
 

The Progressive Communicators Network (PCN) and Standing in Our Power (SiOP), two networks organized by Spirit in Action, are teaming up to bring a dynamic one-day skill-building event to women of color leaders in New York City on Saturday, April 27th at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

We’ll bring women of color leaders who are on the frontlines working for racial justice, gender justice, and economic justice for a day of networking and communications skill-building.

Workshop sessions are in development. They include:

• How effective is your website?

• Creative social action — actions that get attention

• Building relationships with reporters

This is based on PCN’s Be the Media! mini-conferences that have been hosted in Boston for seven years. We’re eager to bring this successful model to New York City for our local social justice community.

To help get folks there, we’ll be offering childcare, Spanish-language translation and a low registration fee ($40 per person).

A committee of leaders from the Progressive Communicators Network and Standing in Our Power are setting the agenda and carrying out the event.

Feb 272013
 

Spirit in Action is proud to partner with IDEA, Institute for Democratic Education, by sharing a unique webseries http://ayearatmissionhill.com/. This 10-part video series that chronicles the rhythms and relationships of a year in the life of one community in America. But the series is designed to elevate the stories of communities across the country – and to provide a cross-platform multimedia opportunity to clarify what powerful teaching and learning actually looks like – and requires. This webseries also features innovative resources and tools for reinventing public education. Spirit in Action is committed to shaping the fabric of a new educational paradigm through our network, the Education Circle of Change, and its members such as IDEA. Please view this this webseries and share it widely; we’re all needed inthis vital work to make quality education available for all students everywhere!

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