Workshops and panels are opportunities for participants to learn and discuss practical ideas, strategies and techniques they can bring back to their home communities. They are presented by educators, youth and activists from across the country.
This is an exciting, new activity within Free Minds, Free People. We are inviting organizations and individuals working on a specific issue within education for liberation to organize a convening in which participants can build toward national connectedness and collective action on that issue. We envision these assemblies as collaborative movement building and strengthening spaces within Free Minds, Free People.
This pre-conference intensive on Thursday afternoon will bring together educators from around the country in dialogue and skill-building. Workshops and speakers will focus on teacher activism, implementing education for liberation in the classroom, actively resisting the neo-liberalism agenda for our public schools, and organizing with students and communities. There is an additional $25 fee to participate in Radical Professional Development.
The Lesson Planning Lounge is an open space for educators to talk about and develop curricula for the classroom or for a community-based setting. Bring your ideas for lesson plans or pop ed workshops to the Lounge and develop them in collaboration with other educators with the support of an experienced educator-mentor. Each session will be facilitated by different educator-mentors.
Explore Chicago neighborhoods and learn more about their people, their struggles and their victories.
Commitment to Action
This summer, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and other historic events in the Civil Rights Movement, Free Minds, Free People joins with two other conferences, the Allied Media Conference and the International Democratic Education Conference, to build a community of educators and activists committed to action.