Registration Open: Overcoming Racism Conference

Registration is open for the annual Overcoming Racism conference at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. The dates are Friday, November 2nd, and Saturday, November 3rd. Two days of informative discussions on race and equity.

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The documentary of a year in a Chicago high school, America To Me, focusing on race and culture, will debut August 26th. on the Starz channel. A toolkit has been developed to encourage needed conversations about race and culture in education. Using the link below, you can sign up to receive information about the toolkit that will be made available to viewers. Watch parties and discussion groups are encouraged to process what occurs in each episode, and the toolkit is designed to promote conversations. Scroll down on the page to sign up for the toolkit.

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Overcoming Racism Conference: Request for Proposals

Propose a workshop!

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Save the dates for the 10th annual Overcoming Racism Conference:
Overcoming Racism In Spite Of…
November 2-3, 2018 at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul

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Propose a Workshop for the Overcoming Racism Conference

Proposals are invited for workshops/breakout sessions that address the conference theme and objectives above. They will be offered the afternoons of the conference in breakout sessions lasting 90 minutes each. We expect our workshop presenters to create participatory and reflective opportunities for participants to be actively engaged and stimulated.

We need concrete ideas for how to continue this work in spite of all that has come before and all that lies ahead. We need hope and inspiration to continue to confront and disrupt racism in our communities, our institutions and within ourselves. We seek workshop proposals that remind us of our past successes and how those lessons apply today and that hold up bold new visions of our youth leaders.

We seek workshops that speak to “In spite of …” challenges and how you or your organization is responding. What have you learned from past movements that you are using today? What are you doing to lift up new leaders and stay hopeful? What are you doing to stay healthy and energized in this current moment?

Proposals must be received by 5:00 pm on July 30th, 2018 – just a few weeks from now!

All the details can be found in the RFP

This year’s conference theme is a Call for Resilience, Resistance, and Hope: “Overcoming Racism In Spite of …”

In spite of broken treaties, in spite of redlining, in spite of Rondo, in spite of Philando Castille and Jamar Clark, in spite of anti-immigration laws, in spite of voter suppression efforts, in spite of the school-to-prison pipeline, in spite of rising Islamophobia, in spite of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3 …

You get the picture!

This is FREC’s 10th year offering the Overcoming Racism Conference. It’s a time to celebrate, to rededicate to this work, to elevate our learning and skills, and to network with each other to strengthen our movement.

Save the dates – November 2 & 3 – and watch for registration details to come!

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Educating Diverse Learners: The Obama Administration Commitment

Recognizing the debate over treatment of immigrants and refugees, and an apparent administration shift in educational focus on supporting students with diverse needs and from diverse backgrounds, it might be helpful to review the Obama administration statement on the importance of supporting diverse learners. From their perspective, supporting diverse learners is a civil right issue.

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New York Times: Racial Bias in School Discipline

The issue of racial bias in school discipline is one that has received a lot of attention. Many caregivers, educators, counselors, administrators, and psychologists are concerned about a link between involvement in school discipline practices, particularly suspensions and expulsions, and involvement in juvenile justice programs as link to what is called the school to prison pipeline.

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Education Secretary Seeks to Rollback Enforcement of Disproportionality Regulations

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed delaying regulation designed to address racial and ethnic inequalities in education and discipline outcomes. The proposed delay is thought by advocates of equity in education as rolling back protections for students of color in special education. In her confirmation hearing Ms. Devos was criticized foe her lack of understanding of special education and equity issues in education.

The story can be found at the link below:

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Discipline Disparities in Minnesota Schools

Data continues to show unequal application of discipline based on race in Minnesota schools.

Read the current state of discipline disparities at the following link:

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