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A Welcome On Behalf of the

    A Welcome On Behalf of the

    International Institute

September 30, 2006

Dear educators, community members and leaders,

     ndOn behalf of the International Institute of St. Louis, it is my privilege to welcome you to the 2

    Annual Educating for Change Curriculum Fair! As an agency that is committed to a vision of St. Louis as ―a thriving community with an ethnically diverse and engaged citizenry‖, the International Institute is honored to be the host facility for 2006.

As was evident at last year‘s Fair, the annual Educating for Change Curriculum Fair is an event

    that is impressive both in terms of its target audience (instructors and students from educational settings ranging from pre-K to Adult) and in terms of the breadth of its speakers and presentations. Designed to stimulate and further develop educators who are committed to educating for social change, the Curriculum Fair is a place where educators can share their work and expertise, as well as attend insightful presentations on a wide variety of topics. It is a venue that show-cases student-centered instructional activities—such as the educational ―print walks‖ in a local

    environment, storytelling, interactive theater and PowerPoint student projects that were shared in 2005activities that aim to develop students‘ voices and their unique perspectives in a way that encourages them to ―own‖ their learning as much as possible. It is an event where practitioners can learn about strategies that promote the understanding of other people who may be very different because of ethnicity, race, social class, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities. The Fair is also an event with information about non-violent approaches that can effectively address conflict in schools and communities.

    Many thanks to the planners this year who have dedicated time and energy to ensure that this year‘s Curriculum Fair is even bigger and better than the first. Thanks also to each of you for choosing to come to this year. We trust that your participation here today will be both affirming and thought-provoking for you. May your work continue to promote the knowledge and skills needed by each of us to be socially conscious community members who are guided by a sense of equity and social justice~

Very best wishes,

Anita Barker,

    VP & Director of Education

    International Institute of St. Louis

    A Welcome on Behalf of the Planning Committee

Dear educators, community leaders, and St. Louis citizens,

    Welcome to the 2nd Annual Educating for Change Curriculum Fair! The Literacy for

    Social Justice Teacher Research Group, The Literacy Roundtable and The International Institute

    are the sponsors of this event. Although each sponsoring organization has its own unique mission, we come together in supporting this event out of our shared belief that education has a powerful role in creating an equitable and just society. Hopefully, we have learned and modeled through this process the essential steps involved in finding common ground.

    The theme of this year‘s fair is ―Immigrant and Refugee Rights in the Context of Racial Justice‖. St. Louis, similar to many urban areas around the nation, faces the challenges and opportunities of finding common ground between immigrant and refugee groups and historically marginalized groups. In the face of unjust immigration policies, the gradual erosion of civil rights legislation and the weakening of public school systems, the need for communities to come together has never been greater. We recognize that the struggle to find common ground takes place within a framework of historic economic inequality and institutionalized racism that needs to be acknowledged and fought against. Educators, activists, community leaders and citizens of St. Louis must play a part in building alliances between groups of people recognizing differences

    and shared interests to create mutually beneficial solutions. We hope the dialogue and actions ndassociated with our 2 Annual Educating for Change curriculum fair will help to build such alliances.

    The purpose of this curriculum fair is to bring together courageous educators who are designing multicultural, anti-racist and socially just learning spaces for learners across the lifespan, in both formal and informal settings. Often times, educators who are committed to social justice are isolated in their communities. The fair is a place for educators to network, to use their voices, and to realize the power in numbers. We want to stress that we have organized this day as a ―fair‖ rather than as a traditional conference to emphasize dialogue and action. This year, we have over forty table displays and ten workshops. Suzanne LeLaurin from the International Institute will open the day and welcome us with a talk called ―Immigrant Rights & Social Justice:

    Implications in an Age of Terrorism‖. Jesus Macarena-Avila, Chicago based artist and activist,

    will share a presentation with us called ―Art Education as Agency: Immigrant Rights and Bookmaking‖. Finally, we will close the day with a panel discussion featuring several prominent

    community leaders. Our panelist will address the topic of ―Immigrant and Refugee Rights in the Context of Racial Justice.‖ An open forum will follow the panel discussion.

    This fair represents an action step in our organizing as educators and it is our hope that this fair can be a conduit for building networks of justice in the communities in which we work and live. We are delighted that you have come today, and we ask that you would take whatever you learn back to your schools and to your communities. We also invite you to join the dialogues and actions of the Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Group. LSJTRG is dedicated to supporting

    and empowering students, teachers and the community through focused dialogues and actions towards immigrant and refugee rights in the context of racial justice in St. Louis. We know that the more diverse we are, the stronger our knowledge will become of the many needs in our communities and the many ways we can work together to forge a more socially just St. Louis.

    Thank you for coming and being a part of the struggle.

    In Solidarity,

    The Planning Committee nd2 Annual Educating for Change Curriculum Fair

    Curriculum Fair 2006

    September 30, 2006

    9 am 3 pm


8 am

    Participants may set up their table displays

9:00-9:30 am

    Fair opens, Register, Coffee, View tables in Hall of Nations I, II & III

    Breakfast items available at the Mother’s Day for Peace Bake Sale Table


    General Session (AG Edwards Rooms)

    Suzanne LeLaurin, International Institute ―Immigrant Rights and Social Justice: Implications in an Age of Terrorism‖

Announcement of the 2006 Courageous Educator Award

    Announcement of the Student Leadership Awards


    Break out Session I

    Choose between workshop sessions and table displays


    General Session (AG Edwards Rooms)

    Jesus Macarena-Avila, Artist and Immigrant Rights Advocate

    ―Art Education as Agency: Immigrant Rights and Bookmaking‖


    Lunch items are provided in the lobby


    Break out Session II

    Choose between workshop sessions and table displays


    Panel Discussion and Open Forum (AG Edwards Rooms) ―Immigrant and Refugee Rights in the Context of Racial Justice‖


    9:00-9:30 Coffee, Register, (View Table Displays in Hall of Nations I, II, & III)


The tables will be on display all day in Hall of Nations I, II & III

A Recipe for Failure

    Marilyn Ayres-Salamon

    ABC‘s of Student Leadership: Sharing the Front of the Classroom

    Maggie Dyer, ABC‘s of Literacy Planning Committee & The Literacy Roundtable

    Alternatives to Military Network

    Cris Mann, Chuc Smith

    Bake Sale Table: ―It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need and the air

    force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.‖

    Mother‘s Day for Peace Project

    Banned Books?

    St. Louis Public Libraries Carlotta Algee-Stancil

    Center for Character and Citizenship

    Marvin Berkowitz, Mindy Bier, Virginia Navarro & Missy Taylor, UMSL

    Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity, UMSL

    Dr. Jackie Lewis-Harris & Joni Hoscher

    Closing the School of the Americas

    John Slosar, Associate Professor Emeritus, Saint Louis University

    Comparing Rights of Individuals

    Lois Wade & students from Rockwood AEL/ESL

    Courageous Literacy, Courageous Youth

    June Cara Christian

    Creating Student Books

    Carrie Warren & students from the International Institute

    FOCUS St. Louis ―New Americans: Building the Future of the St. Louis Region”

    Nikki Weinstein

    Immigrant Rights and Bookmaking

    Jesus Macarena-Avila

    Information about Buddhism

    Piriya Phuycharoen

    International Institute of St. Louis

    International Literacy Campaigns

    Annie Moss

International Studies Resource Center

    Subi Lakshmanan, International Studies, UMSL

    ―Jones don't think it is acceptable:‖ Attitudes of College Educated Professionals and Students

    Toward the Usage of Proper Grammatical Constructs

    Danita Little, UMSL

    Junior Achievement: Providing an A+ Education in Financial Literacy

    Lorri Batsie

    Literacy for Social Justice Teacher Research Group

    Literacy for Social Justice: A Themed Book Selection Workshop

    Melissa Mosley, Stacy DeZutter, Bethany Kjellesvik, Meredith Labadie, Holly Messenbrink,

    & David Schwartz

    PlowSharing Crafts: Fair Trade

    Rethinking Schools

    Save Michael Taylor: The Death Penalty in MO

    John William Simon

    Socialist Organizer

    Jim Hamilton

    St. Louis Schools Watch

    Nicholas Clement

    Teaching about Worker Rights

    Joan Suarez, Jobs with Justice

    The Bi-dialectal Elementary Classroom: Vernacular and Standard English at Play in

    Language Arts

    Inda Schaenen, Gundlach Elementary, St. Louis Public Schools

    The Change Agent

    The Literacy Roundtable

    University of Missouri St. Louis College of Education

    Diane Goodwin, UMSL

    Venezuela‘s Literacy Campaign

    Rebecca Rogers, UMSL

    Veterans for Peace

    Chuck Smith

    We Can Make A Change: Adult Refugee and Immigrant Students Tell Their Stories

    Angy Folkes, Lea Wawina, Bokhodir Choriev, Sawaad Shiek, Maryan Mohamed,

    Solongosaikhan Tuvshinjargal, & Binti Mohamed

    What is Reading First?

    Mickie Drake, UMSL & St. Louis Public Schools

    WILD (Women In Leadership Development)

    Etta Key & Members of WILD, St. Louis Public School Adult Education & Literacy


    9:30-10:15 GENERAL SESSION (AG Edwards Rooms)

    Suzanne LeLaurin, International Institute

    Immigrant Rights & Social Justice: Implications in an Age of Terrorism

    Courageous Educator Award Announcement

    ABC‘s of Literacy Student-led Project Awards



    View Table Displays in Hall of Nations (I, II & III) and/or attend workshops in the following break out rooms:

Teaching about Worker Rights

    Joan Suarez, Jobs with Justice

    Incarnate Word

    Increasing numbers of New Americans now enrolled in ESL and GED Programs have no information about their rights as workers. This presentation is intended to give conference participants information about the state of worker rights in the U.S. today. It will connect immigrant rights to basic worker rights. The presentation will include a power point presentation, which may be useful as a teaching device in the classroom, a video and reading list as well as exercises to use with program students.

A Recipe for Failure

    Marilyn Ayres-Salamon, Author of A Recipe for Failure: A Year of Reform and Chaos in the

    St. Louis Public Schools

    AG Edwards I

An open and wide-ranging discussion of selected topics from my book, A Recipe For Failure:

    A year of reform and chaos in the St. Louis Public Schools, will be the basis for a

    conversation for those who are concerned with social justice in their classrooms. The experiment of turning the St. Louis Public Schools over to a business turnaround team, with no experience in education, did not bring the anticipated results. We will analyze the effects of the tenure of Alvarez and Marsal, discuss administrative decisions that might truly benefit our students, and develop an action plan for change, to combat the apartheid that Jonathan Kozol has identified in urban school districts.

An Authentic Ethic of Care: A Case for Culture-Based Curriculum

    Rosalind Reed and Cindy Posten

    Webster University

    Southside Bank

    Through our work with African American children in the Saint Louis area public schools, we have come to believe in an educational philosophy rooted in a community-wide Authentic Ethic of Care educational model (Reed, 2005).Using a curriculum that is culture-based and rooted in ethical philosophy, we hope to develop an enrichment course for intermediate students in Saint Louis Public Schools using a book club format.

    In this session, we will present a case for a community-wide Authentic Ethic of Care educational model (Reed, 2005). Second, we will ask for input from the participants regarding questions we have regarding this book club: What obstacles do the participants see for us? How can we overcome them? What suggestions do participants have for us in terms of carrying out these goals? What stories and other reading materials do participants suggest we might use in these book clubs? It is our hope that, through a collaborative effort between ourselves and knowledgeable and interested participants, we might develop a well-thought-out model for use with African American students in the near future.

Closing the School of the Americas

    John Slosar, Associate Professor Emeritus, Saint Louis University

    Ralston Purina

    The School of the Americas (SOA), a US training institution, has trained over 60,000 Latin American soldiers, many of whom have used their skills to wage a war against their own people. Thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, ―disappeared,‖ massacred, and forced into refugee status by those trained at this school.

    Come learn what is being done and what you can do to close this ―School of Assassins‖!

Diversity and Education: How it Affects Home/School Relationships

    Ida Casey

    AG Edwards II

    We look at diversity as acceptance of other races, genders and religions, however, as educators we do not look at economics of our students, community culture and family cultures as part of the diversity issue. We are accepting (because it is politically correct?)of ethnic cultures, races and religions, but we have not moved forward in totally accepting and raising our expectations of the economically deprived.

    This workshop identifies 1) how economic depravity affects how we respond to students and our low expectations of family involvement; 2) we will identify and examine those unspoken, sometimes unconscious ways we respond to low income students and their families; 3) develop personal plans of action to eradicate any prejudicial practices that affect students and families.

    11:45-12:15 GENERAL SESSION

    Jesus Macarena-Avila, Chicago based educator and activist

    AG Edwards Rooms



    Chicago based educator, Jesus Macarena-Avila will present a lecture on recent community art workshops done with CAAAELII, Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrants of Illinois, a community based organization focused on immigrant issues. Macarena-Avila centered the workshops on bookmaking and used themes relevant to today's thimmigrant rights movement. He will also discuss the March 10 immigrant march event,

    which is now historic for Chicago.

    Jesus Macarena-Avila has MFA degree from the Vermont College of Norwich University. In Chicago, Illinois, Macarena-Avila works as a community based arts educator with many social service organizations. He serves as a faculty member with the Art Education Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Liberal Education Departments at Columbia College Chicago and is the co-founder of POLVO, an alternative cultural space promoting contemporary art in Chicago. Macarena-Avila‘s upcoming curatorial project,

    "Accumulated Material" will be exhibited at Gallery Visio with the University of Missouri - St. Louis, St. Louis Missouri for November 2006. He has exhibited his work in the United States and internationally including Australia, France, Mexico, South Africa, Senegal, Spain and Zambia.


    12:15-1:00 LUNCH

    Lunch items will available in the lobby from 12:15-1:00 for participants to take into their sessions.



    View Table Displays in Hall of Nations (I, II & III) and/or attend workshops in the following break out rooms:

Popularity 101- Girls, Relationships and Power Dynamics

    Lovely Snowden and Julie Assata

    Child Day Care Association

    Incarnate Word

    This workshop will outline basic information about how girls come together in the United States, including roles and status, and the particular impact on girls from other countries and cultures. Information included is based on material developed by the Girl Scouts of America with descriptions of roles (Queen Bee, etc.) and statistics about girls, bullying and aggression. Presenters will share strategies for increasing social skills and cultural competency. A handout will be available with a bibliography and other resources.

    The workshop will be a combination of mini-lecture, discussion and activities. If we have enough time, we will provide participants opportunities to examine their own history/herstory- experiences and ‗baggage- as well as brainstorm and discuss strategies.

    "I didn't know that!": Dispelling Myths About Race and Biological Differences Dr. Jackie Lewis-Harris & Joni Hoscher

    Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity, UMSL

    Ralston Purina

    The purpose of our session is to address concepts of race through science based curriculum focusing on anthropology and the research of The Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity. We will illustrate mechanisms for creating social change and maintaining social justice by challenging common biological myths and misconceptions that are often used to support concepts of race. Once elements of this argument are scientifically defined, an effective dialogue can begin that addresses the reality of ―race‖, how such concepts originated, the purpose for maintaining said concepts and essentially, the implications of those concepts on our daily lives.

Self Liberation Through Self identification

    Jaime Mendoza, MFA, Northeastern Illinois University

    AG Edwards II

Presentation: "El Profé" (The Professor) 15 minute video

     ―El Profé" takes on the question of multi-culturalism through the pronunciation of a name.

    This video examines the racists attitudes that exist in correctly pronouncing non-American names; specifically in classrooms across America. Children with names such as, Pedro become Peter or Francisco to Frank this process of name changing creates an identity issue within the individual leaving him/her to deal with two names and two personalities.

    Closing the Achievement Gap: Re-searching Issues of Race, Gender, Economics and Culture

    Gateway Writing Project Fellows/Teacher Consultants, University of Missouri-St. Louis AG Edwards I

    What efforts are we putting into looking at the many diversity polarization issues such as race, gender culture, and economics that may significantly and directly affect students in the achievement gap? What common agreement can we come to about whom the students are that make-up this ―gap‖ of expected achievement? How do we define ―achievement?‖ What does it look like as it relates to this minority group of diverse students of concern? What kinds of successful programs are being implemented to make sure that all of these diverse

    students of concern are acquiring literacy skills that will help close the ―achievement gap?‖ Participants will reflect on and act on changing beliefs and practices as well as promote strategies that work best and provide ongoing support to close the achievement gap in their classrooms.


    Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Racial Justice: Educating for Change

    AG Edwards Rooms

    Bill Olbrich, Government Information Librarian, St. Louis Public Library Joan Suarez, Jobs with Justice

    Nikki Weinstein, Focus St. Louis

    Abrahatzion Habtu, ESOL Social Worker, St. Louis Public Schools

    Jim Hamilton, ESOL Middle School Teacher, Labor Rights Activist

    Jon Weber, ESOL Facilitator, Francis Howell School District

    Sarah Beaman-Jones, Moderator

Open Forum

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