Education for Social Justice Conference: Reimagining Schools, Connecting Communities

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The conference will be held in South Royalton, Vermont on Saturday, April 1st 2023. Registration to come!

About

The Vermont Educators of Color Association, the Education Justice Coalition of Vermont, and other ally groups are planning our first annual Education for Social Justice conference. As a Coalition we’ve been connecting in groups and pockets throughout the state for the last five years and now is the moment to bring people together.

The conference will be free to attend and open to educators, students, parents/caregivers and community organizers who are working towards justice in our schools.

It is in the spirit of other grassroots conferences such as NYCORE Conference in New York or the T4SJ Conference in San Francisco.

Theme

Our theme for our first annual conference is “Reimagining Schools, Connecting Communities”. Our goal is to come together to reimagine schools as places of belonging that can further justice both inside and outside of the building. Connecting communities has multiple meanings: connecting schools with communities, connecting people throughout the state doing education justice work, and making space for our identities and uniting across them. We understand that justice in schools depends on increasing social justice in our communities.

Conference Objectives 

  • Build relationships to sustain ourselves and sustain our education justice movement in Vermont 
  • Cultivate joy and give us energy to do this work 
  • Share skills, lessons, and learnings to transform our schools 
  • Lift up and attend to issues that impact our students and our community

What To Expect

  • Music, art, and fun
  • Adults and students in spaces together and spaces apart
  • Affinity spaces for BIPOC students, educators, and community members 
  • Spacious timing
  • Accessibility of space, language, food, childcare, and transportation 
  • Connection between the event and the local community
  • Youth and adult led workshops

Apply to Lead a Workshop

Proposal Deadline: Thursday, February 16th, 2023

Proposal Notification: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Apply here in this Google Form

Looking for workshop inspiration? Check out these past conferences/workshops:

We’re offering stipends for youth and BIPOC led workshops. A $250 stipend is available for workshops that have at least one leader who is 22 years old or under and/or who is Black, Indigenous, Asian-American, Latin, or another person of color. Groups do not need to be exclusively BIPOC or youth-led to receive a stipend: multi-racial and cross-generational groups may also be offered funding. We encourage everyone to submit workshop proposals and we hope the stipends help lift up these specific voices.

Make this Conference Possible!

We are working to raise $15,000 for the Education Justice Coalition. As always, we will prioritize accessibility of space, language, food, childcare, and transportation. We welcome your support in funding all of the elements that go into creating true inclusivity and accessibility for this conference. Thank you for any donation you’re able to offer. If you donate $75 or more, we’ll send you a gift – a beautiful pottery mug with our “Change is Possible” block print. What better way to show your colleagues, friends, and family that you’re part of a statewide team working towards education justice!

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