Education for Social Justice Conference: Reimagining Schools, Connecting Communities

Registration for the in person conference is now FULL you can join our waitlist and/or the virtual version of our conference here. 

The conference is on April 1, 2023 in South Royalton, VT. The keynote speech, a community-building lunch group, and a handful of workshops will be offered for Zoom attendees.

If you’re an educator, parent, or someone connected to young people, we encourage you to bring groups of youth. You can register up to five guests under your name.


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.


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

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!

Donations do not have to be monetary. We need supplies as well. We’re in need of:

  • Blank light-colored shirts of all sizes (used and thrift store finds are great) for screen printing
  • Snacks
  • A sound system with a microphone to borrow the day of
  • compostable plates, bowls, utensils

If you can donate any of these items, please fill out the Supply Donation Form


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