CPG’s Academy on Human Rights is designed to give an in-depth understanding and critical assessment of human rights laws, institutions, advocacy, and scholarship. Contributions by internationally recognized scholars and practitioners provide a bridge between the theoretical and the practical dimensions, with an emphasis upon various aspects of field practice.
The upcoming academy will be held as a two-week-long certificated online course comprising nine teaching days. Each teaching day offers around six hours of live plenary interactive lectures, workshops, debates, and break-out sessions.
Similar to an online class, the academy is articulated in distinct modules each of which explores different aspects of human rights:
The Black Educology Mixtape is a collective of Black people working to amplify and empower Black educational voices. Black Educology goes beyond the scope of academia to recognize the movers and shakers of emancipatory movements. We imagine this mixtape as a vehicle toward revolution. To that extent, this mixtape informs, confers, and collaborates with educational voices across the Black diaspora. Our scope and sequence focuses on the past, present, and future of Black education, which has been historically and systemically caught in the underbelly of western education. Black Educology is an open-access mixtape that moves beyond academic articles to feature various art forms and voices that are typically muted. Though traditional mixtapes only include songs, we highlight text, audio, images, transcripts, and lyrics. The main tenets of Black Educology’s educational vision are rooted in critical race theory, with a focus on counter-storytelling, Black critical theory, Afro-pessimism, and Black educational epistemology. Our work is grounded in creating mixtapes that are both revolutionary and emancipatory in the name of love, study, struggle, and refusal.
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Elected Steering Committee members will serve a three-year term beginning in August 2022.
Learning for Justice offers professional development workshops for current K-12 classroom teachers, administrators and counselors, and for anyone who coaches classroom teachers and administrators.
Each 90-minute workshop costs $15 per participant and is delivered via Zoom with participant interaction and available closed captioning. All tickets must be purchased online. (We are not able to accept cash, purchase orders or checks.) Explore the schedule below, and register today—space is limited! We continue to add new dates, so check back often.
Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization that for 36 years has been dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. Our magazine, books, and other resources promote equity and racial, gender, environmental, and sexual justice in the classroom and society. We encourage grassroots efforts in our schools and communities to enhance the learning and well-being of our children, and to build broad democratic movements for social and environmental justice.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Reporting to the Board of Directors, and in collaboration with the staff and editors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Rethinking Schools’ staff, programs, resource generation, and pursuit of its mission.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Organizational Leadership and Management:
Ensure ongoing mission-centric excellence in programs and operations.
Lead stakeholder engaged, democratic strategic planning and direction. Streamline and clarify decision-making and management of the organization.
Lead implementation of organizational priorities, and evaluate work against established goals.
Supervise staff in a manner consistent with Rethinking Schools’ values of democracy, collaboration, and learning from each other.
Support collective bargaining with Rethinking Schools’ staff who are represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4603.
Work closely with the Rethinking Schools editorial staff and board to develop strategic plans around Rethinking Schools’ educational resources, books, and magazine.
Support Rethinking Schools’ relationships with key supporters and partners. Communicate and move forward Rethinking Schools’ mission and vision with the education justice movement at large.
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors, with an emphasis on developing capacity in governance, strategic analysis, program planning, and budgeting consistent with organizational bylaws.
Work with the staff, board, and editors to expand existing and develop new engagement tools with classroom teachers and the wider Rethinking Schools community.
Represent Rethinking Schools to the broader public as needed.
Fundraising, business development, and financial management:
In coordination with the Director of Operations and Board of Directors, develop and steward RS’s budget and a strategic business plan.
Alongside the board, staff, and editors, develop, oversee, and execute fundraising strategies from individual donors and foundations.
Hold or oversee key relationships with largest donors and foundations.
Expand the financial viability of RS’s operational units through sound fiscal management.
A nonpartisan alliance of civil society advocates and educators are working to persuade the Congress to pass the Civics Secures Democracy Act (CSD Act). This act, if passed, would provide needed and currently unavailable federal dollars to state and local education agencies to “making available to all students innovative, engaging curricula and programs in civics and history that prepare them to understand American Government and engage in American democratic practices as citizens and residents of the United States [from §2(a) of S4384].”
We support this legislation, in its present form, because it would improve the visibility of civic and history education in U.S. schools, support preparation of social studies teachers equipped to teach civics appropriate to our democratic, constitutional republic, and create a more engaging environment in which human rights educators can more effectively demonstrate the relationship between HRE and civics in a democratic society.
It is vital that this legislation survive the legislative process in our partisan Congress with its simplicity and straightforward language intact. We are not seeking special language for HRE, because HRE is already recognized as a necessary part of social studies education (see NCSS position statement on HRE) and an essential companion to democratic civics education (see HRE USA and EAD briefing paper on HRE USA website (https://hreusaorg.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/hre-brief-on-ead.pdf). We are concerned that the legislation not be straitjacketed with amendments designed to prohibit inclusion of diverse and equitable perspectives.
S4384 is the reintroduced version of the CSD Act, with a larger, bipartisan group of Senate sponsors than the bill introduced in 2021 (S879). It’s companion House bill, HR1814, is still active. Supporters are seeking a larger group of sponsors in the House for this bill or a bill revised to match the newer Senate bill.
Watch the HRE USA website and Facebook page for updates as this legislation (hopefully!) moves forward.
Talk up the necessary connection between HRE and Civic Education in democratic societies.
Share your efforts with the HRE USA community.
To learn more about HRE USA’s support for this legislation and our efforts to keep it from being dragged down by hostile amendments, contact email@example.com or Rosemary Blanchard (firstname.lastname@example.org), the HRE USA liaison who is following this initiative. If Civics Secures Democracy, then let’s demonstrate that HRE secures democratic civics.
The international human rights architecture is composed of a range of different mechanisms with varying mandates, procedures and activities. Their observations and recommendations serve to inform political and legal action to improve human rights protection.
The UHRI allows you to explore over 170.000 observations and recommendations made by the international human rights protection system: Treaty Bodies, Universal Periodic Review, Special Procedures.
Nationwide, about one out of every 10 public school students is learning to speak English. Oral history can be a valuable tool for language learners in a variety of classrooms. In Edutopia, VOW’s Erin Vong shared recommended activities and strategies.
A film screening for all those interested in using human rights in grassroots movements.
This powerful film charts the progress of a diverse group of Community Researchers from across England as they examine human rights concepts, challenge what a ‘human rights-based approach’ means and write their own guide. In doing so they ‘claim the right to talk about rights’.
As well as screening the short film, during the online event we will hear from:
Community Researchers about their experience of the project and the exciting new board game they are developing to share their learning and help others claim the right to talk about rights
Just Fair’s Human Rights Officer about the next phase of social rights movement building and what the process has meant to Just Fair
To read more about the work of the Community Researchers, please check out the co-produced blogs on the Social Rights Alliance‘s website.
Note: We like to use Zoom as it has some great accessibility features. So that we can make the training as accessible as possible for you, please let us know as soon as possible if you have any other communication or access needs. The event will also be recorded so that it can shared with others. Please email: email@example.com
The core values of HRE USA and its partner organizations include transparency and critical thinking skills. We believe that human rights--and human rights education--belong to everyone, and that the full realization of human rights means that access to human rights education materials must never be conditioned upon the subscription to any particular religious faith, ideology, political affiliation, or membership in any particular organization and that any organizational connections should be openly acknowledged.