Radical Professional Development

Rad PD

11:30 am – 4:30p.m. — McGuire Hall

RadPD began at the 2011 FMFP conference and was organized this year by Curtis Acosta, Bree Picower and Carolina Valdez. The goal of Rad PD is to provide educators with a space to sharpen their political clarity and add tools to their repertoire to take action for educational justice.

2017 info:

Radical Professional Development 2017, or RadPD, highlights the efforts of educators across the country to teach from spaces of resistance in order to thrive and survive in our current political climate. Through interactive workshops, attendees will examine issues facing K-12 students, educators and communities under the ramped up toxic climate of the new administration while also sharing and developing strategies to resist.  Workshops and speakers will focus on teaching from the resistance and will feature organizers involved in larger grassroots movements such as Black Lives Matter, No DAPL as well as educators working with students and communities in their own context to survive and thrive under our toxic political climate. Participants will have the opportunity to grow and build with educators across geographic regions and grade levels in order to develop specific skills to take back to their local areas. The $30 fee for RadPD includes a free copy of the 2017-2018 edition of Planning to Change the World: A Lesson Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers, published by the Education for Liberation Network.


RadPD will take place on Thursday, July 6th at Loyola University

Confirmed speakers and presenters include:

Camika Royal (Keynote)
Assistant Professor of Urban Education and Co-Director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education, Loyola University Maryland
Dr. Royal's talk will focus on why and how educators must deliberately and intentionally resist business as usual in our daily work and lives, as well as implore us to consider the important work of freedom dreaming, building, and creating new possibilities in the current contexts of our work.
Ed Curammeng
Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Developing Applications to Confront Power in K-12 Schools
People's Education Movement, Los Angeles
Assistant Professor
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Jay Berlin, Becca Mui, Milo Chesnut, Alaina Daniels, Shanua Rodriguez, and Devon Shanley.
Supporting Trans and Gender Nonconforming students
NYQueer Members
Keith C. Catone and Natalia Ortiz
Unpacking Your Pedagogical Purpose: Choques y la Facultad
Associate Director of Community Organizing and Engagement, Annenberg Institute for School Reform ; Trainer and Program Manager, Border Crossers and PhD Candidate in Urban Education, CUNY Graduate Center
Marylin Zuniga and Farima Pour-Khorshid
Radical Warrior Scholars: Teaching Social Movements and Resistance in K-3 Critically Conscious Learning Communities
3rd Grade Teacher at Roses in Concrete Community School in East Oakland, CA; Kindergarten Teacher at Cherryland Elementary School in Hayward, CA, Teacher Educator at the University of San Francisco and PhD Candidate at University of California, Santa Cruz
Justis Lopez
Student Voice, Student Choice
Educator, poet and DJ for Manchester Public Schools, CT.
Members of the Providence Student Union
Student Power: Winning Ethnic Studies
Members of the Providence Student Union
Tabor White Buffalo
Responsive Teaching for the Seventh Generation
Standing Rock Educator and Water Protector