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.
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: