No Human Being is Illegal: Transforming New York City Schools into Supportive Spaces for Undocumented Youth

Date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Manhattan High School, 317 West 52nd St, NYC

Event Details

The New York Collective of Radical Educators is pleased to offer an opportunity for teachers to build community and develop as activists. Educators will participate in Inquiry to Action Groups linking social justice issues with classroom practice. Small groups will meet weekly (for a total of six, two-hour sessions plus a kick-off and possible conference workshop) between January and March to share experiences, respond to readings, exchange ideas and develop action plans.

1. No Human Being is Illegal: Transforming New York City Schools into Supportive Spaces for Undocumented Youth

Participants in this ItAG will engage in critical conversations around the issues that undocumented youth and families face in New York City, as well as develop resources and tools for improving how educators and schools support youth entangled in our broken immigration system. We will explore topics including legal pathways (Deferred Action), applying to college, mental health, and advocacy and activism. This ItAG seeks to expand a community of educators who are committed to making our schools safer for immigrant youth and who hope to gain the knowledge, information and skills that are necessary to support our undocumented students at all levels of their K-12 schooling.

Facilitators: Melissa de Leon teaches Social Studies and ESL at the International High School @ Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, a school that serves recently arrived immigrants from over 20 countries around the world. Rita Kamani-Renedo is an educator and activist; she works as a Senior Trainer at Global Kids, a youth development organization committed to developing young leaders and civically-engaged global citizens.

Location: Manhattan High School, 317 West 52nd Street (Manhattan), Room 306

Dates:Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm and one Saturday (3/2) from 1-4 pm. Kick off on 1/25; sessions following on1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/2 (Saturday), 3/6, and 3/13.

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New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) is a group of public school educators committed to fighting for social justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community, parent, and student organizations. We are educators who believe that education is an integral part of social change and that we must work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings. NYCoRE members hold in common nine Points of Unity which can be found here: http://www.nycore.org/nycore-info/points-of-unity/