Howard University – Armour J. Blackburn University Center – 2400 6th St. NW – Washington D.C. 20059

Click to register now ~ Registration closes July 1st!


Morning Welcome & Keynote:


Jitu Brown

Jitu Brown, married and father of one child, is the national director for the Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J).  Jitu Brown was born on Chicago’s south side and is a product of Chicago’s public school system.  Jitu started volunteering with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) in 1991, became a board member in 1993 and served as the Board president for a number of years.  He joined the staff as education organizer in 2006.  Jitu has organized in the Kenwood Oakland neighborhood for over 17 years bringing community voices to the table on school issues.

Jitu helped develop the Mid-South Education Association, a grassroots advocacy group comprised of administrators, parents, teachers, young people and local school council (LSC) members to meet the needs of schools in the area.  They were the first group to certify parents as LSC facilitators, which has become a model being replicated across the city of Chicago.  In addition, they successfully organized to stop several school closings in the area and secured resources for neglected neighborhood schools.  KOCO has served as a resource for organizations nationwide, dealing with school closings and the elimination of community voice from the decision-making process.

Featuring also: Tanaisa Brown, Michelle Gunderson, & Aixa Rodriguez as the Master of Ceremonies


Afternoon Keynote & Closing:


 Bishop John L. Selders, Jr.

The Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders, Jr. is an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ, the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ, Hartford, CT, Associate College Chaplain, Trinity College, Hartford, CT and one of the leaders of Moral Monday CT. For 15 years, he served Executive Director of Zezzo House (an 18 unit housing project) in Hartford, CT.

He is the loving spouse of Pamela and father of two, Alisia (daughter), Jay (son) and grand parent of one, Makenzie (granddaughter). Bishop Selders has done his academic and theological reflection attending Life Christian Bible College, Webster University, Eden Theological Seminary and Anglican Divinity School. In addition to being a talented award winning songwriter, musician and performer with local, national, and international credits, he is also the Bishop Presider of The Inter-Denominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries (ICLCM) and is the Co-Convening Bishop of The Sacred College of Progressive Episcopates (SCPE). Bishop Selders is a founding member of Moral Monday CT, a grassroots statewide organization committed to a wide range of social justice issues.

Bishop Selders has exhibited extraordinary commitment and dedication to a number of efforts that have afforded him the opportunity to travel across the country speaking, lecturing and conducting workshops in the areas of race, oppression and reproductive justice. He is a teacher, lecturer, workshop leader, an HIV/AIDS educator and activist with numerous citations for his work. +John worked for 12 years as a Lecturer at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT., Adjunct Faculty Member in the Field Education Department of Andover Newton Theological School, Dean of Urban Ministry Track for The Anglican Divinity School and is an adjunct faculty member for The Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education. He serves on a number of boards currently serving as the national Vice President of the Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice and works with several organizations both locally and nationally whose work is ultimately concerned with the healing of humanity.

Featuring also: music by The D.C. Labor Chorus & Jesse “The Walking Man” Turner as the Master of Ceremonies

8:00 –      Registration (continental breakfast provided)

8:30 –      Morning Welcome & Keynote: Jitu Brown

9:45 –      1st Breakout Session

10:45 –    Coffee break

11:00 –    2nd Breakout Session

12:15 –    Lunch & Performances (boxed lunch provided)

1:15 –      3rd Breakout Session

2:30 –     4th Breakout Session

4:00 –     Afternoon Keynote & Closing: Bishop John Selders, Jr.

5:00 –    Reception (beverages and appetizers provided)


Breakout Presenters &  Descriptions

Lessons Learned from Dreaming2016_Conference_Headshots1

Kristina Berdan – Teacher-Director
Iman Cuffi – sophmore at University of Baltimore
Dominique Davis – graduate of Frostburg University
Deja Joseph – freshman at McDaniel College

How can we ensure that students are able to have profound, meaningful moments in their education?  Through this interactive workshop and panel, Youth Dreamers will share their own moments as they created and sustained Baltimore’s only youth-run youth center: The Dream House. Participants will be able to identify the skills/content students learned through this multi-year project based curriculum and discuss ways that we can ensure youth voice, critical thinking, community building, problem solving and more in classrooms. Youth Dreamers will share how their book I Am Not a Test Score: Lessons Learned from Dreaming can be used as a resource and inspiration.

History Lessons for High Impact Actions2016_Conference_Headshots

Troy Grant

Grant received his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His topic of study was the 2011 Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action (SOS). His contribution to the panel discussion will historically contextualize SOS within the panoply of education activism–past, present and future.

The Need For Black & Latino Community Control2016_Conference_Headshots

Sam Anderson & NYC Coalition for Public Education
Ruth Rodriguez – Save Our Schools & United Opt Out

Given the relentless miseducation assault upon mainly Black & Latino children within the US public school systems, there is a need for Black & Latino parents, educators and students to take control of their local schools and/or school systems. This session will discuss the historical and present-day reasons why and will offer concrete ways for for the realization on a national scale an updated version of Black & Latino Community Control of public education.
Age range: children, youth, adults

The Organizers Playbook (Dyett Hunger Strikers)2016_Conference_Headshots3

A group of parents and community members, who became known as the “Dyett 12,” enacted a hunger strike in 2015 to speak out against Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) plan to reopen Dyett as a contract school. CPS had announced that it would reopen Dyett as an open enrollment school with an arts-focused curriculum and a community innovation lab but the coalition, which includes member of the Kenwood Oakland community Organization, were insistent on the school becoming Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School and continued the hunger strike. Come to this session to hear their amazing story and about the types of actions they are currently working on.

Democratic Schooling for a Democratic Society

Deborah Meier
Jonathan Kozol
Mike Klonsky

George S. Counts once asked: “Dare the schools build a new social order?” Panelists will consider this question and its implications for the promise of democratic schooling.


Fighting Back – If Not Us, Then Who?2016_Conference_Headshots

Gus Morales – Education & social justice activist, founder of Taking It Back, & founder of Mass Opt Out
Brett Bigham – Oregon Teacher of the Year & NEA LGBT Caucus Teacher Role Model Award recipient

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

In the world of Education Reform, educators are often forced to contemplate just how far they will go to help protect the idea and promise of public education for all. Brett Bigham and Gus Morales made the decision that they would fight not only for themselves, but that they would fight for all and in doing so, risk it all.

Our workshop centers around the idea of what it means to lead a life of Social Justice in terms of being in the field of education during one of the most tumultuous periods in Public Education history and taking a stand against Corporate Education Reform and the efforts of billionaires to privatize one of the cornerstones of democracy.

NEW LENS – The Student Led Film Group from Baltimore2016_Conference_Headshots

Nikita Mason – instructor at New Lens productions
David Reynard Blair – instructor at New Lens productions

The “Schools Out” video is a documentary that explores school closings in Baltimore from a community perspective. It gives the back story on how this policy came to be as well as the effects on students, teachers, families, and communities. Through interviews we explore often unheard voices and address the connection between school closings and systemic racism and talk about the need for community control of schools. The video presentation will be followed by a discussion about how the messaging in the video compares to the dominant narrative coming from the school system and why alternative messaging is important. We will also invite discussion and reflection on what other issues the audience sees as essential for youth to have a voice on.
Age range: youth – adult

Restorative Justice in Schools:
Pushing Back Against the School-to-Prison Pipeline2016_Conference_Headshots

Bonnie Massey – NYC public school educator & member of Teachers Unite
Tyler Brewster –
NYC public school educator & member of Teachers Unite

Facilitators will give an overview of school-based Restorative Justice (RJ) and the movement for ending the criminalization and pushout of youth of color and youth with special needs. Participants will reflect about their own experiences with discipline and break into groups to talk about how students, parents, educators, and other school stakeholders can play a role in shifting school climate from punitive to restorative. We will share tools for getting started at your school and share about how to get involved in the larger movement.
Age range: children, youth, adults

TFA – 5 Years Later

David Greene – Former Teacher and SOS Treasurer, WISE Services
Julian Vasquez Heilig – Professor, California State University Sacramento Education Chair, California NAACP
Emma Howland-Bolton – Teacher,
Founding member of Learn with Detroit & the Corps Advisory Board
Chad Sommer – 2011 TFA Corps Member, Critical alumnus of Teach For America
Tina Andres – Santa Ana EA, CTA, NEA, Board of Directors for BATs
T. Jameson Brewer –
2010 Metro Atlanta Corps Member, Scholars Strategy Network (Harvard University)

This session will focus on how presenting the facts about TFA since the last SOS Conference and Panel in 2011 via social media, media, conferences, and demonstrations  has impacted TFA. A mix of Anti TFA Bloggers and Anti TFA former corp members will present what’s changed since 2011 and their points of view as to  how we can push even harder against TFA. The session will also include a video by Gary Rubinstein – blogger and teacher at Stuyvesant High School.
Age range: teen – adult2016_Conference_Headshots

Social Justice Teaching2016_Conference_Headshots

Michelle Bollinger – Social studies teacher, Washington Teachers Union

Michelle is co-editor (with Dao Tran) of the book 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History. In this session she explores the following: an age of standardized testing and data-driven outcomes, how can teachers create meaningful and relevant learning experiences with their students?
Age range: adult

Moving the Opt Out/Test Refusal Movement Forward2016_Conference_Headshots

Melissa Tomlinson – Assistant Executive Director of the BATs, educator for 15 years, NJEA
Lisa Rudley – Executive Director and a founding member of NYS Allies for Public Education

Facilitators will host a discussion to harvest ideas about what can be planned for the furthering of the Opt Out/Test Refusal Movement. Forum will follow the Art of Hosting model to also give attendees a tool to organize their own forums within their own communities that are great for focusing an inclusive conversation around issues that matter most to themselves and other community members.
Age range: youth – adult

Hip Hop Advocacy2016_Conference_Headshots

Jeremy Dudley (Dudley aka Origin) – City School District of Albany, NY

In this interactive session participants will collaboratively write an original hip hop song about education advocacy. Participants will be guided through a process that can be replicated in classrooms around a variety of content. Rap skills are not required. Let’s have some fun and create something to remember!
Age range: youth – adult

Let’s Write a Song for Our Schools Together2016_Conference_Headshots

Terry Moore – retired teacher, songwriter, & guitarist
Becca Ritchie – teacher, songwriter, & guitarist

Terry Moore is a retired third grade teacher and a singer/songwriter who has shared his songs at various rallies for peace and justice. He plays at children and adult hospitals with his group, Hospitality. Join Terry in this session, and we’ll take a song already written and in the folk and gospel tradition, change the words, called lyrics, add a dose of feelings and make it our own, ending with a shared sing.
Age range: child – adult

Activist School Board Members and Unionists Working Together for Social Justice in Schools and Communities2016_Conference_Headshots

Bess Altwerger – Save Our Schools, Howard County School Board Member
Erika Strauss Chavarria – teacher, Howard County, MD

This is a concurrent session that corresponds with the following session titled, How to Leverage the Opt Out Movement to Create Education Voters.

A Save Our Schools activist was elected to the School Board with local NEA endorsement and ran on an anti-corporate reform platform. Since being elected, she has partnered with the union to bring positive change to the school system. Union members led a listening campaign to provide community input on important Board policies such as standardized testing, racial disparities, and school suspension. Such union outreach is invaluable to members of school Boards that seek to create a more collaborative, socially responsive school system. Strategies will be shared for establishing School Board-union collaborations that result in a more socially just agenda.
Age range: teen – adult

Standardized Testing’s Role in Public Education:2016_Conference_Headshots
How to Advocate for Yourself and Others

Derek Rudley – Student

This session will be about how to advocate for yourself and others…from a student’s viewpoint. Derek is 11 years old and will be starting 6th grade in the Ossining AMD middle school this fall.  He served on his 5th student council and advocated for his classmates and advised his principal on improvements for the 5th grade school.  Derek enjoys acting, singing, and dancing.
Age range: child – adult

Using the Power of Your Voice to Promote Social Justice & Unionism2016_Conference_Headshots

Sonya Romero- Executive Vice President, Albuquerque Teachers Federation-Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher
Michelle Gunderson – Vice President for Elementary Schools for the Chicago Teachers Union, teacher for Chicago Public Schools

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”- Albert Einstein – AFT Member. This session will be a pro-active, solution driven conversation using social justice, unionism, and the power of our voices to discuss the realities of our stories in our classrooms, communities, students, and in our profession. In this session we will discuss how the three frames of unionism (industrial, professional, and social justice) intersect to deepen our understanding of activism for public schools as the foundation of democracy.
Age range: youth – adult

Cooperative Games and Sports2016_Conference_Headshots

Jane Watson – K-12 teacher – reading & ESL – since 1979 in Yakima, WA

We’ll be playing cooperative games and activities for enhancing conflict resolution and communication skills and building self-esteem.
Age range: child – adult

Broadening the Aims of the Opt Out Movement2016_Conference_Headshots

Denisha Jones – Howard University, United Opt Out
Ruth Rodriguez-Fay – United Opt Out, Defending the Early Years
Tonya Bah – Philadelphia Parent School Advisory Council Chair
Matt Prestbury – Baltimore City Public School System Paraeducator
Ben Dalby – Baltimore Parent

As the opt out movement continues to grow, new challenges arise that jeopardize the ability of the movement to put an end to the test and punish accountability system. Proponents of high stakes standardized testing attack the opt out movement for being drive by white families. Another challenge to the opt out movement is the push for competency based education to replace yearly standardized testing with continuous online testing. This panel will discuss how the opt out movement must address both of these challenges if it is to survive as a form of resistance against the privatization of public education.
Age range: youth – adults

Authentic Assessment and Shared Responsibility2016_Conference_Headshots

Monty Neill – FairTest
Avram Barlowe – teacher, Urban Academy, NYC

The new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) allows states to overhaul their assessment systems, including use of teacher-controlled tools and processes, incorporate a wider range of evidence of student learning and school quality, and to replace punishment with assistance. This session will explore how states and districts can take advantage of the opportunities and avoid dangers. We will present concrete examples, including NY Performance Standards Consortium, Learning Record, New Hampshire’s pilot performance assessment system, and California’s community-based accountability. Participants will discuss the pros, cons and potential complications of various options for assessment and accountability.
Age range: youth – adults

Black Lives Are More Than a Score2016_Conference_Headshots

Jesse Hagopian – Editor, Rethinking Schools magazine

The testocracy portray their initiatives for more high-stakes testing as the new civil rights movement.  In fact, high-stakes testing is a major component of a school-to-prison-pipeline that is targeting Black and Brown youth.  Yet from the hundreds of mostly Latino students in New Mexico to the predominately Black students in Baltimore who all walked out against the PARCC test, the resistance is growing.  This workshop will explore the white supremacist history of high-stakes testing in the public schools and the movements of communities of color against these exams.
Age range: youth – adults

Youth Organizing Youth2016_Conference_Headshots

Tanaisa Brown – President of the Newark Students Union, youth organizer, education advocate
Kristin Towkaniuk – Newark Students Union
Kevin Sedano – Newark Students Union
Katherine Ramos – Newark Students Union

A session focused on building a youth/ student movement, highlighting the distinction between organizing and activism. Presenters will provide roles (for youth and allies), tips, and a foundation for forming student unions, advocacy groups, and/or action collectives. This workshop will also address frequently asked questions, and will teach participants how to organize events/demonstrations such as marches, sit-ins, and civil disobediences. Presenters will draw from experience with the Newark Students Union.
Age range: All ages welcome/geared toward students

Struggling Against Privatization in the Suburbs: Prec(ar)ious Solidarities Between Labor, Parents, and Community Activists in Montclair New Jersey

Michele Fine – Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center
Lynn Fedele – parent and educator Jeff Freeman, educator

Tom Manos – educator and MEA executive committee
Chris McGoey – lawyer and parent – NJSOS Alex Polner, parent
Petal Robertson – educator and MEA VP
Margaret Saracco – educator and parent
Gayl Shepard – educator, parent and MEA President

Our panel will review the history and strategic moves of solidarity engaged between parents, educators, community activists and labor during a two year period with a Broad Foundation superintendent, and a privatization-leaning board, tried to disrupt our public schools with over testing, contracts to consultants/lawyers/cyber security firms. Classic, well funded corporate reform meets radically engaged, multi-racial community/labor organizing – the story of Montclair Cares About Schools (MCAS).
Age range: youth – adults

Equal Opportunity Now: Fighting to Defend Public Education in Detroit and Across the Nation

Nicole Conaway & Tania Kappner – teacher organizers with BAMN

This session will talk about the fight for democracy and union rights in the Detroit Federation of Teachers, and the Sickouts and Walkouts BAMN organized against the State Takeover and for Equal Quality Education in Detroit. We will also address our current struggle and court case against lead contamination in the water Detroit students drink at their schools. We will address the New Jim Crow in Oakland with the push towards privatization and the attacks on the right to Special Education Services. We will put forward a perspective and plan for the defense of public education nationwide.
Age range: youth – adults

Special Education Advocacy

Julie Borst – BAT, Special Education Parent Advocate, Save Our Schools New Jersey, & Blogger
Terry Kalb – Retired Teacher & Special Education Advocate
Nancy Bailey – Retired special education teacher, author, and blogger

ESSA & Special Education What the new federal law specifies. How the testing requirements have changed and what that will mean at the local and state level. What parents and teachers can do to mitigate the limitations of the law. What Social Impact Bonds will mean for low-income students with disabilities.
Age range: youth – adults


Artful Resistance & Reading Room2016_Conference_Headshots

Becky Smith – Save Our Schools
Morna McDermott – United Opt Out National

Every child know how important – and FUN – it is to sing, dance, draw, color, paint, play, and read and write about the things that interest us. Come to this space to do all the creative and playful things you love to do. We will provide art supplies and writing materials for children to express themselves and their thoughts. We will also have a quiet reading area where children can sneak off to enjoy as much solitude – or adventure – as they care to.
Age range: children – adults

Yoga in Every Classroom!2016_Conference_Headshots

Julianna Dauble – WA BAT & NEA BAT Caucus leader

Practice yoga, children of all ages, with an experienced yoga teacher.  Learn how to integrate yoga into any environment without equipment.  You will learn by DOING!  Mindfulness techniques will be emphasized.  No experience or special clothes necessary!
Age range: 4-104 years welcome!

BATs: Social Media and the Education Revolution2016_BATsConference_Headshots

BATs Leadership

BATs will share how they built an extensive social media platform.   There will be presentations, as well, from their graphics team who are nationally recognized. BATs will share how they take that mobilization off social media and use it to organize and mobilize on the ground.
Age range: children – adults

Martial Arts as Social Justice2016_Conference_Headshots

Ricardo D. Rosa – Save Our Schools
Tracey Drum

The workshop will expose children and teens to an integrated martial arts session (mind, body & spirit) with a focus on the various ways that the tenets of various martial arts systems extend into social awareness, social justice, and community activism.
Age range: 8-12 and teens

Making Your Voice Heard: Spoken Word Poetry2016_Conference_Headshots

Kristin Towkaniuk – Newark Students Union
Tanaisa Brown – President of the Newark Students Union, youth organizer, education advocate
Kevin Sedano – Newark Students Union
Katherine Ramos – Newark Students Union

A session focused on the arts’ role in the movement, specifically how Spoken Word poetry can be used as an organizing tool as well as a tool of self-care to prevent burnout. This workshop will show examples of spoken word, teach participants how to get started with poems, and provide the space for participants to write and preform a short piece. The piece does not have to be focused on the poet’s activism, but can allow them to express anything they wish to in an open and safe environment.
Age range: children – adults

“That’s not fair!!”2016_Conference_Headshots

Bess Altwerger – Save Our Schools, Howard County School Board Member
Rick Meyer – Save Our Schools

How often have you said, “That’s not fair?” How often have you seen someone doing something you know is wrong? Can you think of a time when you thought, ‘Someone should do something about that?’ Quite often, young people think they can not or should not say something or do something even though they know something is not quite right. We’ll talk about what you can do and still feel safe. We’ll plan for actions you can take so that you don’t have to walk away thinking I should have done something.
Age range: children – adults

Defending the Early Years: Using Your Voice as an Early Childhood Activist2016_Conference_Headshots

Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin – Co-Director of Defending the Early Years; early childhood teacher in Boston Public Schools

In today’s world, suspensions, expulsions and trauma from over-testing are impacting even our youngest students. What can we do? In this working session, participants will learn ways that early childhood teachers have been speaking out with well-reasoned arguments against inappropriate standards, assessments, and classroom practices. We will share strategies and resources to help strengthen our abilities to promote quality early childhood education policies in our schools, our local communities and the nation.
Age range: adults

What Instead?: How We Reframe the Debate About Education Reform2016_Conference_Headshots

Julian Vasquez Heilig – Professor, California State University Sacramento Education Chair, California NAACP

Contemporary efforts to “reform” education increasingly rely on private-sector neoliberal formulas that promote choice, competition, and the deregulation and privatization of public institutions, facilities, and services. In support for “bottom up” approaches to education reform, this session will engage participants in a conversation about the important contributions and future possibilities of community-based education policy as an alternative to top-down, private-controlled education reform.
Age range: children – adults

The Social Justice Reading and Writing Room2016_Conference_Headshots

Stop in, grab a book from a collection that will raise awareness about human rights and making the world a better place. There will be places and art materials for you to create your own short book, picture or share what you learned from what you read.
Age range: child – adult

Read Aloud for Social Justice

Listen to two short books written by children’s authors Eve Bunting and Jacqueline Woodson read aloud. Both authors raise awareness, about human rights, fighting for a good cause and making the world a better place. We’ll stop for responses during the reading and then see a short video on their writing processes.
Age range: child – adult

Elections Have Consequences! How Education Voters Can Get Registered, Vote on the Issues, and Get Out the Vote

Delisa Saunders – deputy director, Human Rights & Community Relations Department, AFT
Jennifer Rodriguez – director of campaigns, Political Department, AFT

On a non-partisan basis, we are education voters!  And, in the 2016 elections we will be electing a new president, US Senators and Representatives, state legislators, mayors, city council members, county commissioners, school board members and many others.  By running voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, we increase the power of education activists.  This workshop will cover how to run a voter registration effort in your state and local area, encouraging absentee voting, election day non-partisan turnout strategies, publicizing our efforts and measuring our success.  Participants will leave familiar with the mechanics of voter turnout and ways in which non-partisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts can provide leverage for moving the issues we care about with elected officials.
Age range: adult

DACA, DACA+, & DAPA: How President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Can Help the Youth, Families, and Communities We Serve as Educators

Cesar Moreno – associate director, Human Rights and Community Relations, AFT

Over 700,000 youth have adjusted their immigration status through the Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) program and thousands more are eligible. While Congress stalls on immigration reform and the expansion of DACA and DAPA, programs judicial hold, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and our partners across the country are on the front-lines fighting to keep our families and communities together. Join us for a candid conversation about immigration, ICE raids, and citizenship. Also, learn about the tools and resources available to educators, school support staff and community partners to help undocumented students and their families fight back against the attacks, apply for DACA, and help prepare their families for DAPA.
Age range: adult

Organizing Challenges to Partnership

Jitu Brown – National Director for the Journey for Justice Alliance
Michelle Gunderson – Vice President for Elementary Schools for the Chicago Teachers Union, teacher for Chicago Public Schools
Jay Travis – Journey 4 Justice
Mary Cathryn Ricker – Executive Vice President of AFT

Come and take part in active discussion of the difficulties encountered when union leaders and staff and grass roots groups attempt to work together in partnership towards common goals.
Age range: adult

A Dialogue on Global Education Reform

Ricardo D. Rosa – Save Our Schools
Jose Soler – Save Our Schools
Ruth Rodriguez – Save Our Schools & United Opt Out

This will be a dialogue facilitated by participants on the corporate agenda in education internationally and what it might mean to our national and local struggles in the U.S. Bring your stories, relevant information to share, and ideas.
Age range: adult

Movie Screening – NaturePlay2016_Conference_Headshots

NaturePlay is a stunning 4K, Cinematic portrait of Childhood defining edu-cation and play. Upon the start of their own child’s education, the Danish/American filmmakers discover that in the USA rampant school testing has become a virus, turning the system into an infected beast. In their search for a cure, they go on an inspiring Nordic journey to uncover how children natu-rally learn and a way to take childhood back. A secret defense is also un-veiled to rescue these children. One that can drive social change. In a High Stakes education – What’s truly at stake? Our children.

Our Fight for Detroit Kids2016_Conference_Headshots

Ivy Bailey – Detroit Federation of Teachers Parents, Community Members, and Teachers from Detroit
Parents, Community Members, and Teachers from Detroit

Like many urban school districts around the country, the educators, students, and families of Detroit are in the fight of our lives to save our neighborhoods and public schools. Find out how educators are standing together with our union, parents, and community allies to fight for equity in education and the schools our children deserve.
Age range: adult


…and more to come!