Racial Equity Task Force- Spring Social Mixer

PAT's Racial Equity Task Force is hosting another safe space for educators who identify as a person of color.  We will have our Spring Social Mixer. Come eat dinner, network, and learn about other events we will be working on.  Please RSVP and invite other Educators of Color.

Who: All PAT Members who identify as a person of color

When: March 7th 4:30pm-7pm

Where: PAT Office, 345 NE 8th Ave.

What: Eat dinner, network, and learn about other events


Nurturing Black Children: Black Mothers Speak About Raising & Teaching Black Lives in White Spaces

Friday, February 22 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Portland Association of Teachers (PAT)
345 NE 8th Ave, Portland

Featuring Special Guests: Dyan Watson, Natalie Labossiere, and Kara Hinderlie Stroman.

RSVP here.

Three Black mothers who are also educators will share their experiences about raising, educating, and supporting Black children in mostly white spaces. Through storytelling and prose, these moms will provide glimpses into the conversations they have with their own children as well as Black students in their care. Participants will leave with more understanding about the dilemmas these moms wrestle with as parent educators and with insight into how to keep Black lives safe in schools. Participants will have time to discuss, ask questions, and plan for their own classrooms. The highly acclaimed Rethinking Schools book, Teaching for Black Lives, will be for sale at the event.

For questions, please contact Linda Christensen at [email protected]

Cosponsored by PAT, Rethinking Schools, and the Oregon Writing Project.

Copies of Teaching for Black Lives available for purchase.


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