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NAME 2014 Conference SCHOLARSHIPS 

Eligible candidates should consider submitting an application for partial registration for the 2014 conference. A formal announcement about submitting applications will be coming later this summer that will include the link for submitting applications to NAME and the deadline for submitting applications. All applications for conference scholarships will be submitted online similar to presentation proposals.

Eligible candidates are Teacher Education students in undergraduate or graduate programs, and people who have graduated within the past five years.  Priorities will be given to applicants who are members of NAME and with financial need.

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ATTENTION NAME MEMBERS:

Please consider donating to the scholarship fund to support the efforts of younger participants interested in coming to the NAME conference by checking the designated scholarship box on the registration form.

 

 

Informative Newsletter from GA-NAME

Cool off with the latest newsletter from GA NAME for Spring 2014, entitled “What’s the IDEA?”

A publication of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education

Inside this issue:

  •  Exploring Education & Politics
  • Spotlight on GA NAME’s Learn In on Education Reform in Georgia
  • Understanding the Consequences of Standardized Tests and         Test Validity
  • Examining the Neo-Civil War on the Common Core
  • A Review of 2014 Legislation
  • Open Call for Submissions onWellness. Submit today! See our submission guidelines.

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NAME Signs on Statement of Concern: ASU

Dear NAME Community:

In light of the troubling Arizona State University police incident in which an African American professor experienced harassment and violent aggression, the NAME Board would like to remind our community of the importance of being vigilant against racism in all its forms. We cannot presume to know what went through the mind of the university police officer, but we do know the official response from Arizona State University has thus far all but ignored the larger context of U.S.-sanctioned violence against people of color, and police brutality against African Americans in particular. The point is not about who this happened to or even who may have extended the reach of the law, but rather that public funded educational institutions have once again failed to model civility, dignity, and critical examination of the historical structures of racism that foster such violently charged interactions with people of color.

Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies has written a statement of concern calling for an independent and thorough investigation of the incident. The NAME Board of Directors voted to co-sign this statement on behalf of the NAME community. 
We encourage you to access the statement of concern via the link below. Please read the statement and consider responses to such occurrences, which will continue to be part of our daily lives until we disrupt the systems that validate them.

AZCES Statement of Concern: http://azethnicstudies.com/archives/565

 

Additional links of interest:

“AZCES Poses Questions for Announced External Audit in Ore Case”:http://azethnicstudies.com/archives/588

MoveOn Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/justice-for-professor

Friends of Ersula Ore Supporters’ Website: http://www.erslegaldefense.com

Keynotes for Tucson Conference

We are pleased to announce the following general session speakers for the 2014 Tucson Conference:

KEYNOTE’s for TUCSON Conference
(list to date):

Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee)
Professor of Indigenous Education & Justice in the School of Social Transformation
Arizona State University

Maria Franquiz
Dean, University of Utah’s College of Education

K. Wayne Yang
Assistant Professor of Youth Culture & Pedagogy in the Emergence of Social Movements
University of California–San Diego

David Omotoso Stovall
Associate Professor of African American Studies & educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois–Chicago

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REGISTRATION Information for 2014 Tucson NAME Conference

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CONFERENCE HOTEL RESERVATIONS: 
ROOM RATE in the NAME Block:  $95
 
Available now at the Hilton Tucson Golf & Tennis Resort

10000 North Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85704, US

A dedicated website is now available for conference attendees to book their hotel rooms online. 

Thank you, Proposal Reviewers!

The Call for Proposal Reviewers is now closed. Thank you to all you responded. 

VOLUNTEERS agreed to:
•  Review proposals between May 5th – 31st, and be  available via email through June 30.

Several things to consider:

  • Each reviewer will be assigned between 10-15 proposals. 
  • Proposals are to be reviewed between  Monday, May 5th and Saturday, May 31st.   
  • We encourage you to start reviewing as soon as  proposals are assigned to you
  • No proposal will be reviewed by any author of that proposal.
  • Students may apply to serve as proposal reviewers. No proposal will be reviewed by more than one student reviewer.

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2014 Annual Campaign

Announcing the launch of NAME’s 2014 Annual Campaign…

…for donations and gifts that will
significantly increase the capacity of NAME to sustain our work and expand our reach.

From the announcement by President Kevin Kumashiro:

“For over twenty years, the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) has boldly advocated for equity and social justice in schools and society, and has provided invaluable support to thousands of educators, counselors, school leaders, community members, and young people who embrace and engage in multicultural education.  In these challenging times for schools, NAME is more committed than ever before to expand its initiatives and resources … and we need your help to do so.

Today, we are launching an Annual Campaign for donations and gifts that will significantly increase the capacity of NAME to sustain our work and expand our reach.

Why donate?  As the president of NAME, whether I am visiting our local chapters or greeting attendees at our regional and national conferences, I am fortunate to hear from people across the country.  In these stories of struggles and challenges, and of innovations and accomplishments, I am struck by the various roles that NAME has played as a source of support and community.  From our conferences and professional development opportunities to our publications and online resources, NAME is striving to provide the resources that you need to make our schools and society better places for all.

But we can and must do more.  The attacks on public education, the scapegoating of teachers, the “reforms” that purport to support struggling communities but that actually widen inequities—these are becoming more and more pervasive, to a point where teachers are telling us that they feel more demoralized and less able to truly teach than ever before.  NAME has recently launched new initiatives that reflect our commitment to building a stronger movement for equity and justice in education: from our media toolkit on teacher evaluation, and our summer institute and forthcoming book on diversifying the teacher workforce, to our support for the legal struggles to protect ethnic studies, and our partnerships with local and national organizations on common causes.

We need your help to do even more than ever. Please help to kick off our Annual Campaign by making your tax-deductible donation today, and please encourage others to become a member of NAME and/or to support this Campaign.”

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Or visit http://nameorg.org/support for instructions on how to make a donation by check.

 

Announcing Change In Leadership

The NAME Board of Directors wishes to share with its membership that, at its last meeting on February 22-23, 2014, Rick Ayers stepped down as co-president-elect.  For the first time in 2012, NAME had elected two co-presidents-elect. Francisco Rios, now sole president-elect, will assume the presidency in November 2014. We are grateful for Dr. Ayers’ generosity, contributions, and leadership on the NAME Board, and we are pleased that he will continue to serve NAME and CA-NAME in key leadership roles. The NAME Board sees this transition as both a challenge and an opportunity to continue to find ways to strengthen its capacity to make good on its mission and its promise.

NAME Response to Arizona’s Right to Discriminate Bill

February 25, 2014 — The Board of Directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) has just released the following position statement opposing the passage of Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill, and we encourage NAME members and other advocates for equity and civil rights to read, discuss, share, and act:

NAME Position Statement on Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill

The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) joins with advocates of civil rights across the state of Arizona and amplifies our nation’s founding principles of liberty and justice for all by calling on Arizona Governor Brewer to veto the pending “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (House Bill 2153/Senate Bill 1062).

Known by many as the “right to discriminate” or the “do not serve gays” bill, this anti-gay legislation uses the concept of religious freedom to make it illegal to sue a business (including an individual, company, or church) for refusing to serve gay and other customers if the business owner believes that doing so violates their religious beliefs.  That is, discriminating against such groups as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals because of religious beliefs would be allowable if this bill becomes law.

NAME condemns Arizona lawmakers for using the constitutional right of free exercise of religion, which we cherish and hold dearly, as a cover for discriminating against certain groups in society.  The truly American value of religious freedom has everything to do with protecting the dignity, liberty, and agency of every human being, and should not be the basis for denying such protections for anyone, including and especially those groups that already experience discrimination and injustice.

NAME chose Arizona as the site of our 2014 annual conference in order to support the important work of educators, students, and advocates who are defending the right to a quality, relevant, empowering education in a time when ethnic studies is under intense attack in the Tucson Unified School District and beyond.  We will be shining a national spotlight on ways that Arizona leads the nation in its racially unjust approach to education.  We hope that Arizona will not again lead the nation in undermining the rights and dignity of its very own communities with the proposed, unjust approach to legalizing discrimination against LGBT Arizonans.

Governor Brewer has the opportunity to hold Arizona lawmakers accountable by reprimanding the legislature for even imagining this bill, and NAME calls on her to veto the bill and, instead, to insist that Arizona reaffirm its commitment to nurturing every one of its communities and peoples.

NAME urges its members and allies to raise your voice and demand the veto of this bill.

 

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2014 NAME Tucson Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! PLAN TO GET INVOLVED!!

NAME  24th International ANNUAL Conference

 in Tucson AZ  -  Nov. 5 – 9, 2014

CALL for PROPOSALS IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you to all who submitted. 

CONFERENCE THEME:

Dismantling Fronteras through Multicultural Education: Con Comunidad, Cariño y Coraje

  Many fronteras (borders) aim to divide us as a human family. Most obvious are those geo-political fronteras that divide one nation from another, even when they separate people who share common socio-cultural histories. Some of the most problematic fronteras exist within the tacit ideologies that guide our actions and that have colonized our minds. Ideological fronteras are created to divide people and to reinforce hierarchies: Whites over Blacks, rich over poor, males over females, heterosexuals over LGBTQ, able bodied over disabled, citizen over recent arrival, English speakers over speakers of other languages, non-Indigenous over Indigenous. These hierarchies create “others” of those who are pushed to the margins. We recognize that fronteras while having been created can also be dismantled. Fronteras are, after all, constructed by people and as such can be dismantled by people. Dismantling fronteras is no easy task, as strong forces are at play to keep people divided and power in the hands of the privileged few. Dismantling them asks that we engage in meaningful interaction and respectful dialogue aimed at understanding each other, seeking places of commonality while affirming our social differences, and building capacity for social change. This requires that we build a sense of comunidad (community), filled with cariño (loving care) and the coraje (courage) to have the difficult but critical conversations at the heart of building our capacity for change. It asks that we reach across lines of difference to enter another’s world, building solidarity in a struggle for equity, inclusion, access and justice. We invite you (students, parents, educators, scholars, and community activists) to participate in the 2014 conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education in Tucson, Arizona, where we will seek ways in which a critical, social justice oriented multicultural education can serve as a tool aimed at dismantling false fronteras that divide us from ourselves. We especially invite those whose work moves between the P-16 classroom and the community to address pressing social challenges.

Click to View NAME’s RESPONSE to Arizona’s Proposed Right to Discriminate Bill

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Why is NAME going to Arizona???

Dear NAME Members,

It was great to see many of you last week in Oakland at NAME’s 23rd International Conference.  We hope you were as re-energized by what occurred there as we were. We are planning the next conference for Tucson, AZ on November 5-9, 2014.  Many of you are aware of the racist and mono-culturalist efforts by Arizona politicians and Tucson school board members to ban ethnic studies as well as a large number of books on critical education and Mexican American history. Because of these repressive measures, many of us had felt that it was our duty to boycott Arizona and Tucson. But in talking with activists there–including activists from the public-school classrooms, and those at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and those who have just founded the Tucson NAME chapter–one plea has been resoundingly clear: come to Tucson, act in solidarity, and create a presence of NAME as part of their efforts to fight back.  There is urgency in this struggle, because the verdict of the right-wing school board has not been final and important changes are still taking place (see the Los Angeles Times article below).  In fact, in fall 2014 the Ninth Circuit Court will once again take up the challenge to the ban on ethnic studies. We have heeded the call and we aim to organize a NAME conference that gathers us onsite to generate great energy and enthusiasm for the advancement of multicultural education and in support of ethnic studies in the Southwest. We know that NAME will receive an enthusiastic welcome from the deep and diverse community of Tucson and nearby southern Arizona communities reaching all the way to Nogales, Mexico.  In Tucson we will have an opportunity to explore the struggle of the border, beginning with the US-Mexico border but also the borders that separate and oppress–from continuing Jim Crow voting practices to gender oppression to the barriers of class and power. We call on all of you, the entire NAME membership, to join us in envisioning the kind of transformative and inspiring gathering that the Tucson conference could be.  We are needed now and there as much as ever.  More information on the conference, including the conference theme and ways to get involved, will be announced soon. Sincerely, NAME Board of Directors More info from the Los Angeles Times:  “Fighting to end Tucson ‘ban’ on books, Latino activist wins” http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-latino-activist-tucson-ban-on-books-20131107,0,4089395.story#axzz2kO3Mq8fi  ***

Honoring Stuart Hall, Godfather of Multiculturalism

We recently lost another giant of social justice work and a great inspiration for us all.
The Guardian calls him ‘Godfather of multiculturalism’ –Stuart Hall died yesterday at age 82

Sociologist influenced academic, political and cultural debate in Britain for over six decades. Read more:
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