News from the School Reform Initiative June 20, 2017

Fall Meeting Learning Experiences – Call for Proposals Due JULY 1st!

Only a few weeks left to offer up your Fall Meeting Learning Experience proposals – they are due July 1st!!  Do you have a great idea for a Learning Experience at Fall Meeting? Are you using SRI tools and practices in exciting ways that you’d like to share with others? Then we invite you to offer up a Learning Experience at the November 2-4, 2017 Fall Meeting in Atlanta.

Each year, we utilize a portion of our conference for Learning Experiences. These sessions, either 90 minutes or 3.5 hours, allow affiliates to learn new skills, dive deep, and explore different concepts, all within the framework of the SRI Mission and Guiding Principles. We are accepting proposals for Fall Meeting Learning Experiences now until July 1st. If you are interested in proposing an experience, please utilize the Learning Experience proposal form. Questions? Email or call Kari ( or 303.586.1169)

Are you part of the SRI Facebook Page?

If not, you should be! Click here to join SRI on Facebook. It’s a great place to share resources, ask questions and see what’s happening around the SRI network.

This week, some good tools and resources were shared:

  • In Search of a Title: Starting with the Why. In this blog post, SRI Board Member Raquel Diaz shares her learning in discovering her ‘why’ as inspired by a workshop session she attended that was offered by SRI Board Member Gene Thompson-Grove. Click here to read the blog post on
  • The Equal Justice Initiative launches interactive digital experience called Lynching in America. From the website “This project expands on our work researching the period between the Civil War and World War II, when over 4,000 African Americans were lynched in the United States. Their research was published in a report titled Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, and was the most comprehensive work done on lynching to date. With support from Google, EJI has created an interactive experience inspired by the original report. This project tells the story of racial terror in America and explores how its legacy continues to shape our nation today. EJI hopes to spark an honest conversation about our history of racial injustice that begins a process of truth and reconciliation.” Click here to visit this incredible digital experience.
  • Great resource – Planning to Change the World. This amazing resource is a must for every educator who is committed to equity. From their website: This is a plan book for educators who believe their students can and will change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities.
    • The newest edition has all the things you would expect in a lesson plan book, plus:
    • Weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events
    • References to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates
    • Tips from social justice teachers across the country
    • Inspirational quotes to share with students
    • Thought-provoking essential questions to spark classroom discussions on critical issues
    • Reproducible social justice awards for students
    • The 2017-2018 edition is the ninth in the Planning to Change the World This year’s calendar features all new historical anniversaries and birthdays. How is it that Planning to Change the Worldhas new events and birthdays each year? Learn more about the 10 Year Rule.
    • Planning to Change the World is created by the Education for Liberation Network with the support of Rethinking Schools. Proceeds from the sale of the plan book support the work of these two organizations.

SRI Board of Directors – Informational Sessions

Since SRI’s inception, we have worked with intention to be a mission-driven organization, one fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence. Our fully elected, volunteer board of directors is committed to guiding the organization so it can fulfill the aspirational mission. In a few months, we will be launching our nomination process for our 2017 board election. In preparation, we are hosting a series of informational sessions for anyone who is thinking about running for election, or who just wants to learn more about the work of the SRI Board of Directors and the role of a board member. Click here to learn more and register to attend one of these upcoming informational sessions.

Do you have news to share? Interesting things happening in your area? Please let us know so we can share with our community! Email Chris Jones,

Thank you,
Kari Thierer, Heidi Vosekas, Chris Jones, and Beth I Graham
On behalf of School Reform Initiative

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