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40th Anniversary Symposium Workshop Registration & Gala Information

40th Anniversary Symposium Workshop Registration & Gala Information


In commemoration of the 40th anniversary, PACHS will host an educational symposium and celebratory gala on January 26, 2013. The symposium, which we hope will become an annual tradition, will bring people together in an effort to create a wider community of concerned educators and scholars to reflect on critical pedagogical theory and practice, best practices, and new innovations. Invited presenters will be asked to share their expertise on what they have found to be best practices working in an educational setting. In addition, members of our current Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School team will offer a framework outlining key areas of work that we utilize in an effort to make our school a site to work toward liberation.

Workshop Descriptions

Beyond Social and Emotional Learning: Understanding Actions and Emotions in a Social & Historical Context

Featured Speaker:
Dr. Jason Irizarry, University of Connecticut

Key concepts and practices:
• Unity for social analysis
• Conflict Resolution
• Restorative Justice
• Self and social transformation
• Community Engagement

Reconciling the Irreconcilable: Using Critical Pedagogy to Combat Academic Standardization

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University
Dr. Brian Schultz, Northeastern Illinois University

Key concepts and practices:
• Social ecology
• Urban agriculture
• Connection to the community
• Self and social transformation

Challenging the Industrial Testing Complex: Building Models of Authentic Assessment to Ensure Authentic Learning

Featured Speaker: Monty Neill, Executive Director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, Boston

Key concepts and practices:
• Holistic evaluation as “exit benchmark”
• Senior Portfolio Model – defense of graduation
• Analysis of Corporate Testing Structures

Understanding the Development of Civic Identities and Participation Amongst Minoritized Youth in an Activist Community

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Enid Rosario, University of Michigan
Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson, Northern Illinois University

Key concepts and practices:
• “Teachable moments”
• Praxis in the classroom
• Learning activities tied to community building and leadership development

From the Diaspora to the Homeland: Creating a Decolonizing and Culturally Relevant Curriculum

Featured Speakers:
Carlos Alberto Torres, Co-founder, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos HS
Carlos Quiles, Educator in Puerto Rico
Representative from Claridad – Newspaper in Puerto Rico

Key concepts and practices:
• History of struggle
• Connection to culture
• Creating study abroad opportunities
• Celebrating Puerto Rican history, culture and language

Purchase Symposium Tickets HERE.


PACHS 40th Anniversary Gala/Reunion

Saturday, January 26, 2013 6-10pm

Northeastern Illinois University
Alumni Hall
Parking free – Lot F
Performance by: Orquesta Sabor
Invited Guest: Rafael Cancel Miranda

The Gala will:

• Honor our legacy through our founders
• Recognize our leaders
• Celebrate our students
• Feature a Dinner and Dance

Purchase Gala/Reunion Tickets HERE