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The Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin K-12 Feminist Teacher Pre-Conference

Thursday, November 8
1p - 5p

Teach-In Co-Chairs:
Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Loyola University Maryland
Ileana Jiménez, founder
Stephanie Troutman, University of Arizona

2018 Theme: Feminist Education and Activism: Teaching K-12 Students About the Importance of Freedom, Dream making, and the Radical Politics of (Imagined) Futures
The Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin K-12 Feminist Teacher Pre-Conference is an interactive pedagogy and activism workshop designed to engage elementary through secondary classroom teachers with the NWSA Annual Conference and its themes. This pre-conference serves as NWSA’s recognition of the importance of curriculum design and content in schools and the support of teacher professional development as critical feminist issues. In committing to the support of K-12 feminisms and education, the pre-conference workshop provides teachers with ways in which to apply feminist theory and content to their classroom practice; complimentary access to the conference at large; and other feminist resources--including the scholarly Meridians journal; gender, racial, and social justice training; and networking opportunities with experts in education and activism, especially those with a focus on feminist theory, women of color feminisms and intersectionality, as well as youth studies research.

The pilot initiative for this K-12 teacher pre-conference was launched as the Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin Teach-In Program (JRTP), at NWSA’s “Forty Years Since Combahee” conference in Baltimore, MD in 2017. Continuing the legacy of the work at the JRTP and its namesake, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, in 2018, it was renamed and relaunched as the Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin K-12 Feminist Teacher Pre-Conference. The focal point of this teacher pre-conference will be the training of educators in how to teach feminist content, theory, and activism effectively in the classroom in an effort to gauge and enhance their students’ gender, racial, and political awareness and critical consciousness.