CANCELED DUE TO COVID: Announcing the 10th Annual BESJ Conference!

Conference Theme: To Thrive, Not Survive

“We must demand the impossible and employ radical imagination focused on intersectional justice through community building and grassroots organizing” (– Dr. Bettina Love)

Date/location: 5.16.20 at The Dearborn
Conference website:

Consider leading a workshop this year!
We are now accepting Workshop Proposals.
Proposals due March 20
Presenters will be notified by March 31

How else can I be involved?
Fill out our Volunteer Form!

To Thrive, Not Survive

  • To thrive means student voice and community input are guiding decision making; not just another checked box 
  • To thrive means inclusion done right; not done cheap
  • To thrive means relevant, affirming, student-centered learning; not testing
  • To thrive means students are safe and secure in their bodies, homes and communities; not surveilled in the name of safety
  • To thrive means all students and families are able to live in safe, quality, affordable homes; not pushed out for profit 
  • To thrive means all students and their families are connected with the resources they need; not tracked based on what they have 
  • To thrive means Educators of Color are recruited, hired, and supported; not tokenized

“To want freedom is to welcome struggle. This idea is fundamental to abolitionist teaching. We are not asking for struggle; we just understand that justice will not happen without it.” (Dr. Bettina Love)

We will win together.

26. February 2020 by RK
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