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Preconference Workshop

CELTCELT Cosponsored Preconference Workshop
Continuing the Tradition of Political Activism and Advocacy

Thursday, July 9:  11:45 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.

Speaking Out and Acting Up: Theater as Strategies for Activating Teachers, Students, and Communities to Respond to Oppressive and Controversial Situations

Register Online$65.00 (lunch included)

This preconference workshop focuses on presenting political accomplishments, introducing activists who are making a difference, and offering strategies to effect change in schools and communities that will support holistic literacy practices.

In the workshop, performance poetry and theater will be the two major areas of study and engagement. Participants will first learn and view the foundations and purposes of performance poetry, which has been rooted in public pedagogies for over 20 years. We will focus on performance poetry as a means to allow and support teachers, students, and community members to express their thoughts about and responses to oppressive and controversial situations. Participants will work with members of the Atlanta-based slam poetry and performance poetry scene and Natalie Cook, founder of Atlanta Word Works

The second area of study will focus on theater as a vehicle for educating others about critical issues in education. Participants will learn about theater of the oppressed, a strategy rooted in Freire’s notions of critical literacy, which involves performance related to specific issues. These issues could range from teachers’ rights, children’s rights, and workers’ rights to bullying on the playground and other injustices in schools and communities. Participants will engage with Sophie Nimmannit of the Theater of the Oppressed education group in Brooklyn, New York.

Natalie Cook, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Atlanta Word Works
Sophie Nimmannit, Theater of the Oppressed

Bess Altwerger, Towson University
Rick Meyer, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque


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