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Healing in Education, Resilience in Action

April 1, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The People’s Education Forum
Healing in Education, Resilience in Action

Free Parking in School Back Lot
Enter building through back courtyard
There will be a free Healing Space inside the library on the 2nd floor with Healers/practitioners – ear acupuncture, massage therapy, reiki, cranial sacral therapy.


In the wake of a new administration, we are bombarded with executive orders and appointments that call for, among other things, a Muslim ban, immediate construction of a 1,900 mile wall along the Mexico/US border, a call for sending federal troops into Chicago communities, and, the appointment of a grossly unqualified, inexperienced billionaire to head the Department of Education. These overwhelming situations add to the state-sanctioned violence students, parents, communities of color, community advocates, and others, already experience through police brutality, attacks on undocumented immigrants, the steady dismantling of public education, an erosion of healthcare, lack of affordable housing, lack of economic opportunities and environmental racism.

In light of these conditions we, the People’s Education Movement, invite you to join us for a day of solidarity, healing and organizing. This year’s theme signals an intentional decision to
1. acknowledge the pain and trauma created by unjust laws and policies, and 2. work towards nurturing the health and well-being of our students, within ourselves and our communities, in order to sustain our organized efforts to challenge and resist policies that exploit us. We agree with poet Jamila Lyiscott that, “healing is not the absence of pain, it is the decision to act in the service of your development rather than your defeat.”

We intend to share curricular resources that help educators engage in healing praxes that foster sustainable, long-term movements for justice. The first part of the day will focus on merging healing, grounded in the histories and cultural knowledges of ancestral wisdom, with educational practices that help students process multiple forms of trauma. The afternoon will be dedicated to workshops that build upon healing and develop strategies to organize. Participants will receive resources from all the workshops to take with them. We believe it is critical to make these curricular resources accessible to all and assist survival strategies as social services continue to disappear.

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9:00-9:15 am
Ancestral Knowledge Opening – Victor Arroyo
Welcome by Sandra Beyda-Lorie, Dean of NEIU Goodwin College of Education

9:15-10:15 am
Open Talk
Neuroscience for Empowered Educators
Stephanie Frank
In this talk, we’ll explore what “lights up” the human brain in ways that can help unleash each person’s unique and unrepeatable form of genius, and what shuts it down. We’ll also learn about how educators and innovators can use neuroscience to ignite deeper learning and compassionate curiosity, both within themselves and those they lead.

10:25-11:40 am
Session #1 Restorative Justice practices in schools and community
Sandra Sosa, Alternatives, Inc.
Brian Peterson, Dundee-Crown HS, Carpentersville, IL
Ricardo Miranda, BUILD, Inc.
The workshop will provide insight on how Restorative Justice practices are implemented in different settings in schools and communities. Sandra Sosa supervises a team of RJ coordinators that help CPS schools implement practices. Brian Peterson is a former assistant principal and a current high school dean of students who has implemented a school-wide RJ culture in schools as an administrator. Ricardo Miranda is the manager of arts academy programs at BUILD, Inc and engages in RJ practices with youth outside of school.

Session #2 Black and Brown and Masculinity: Moving Beyond Misogyny, Homophobia and Violence
Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan, President, Logan Consulting Services, LLC
In this interactive workshop, we will explore the intersection of racial and gender identity development in black and brown males. We will discuss and share stories of how these identities are impacted by and contribute to misogyny, homophobia, and violence. This session provides parents, teachers, and anyone involved in the life of young males, with keys and strategies for raising boys to men.

Session #3 The Role of African and African Diasporan Culture in Liberatory Education
Kamau Rashid, Ph.D., Indigo Nation Homeschool Association, At Seba Khemenu, and National-Louis University
This presentation will explore the potential utility of African and African Diasporan culture within the vein of social justice education. It will explicate approaches utilized by the presenter and others in working with pre-Kindergarten to secondary learners utilizing movement (Capoeira), reflection/meditation (Yoruba deep thought), cultural narratives (Bakongo conceptions of time), applied knowledge (urban gardening/farming), and so forth in an attempt to craft a holistic approach to education. Lastly, the presenter will explicate the role of culturally-grounded education in the on-going decolonization process.

Session #4 Introduction to Trauma in School-settings
Dr. Angela Sedeño, The Kedzie Center
The workshop will address how to identify trauma and trauma triggers and how to create support and safety plans to manage students’ symptoms in the classroom.

Session #5 Urban Agriculture – Making the Most with What you Have
Harold Chapman
Description: Growing food in urban settings is often about making the most with what you have. In this workshop participants will learn basic principles to composting. Diverting food waste that could otherwise be turned into soil for growing healthy food is not only green, it is relatively simple. In addition, attendees will participate in a hands-on activity focused on window-sill growing

Session #6 Living Warriorship through time: A decolonizing tool for people of color accessing anger in response to oppression, marginalization, and disenfranchisement.
Irene Juaniza
In the face of injustice, some activists draw upon anger to take action, while for others the anger becomes rage, fatigue, stress, isolation, depression, or even grief. This session explores our individual experience with anger and offers an introductory tool for activists interested in living a healthy, sustainable relationship with anger. By situating individual “healing” in a political context, the session centers an indigenous principle to provide a tool for mindful practice. In order to support a productive space for all participants, this session will be capped at 13 people. NOTE: Participants should be comfortable meditating for 20 minutes to best utilize this session.

Session #7 Feeding Freedom: The Impact of Nutrition and Mindfulness on Trauma Support, Violence Prevention, and Holistic Community Change
Troy Whithers
This workshop will showcase the research guiding the Peace Diet Program. The Peace Diet Program provides a comprehensive “bio-social” defense and remedy to generational traumatic assault by applying an innovative understanding of the molecular basis of the effects of food on cognition in order to manipulate diet in order to increase the resistance of neurons to insults and promote mental fitness.


Lunch Student Panel-
Themes: Organizing/Strategy, Navigating Trauma, How adults work in solidarity and support with youth

Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy Students, Pilsen
Village Keepers, Blocks Together, West Humboldt Park
Roosevelt High School students, Albany Park

1:30- 2:45
Session #1
Examining the impact of trauma among immigrants and refugees: Lessons for educators, health providers and communities. – Trauma social workers
Aimee Hilado,Ph.D.,LCSW, Northeastern Illinois University, RefugeeOne
This presentation will provide an overview of trauma concepts as it relates to immigrants and refugees, with particular attention to the negative impact the current Administration’s policies and Executive Order has had on these populations. There will be a discussion on how trauma can impact both physical and mental health, and how trauma symptoms can be recognized among students we may encounter in university/school settings, individuals and families in health settings, and within the larger community. Action steps and resources will be provided to participants.

Session #2
Discovering your narrative to change life
Lily Be, The Stoop
Why owning our narratives is important to changing our lives and the lives of others. How storytelling saved and ultimately saved my life and has allowed me to save and change the lives of others.

Session #3
Emergency first responder skills for shooting victims
Ujimaa Medics
UMedics is a Black health collective of community organizers, health workers, healers, parents and students. We offer trainings in urban emergency first response, primarily to people who live where shootings often occur. We train on how to maneuver to protect yourself, how to help the injured, manage chaos, what to do when the police and paramedics arrive, how to communicate with the victim, and witnesses to reduce harm from emotional trauma.

Session #4 Working on Womanhood (WOW) Counseling
Mildred Garcia, Youth Guidance
The WOW program is a multi-faceted year-long group counseling, school based program that works to improve the social emotional and behavioral competencies for 7th to 12th grade girls with exposure to traumatic stressors and/or with emotion regulation challenges. This workshop will follow the WOW group counseling structure with the intention of walking you through the process that WOW girls experience. We will discuss the WOW target population and why there is a need for the program.

Session #5 Using Hip-Hop to Discuss Mental Health and Masculinity
Dr. Obari Cartman
This workshop will use hip-hop to discuss the values, roles, expectation, struggles and opportunities of manhood from a mental health and African-centered perspective. We will watch, listen to and read popular hip-hop songs and interrogate the messages they promote about masculinity, identity and success. Workshop participants will be asked to engage with the music as critical consumers, instead passive recipients, to increase their ability to comprehend concepts embedded in the images and lyrics.

Session #6 Democratizing Tax Increment Financing Funds Through Participatory Budgeting.
Carolina Gaete and Cecile Carroll, Blocks Together
Workshop participants will gain knowledge on TIF and Participatory Budgeting. Participants will gain Popular Education tools utilized to gain community knowledge and best practices when organizing in under resources marginalized communities. Participants will learn from Blocks Together experience in organizing to ensure direct benefit from Chicago/Central Park TIF. Lessons Learned, Best Practices and Reflection from BT members.

Session #7 Islam for Educators
Imran Ikram,Islamic Food & Nutrition Council of America
In an increasingly diverse classroom, most teachers in an urban setting will have Muslim students. As Islam has become increasingly visible in recent years, it is essential that educators develop fundamental knowledge of the religion in order to better serve their students. This session seeks to provide educators of all levels with a basic understanding of the history, beliefs, and practices of Muslims. Further, this talk educates teachers and administrators on the needs of their Muslim students, providing examples of reasonable accommodations for their religious needs in a classroom environment.



April 1, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Theodore Roosevelt High School
3436 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60625 US
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