THE POPULAR EDUCATION NEWS
Connecting popular and community-based educators and activists to resources for improving educational work in social movements against oppression and for democracy, sustainability, social justice, and peace.

A monthly newsletter about popular education/community organizing resources for facilitators and practitioners: Many of the materials reviewed or listed in the newsletter are part of the collection in the Penny Lernoux Memorial Library at the Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406. You can contribute to future issues by sending suggestions, notices of materials and short reviews or subscribe by sending your email address to lolds@popednews.org.

NO. 42 - October -November 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: Note From the Publisher

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER
2. A SPECIAL EFFORT TO GATHER POPULAR EDUCATORS AT THE PTO CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS MAY 31 - JUNE 3, 2007
3. INFO ON BOOKS
4. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
5. NOTICE ON WORLD ASSEMBLY
6. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
7. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
8. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
9. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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1. NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER

In October, for the first time since its inception nearly four years ago, no issue of The Popular Education News was published. I have therefore labeled this issue October-November to make up the gap. I want to share a few reflections on the reasons for the lapse.

The first problem was that I didn't have any new materials to highlight, and no reservoir of reviews of publications that I had mentioned earlier but did not actually review. But beyond this shortage of new materials, I have been mulling over whether or not to continue the publication. A number of seed ideas for future content for the newsletter that I have put out in past issues have fallen on seemingly barren ground. Also I was discouraged that a couple people who agreed to write reviews did not do so. In addition my passions to continue to build the physical collection of the materials at the Resource Center of the Americas here in Minneapolis, and attention to keeping up with the database for the materials online, have waned. I didn't even get the last issue onto the web. And as I move deeper into the years since retirement from my job as a classroom practitioner at the end of the last millennium, I get further and further from the actual work and feel the staleness in the experience about which I can write or talk.

I was mulling these issues over in my mind, waiting I think, for a moment of inspiration to override them. But other things were on my mind too. Instead of staying home and getting out the newsletter in late September I began a road trip to Oregon to visit one of my sons and his family in their new home in Portland. I had planned to begin the trip in early August but a family tragedy delayed it. In September my youngest brother died from injuries in a fire in his home in St. Paul after a month of hospitalization. The relatively small area of burns to his body had healed well but his lungs were not able to recover from the damage from smoke inhalation, nor his body from the infection he probably contracted in the hospital. Since he was sedated and unconscious with a breathing tube in his lungs during his time in the hospital, he was never able to tell us what happened the night of the fire, help us understand whether it was started deliberately or through negligence, and why he didn't just get out and save himself. It has been a slow process coming to grips with the loss. Preparing slideshows about his life for his memorial celebration was a help in the process.

After my return from the west coast through those stunningly beautiful "big sky" areas of eastern Montana and western North Dakota, I might have put out the newsletter issue late, but was swept up in preparing for and hosting the new Midwest Popular Education Network's weekend gathering of about a dozen people in my home. It was an enjoyable weekend socially but I found our inability to decide what is next for the network to be depressing. I set the work aside for November. What next for the network, what next for the newsletter, and what next for me, I ask?

Well, there is the PTO conference in Minneapolis, for one thing (see below), and another set of resources that I mention below that are worth exploring. With the December issue of the newsletter devoted as in the past to a summary list of the materials found during the year - an easy issue to do - the new year will be upon us and will be a time of decisions for the fifth year of The Popular Education News.. Larry Olds, Publisher

2. A SPECIAL EFFORT TO GATHER POPULAR EDUCATORS AT THE PTO CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS MAY 31 - JUNE 3, 2007

We are making a special effort with the support of the conference planning group to encourage popular educators to gather at next years annual Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference to be held in Minneapolis May 31 - June 3, 2007. Come together, share what you do, learn from others, and join us in celebration. Current plans are for two half-day pre-conferences on Thursday, May 31, a morning introductory session on Pedagogy of the Oppressed and an afternoon session, A Popular Educator Practitioner Workshop. (There are several pre- and post-conference Theater of the Oppressed options featuring Augusto Boal as well.)

We are also working with the conference planners to increase the opportunities for participant dialogue, and to help move the conference beyond the familiar "talking heads" formats.

In future issues, this newsletter will report on the plans for the conference as they develop.

For information and the call for proposals see http://www.ptoweb.org/

3. INFO ON BOOKS
The information on the books comes from the publisher's promotional materials.

Grass Roots Biographies: The Activist Series by Terry Barber. Grass Roots Press, 2006.

This latest series from the Grass Roots Press is set of high-interest, low-vocabulary biographies consisting ten titles designed for beginning readers. On each page spread, the reader is presented with a captivating photograph or illustration that supports the text. These readers portray the lives of ten fascinating people who served to make the world a better place: Cesar Chavez, The Famous Five, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Louis Riel, Mother Teresa, David Suzuki.

Each book

. provides an historical context, which enhances the student's knowledge of the past.
. uses familiar language, which enables students to use context cues to predict words.
. uses photographs to illustrate the text, making the words easier to decode.
. repeats sentence patterns, making the text easier to read.
. provides discussion questions that encourage critical thinking.

Check them out at http://www.literacyservices.com/EASYREAD.HTM

4. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

chris cavanagh www.comeuppance.blogspot.com. (Please send others that you know.)

5. NOTICE ON WORLD ASSEMBLY

Registration is open for the World Assembly of Adult Education January 17-19, 2007 - ADULTS' RIGHT TO LEARN: CONVERGENCE, SOLIDARITY AND ACTION, International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) PanAfric Hotel, Nairibi, Kenya. http://www.icae.org.uy/ For info in No America contact bobhill@uga.edu

6. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS

2007 WORLD SOCIAL FORUM (WSF)

2007 World Social Forum will take place in Nairobi in January (www.forosocialmundial.org.ve).

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)

The (USSF) Planning Committee recently announced that the USSF will be held in Atlanta June 27 - July 1, 2007. For Information see www.ussocialforum.org or contact United States Social Forum, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Tel: 505-247-8832

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD

For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

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7. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

Jan 15-16, 2007 The Pan African Association For Literacy And Adult Education Assembly, PanAfric Hotel, Nairibi, Kenya. For info: anafa@sentoo.sn

January 17-19, 2007 (Before the World Social Forum) 7th World Assembly of Adult Education, International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) PanAfric Hotel, Nairibi, Kenya. For info in No Amer bobhill@uga.edu, or watch http://www.icae.org.uy/

March 9-10, 2007 4th Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy: Threads of Experience - Creative Spaces for Women's Learning Northeastern University, Boston. A Call for Presenters is out with a deadline Dec 1. For info http://www.litwomen.org/conference.html

April 20-22, 2007 Fourth International Conference of the Popular Education Network, Maynooth Campus of the National University of Ireland For info jim.crowther@ed.ac.uk

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8. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
(*those with online bookstores)

*Catalyst Centre
*Highlander Center
*Institute for Peoples'Education and Action (IPEA)
*Resource Center of the Americas
*Growing Communities for Peace
Kotare
Project South
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research
Pop Ed Links Directory
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network
Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology Sydney
The Change Agency

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9. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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You change your steps according to the change in the rhythm of the drum - Ewe Proverb
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