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BAWP Film & Workshop Series: 13th by Ava DuVernay

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Please join us for our first annual BAWP Film Series. 13thheader

Friday, April 21, 2017
Doors open: 6:00 pm
Movie begins: 6:30 pm
FREE viewing of 13th

Film to be followed by discussion with Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, organizer with Black Lives Matter, and interviewee from the film 13th.

Movie viewing location: Ellen Driscoll Playhouse (325 Highland Ave. Piedmont)
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops


April, April 22, 2017
$30.00 Teacher Workshops

Register —> PD Workshops 

This workshop event will feature your choice of one workshop each session.

This workshop event will focus on engaging the community at large, including teachers and students, in critical civic issues with the purpose of building understanding, advocacy, and action. Framed around the movie 13th (a documentary on Netflix), our teacher workshops will explore the 13th amendment and related issues raised in the film.

We will also be offering FREE community workshops for our non-educator friends and the community at large.

Session 1:

In Conversation with the Constitution
Even in elementary school students grapple with a foundational understanding of the constitution. They wonder about current affairs and basic human rights. We will think about lesson design that helps students understand the power of their voice in shaping democracy. Applying critical reading scaffolds to complex text, visuals, and media, we will bring students into conversation the with constitution and its amendments. We will also explore ways to support students to make sense of complex ideas and to engage in dialogue with one another.

As the Co-Director of BAWP, Aija Simmons spends her time coaching teachers, facilitating the Weekend Workshop and Saturday Seminar Series and creating the Invitational Summer Institute in the Teaching of Writing. She has been teaching in urban public schools for 15 years. She also facilitates teacher inquiry groups through the Mills Teacher Scholars program. Aija enjoys creative writing and blogging in her down time.

“Say, Mean, Matter”: Critical Literacy for Critical Consciousness
Too often, we employ strategies like “Say, Mean, Matter” that lead our students to surface-level analyses of texts when we know they are capable of much deeper interpretations.  What would their interpretations look like if we were to explicitly teach young people theoretical frameworks and how to apply them? This session will focus on a reading and analysis strategy adapted from Dr. Patrick Camangian’s 5 Levels of Analysis (2013) that does just that.  Through this framework, students are able to grapple with the more complex meanings within a text, the subtext, and ultimately, apply their analyses to their own lives in order to build not only academic literacy, but literacy for liberation.

Karen Salazar is in her 11th year of teaching English, but has also taught Humanities and Sociology.  Before teaching at ARISE High School in Oakland, she taught in South Central LA and Watts, in both district schools and charters.

Real Rap: A Letter Writing Campaign for Contextualized Conversations
In this workshop, participants will explore how to broaden students’ understanding of time and place by rooting the struggles of today in the injustices of the past. The workshop will present how to create spaces for dialogue and discussion of complex texts and nuanced ideas, leading to a series of letters, which culminate in calls of action for social justice, focused on solution, not complaint, in an effort to advance America’s culture and redefine its’ social fabric. Participants will engage with traditional texts by Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Dudley Randall, James Baldwin, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, as well as non-traditional texts by hip hop artist Common, including excerpts from his short film Black America, Again (directed by Ava DuVernay), and his song from 13th’s soundtrack, “Letter to the Free.”

Mark Ali is a high school teacher in Hayward Unified School District in his 18th year in education, teaching English Language Arts, and is a published writer in both poetry and prose, currently working on a novel, A New Kind of Fool.

Session 2:

Getting the bigger picture: possibilities and perils of fiction and film in teaching
This workshop will investigate the purpose of narratives in teaching. We will begin by considering some main points in the research about pedagogy and affect, as well as issues of the aesthetic. We will connect this understanding to practical examples of the dilemma of bringing in provocative texts, such as the documentary 13th, into the classroom. We will investigate how (and if) it is possible to successfully balance between provocation, reaction and aversion. To the end the workshop we will consider the fundamental question: How can educators use the emotional effect of fiction and film to support deep learning without creating resistance towards the content?

Dr. Linn Areskoug is a teacher educator and researcher in literature at Uppsala University in Sweden. She teaches courses at the university about comparative literature, children’s literature, critical literacy studies and diversity in education. Areskoug’s current research is focused on the pedagogical uses of literature and film in teaching and the relationship between aesthetics and ethics in fiction.

13th: A Teaching Tool for Constructing Historical Analyses and Creating New Meaning
This workshop will use Ava Duvernay’s documentary 13th as a compelling visual and written text that can help participants think about mass incarceration over time.  Participants will be led through several activities that examine how mass incarceration results from, and fuels, racist rhetoric and policy that criminalizes black, brown and poor bodies.  Participants will treat the film like an essay, for which they must identify key elements: thesis, evidence, counter-argument, examples of ethos, pathos, logos.  They will deconstruct film segments and related readings to craft their own mini-historical analysis writing on subtopics, including detention centers, the link between poverty and imprisonment, policing, and the war on drugs.  Finally, they will produce an creative, alternative text (poetry, song, visual art) as a response piece – a work of resistance, informed by an element of their historical analysis.

Hillary Walker has been teaching Social Studies and English for the past eleven years.  She currently teaches U.S. and AP U.S. History, and is the History Department Chair at REALM High School.  She is a Program Associate with Mills Teacher Scholars and a BAWP Teacher Consultant.

Keeping Track of the Narrative: Technology’s Role in Our Understandings of Government Action
In this age of clickbait headlines and news soundbytes, our understandings of current issues are shaped by snippets of carefully tailored, powerful language and images that rapidly multiply on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  The documentary 13th illustrates how United States local and federal officials have, and continue to, create storylines, or narratives, to justify policy and governmental action.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss the concept of “the master narrative” and “counter narratives,” and examine the role that social media and other platforms play in reinforcing or countering the master narrative.  We will use strategies that can immediately be applied to your classrooms to engage students in a similar conversation.

Ari Dolid is an Instructional Coach in the San Leandro Unified School District, focusing on English Language Arts and strategic integration of technology in grades 6-12.  Previously, he taught English Language Arts for 14 years, and is a co-founder of The Social Justice Academy at San Leandro High School, a small school program dedicated to empowering youth to become agents of change in their communities on personal, cultural and institutional levels.  Ari is also a proud member of the Bay Area Writing Project, currently serving as the Technology Coordinator.  He has presented workshops for Teachers 4 Social Justice, the Bay Area & California Writing Projects, and the 4T Conference for Digital Writing. Ari received his BA in Psychology from Columbia University, and his MA in the Teaching of English from Columbia University Teachers College.  Twitter: @aridolid

Workshop location: UC Berkeley, Tolman Hall Education Library (2nd Floor)
Directional signs will be posted the day of the workshops

Free street parking on Arch, LeConte and Spruce
Campus (Fee) parking options (Recommended: Lower Hearst parking structure)


Check-in and Coffee: 8:30 am
Opening Remarks: 9:00 am
Session 1: 9:20 am – 10:50 am
Session 2: 11:00 am – 12:30 pmlogosmovie