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An Evening with Dr. Yong Zhao

Zhao_photoPlease join us for an evening with Dr. Yong Zhao, distinguished author and lecturer, as we listen, discuss, and work on creating a positive vision for public education in Oregon.

Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, is the author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization. His book raises interesting and provocative questions about the current direction of educational policies in the U.S. What does it take to be competitive in the 21st century? How do we define a high quality education?   What defines success? What role do teachers, parents, students, and community members play in the process of shaping this future?  How do we create a just and equitable educational system?

We encourage all those passionate about the direction of public education in Oregon to attend this event and share your voice.

Date:  Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: First Unitarian Church

See Flyer for this event.

Questions?  contact Catherine Carroll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register Here (Free Event):

“Education should move beyond the paradigm of imparting in our children what government or other authorities deem useful. Instead it should work to support every individual student to become successful, help each individual to reach his/her full potential, and encourage all students to pursue their passion and interests.” (Dr. Yong Zhao)

For More information about Dr. Yong Zhao, visit his website at:

Sponsored by the RE and Social Justice Committees, Oregon Save Our Schools, Parents Across America, and Rethinking Schools.


Are Schools Really Failing? With Diane Ravitch

D._RavitchDiane Ravitch, a Research Professor of Education at New York University, education historian, and educational policy analyst, will be presenting a talk, sponsored by the Illahee Lecture Series on
Tuesday, Mar. 20, at 7 p.m. at Lincoln High School. 

Are Schools Really Failing...
or are we looking at education through an out-of-focus lens?
Tickets: $20.

 See the Ravitch Event Flyer. 

 For further information about the lecture, and to purchase tickets, go to:   

This is an excellent opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the Education Reform Movement and how it is impacting Oregon Schools.

First Unitarian Church will host a free reception in her honor, the afternoon of Mar. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., for parents, teachers, and community members that have questions and/or concerns about the direction of public education in Oregon. There will be a Q & A session as well as informal time to speak with Ms. Ravitch. 
This reception is limited to 75 people, so to reserve your spot, go to:  

Questions?  Contact: Catherine Carroll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

An Evening with Dr. Yong Zhao
(see Zhao flyer)
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Location: First Unitarian Church
Date: Thursday, April, 5, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


What Do I Believe? A Retreat for 8th/9th Coming of Agers

8th/9th graders are invited to attend a special showing of a video about a wide spectrum of religious beliefs. We will use this time to talk with mentors, teachers and other youth about religious beliefs and cultural awareness. This program will be vital for completing the credo portion of the Coming of Age program.

"In this award-winning documentary featured on PBS, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Pagan, Native American, and Jewish Teens share their most personal struggles and beliefs about faith, morality, suffering and death, prayer, the purpose of life and the divine. Without a hint of dogma they candidly discuss everything from hormones to heaven, deflate misperceptions and stereotypes at every turn, and make a strong case for a more tolerant America." From the website,

We will also look at similarities and differences between teens, between religions and between beliefs.

I hope everyone will attend this retreat.

When: Saturday, January 14 from 10 am-4pm

Bring: Sack Lunch and a snack to share. Beverages will be provided.


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