Restore & Connect Writing Retreats

Rethinking Schools invites you to apply for our Summer 2024  In-person Restore & Connect Writing Retreats in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Portland, Oregon.

The Restore & Connect Writing Retreats will serve as a respite for educators of color committed to social justice teaching in K-12 classrooms. Teachers will write poetry and narratives about social justice school/teaching life, articles about theory and practice grounded in classroom lessons, and/or opinion pieces about issues in the teaching of writing or education. Participants will be guided through a joy-filled, creative process that allows them to hone their writing craft, build community with other educators, and engage with writing as a tool for political education. We’re particularly looking for educators interested in writing stories related to school safety, teaching Reconstruction, arts education, education policy, and disability justice, but are also open to other topics. 

Each accepted participant will receive a $250 stipend and a Rethinking Schools magazine subscription or book of their choice. 

Workshops will take place on the following dates:

  • July 16-18 (Portland, OR)
  • July 19-21 (Washington, D.C.)
  • July 26-28 (Chicago, IL)

Apply here.

Applications are due by May 20, 2024. All applicants will be notified by the end of May. 

For questions, please email Cierra Kaler-Jones at 

The Restore & Connect Writing Retreats are funded by Public Welfare Foundation, co-sponsored by Oregon Episcopal School, and in partnership with Teaching for Change and Haymarket House.