IFTJ 2020: Prepare

OCTOBER 19-26

IGNATIAN FAMILY TEACH-IN FOR JUSTICE

Prepare: From Checklists to Best Practices

Important Dates:

September 11, 2020
Breakout session and Ignatian network speaker applications deadline

September 16, 2020
Early registration payment deadline

September 18, 2020
Reflection and roundtable host applications deadline

September 23, 2020
Suggested deadline to submit delegate information to ISN (if you desire access to the platform on September 28)

September 28, 2020
IFTJ platform opens to attendees

October 12, 2020
Suggested deadline to submit delegate information to ISN (to have access to the platform by October 19)

October 19-25, 2020
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Checklist:

IFTJ Planning Checklist

  • Promote, promote, promote! Use the share page to download a flyer, photos, logos, and images you can share with your community.
  • Decide if you want to participate in any of the high school track (Monday-Friday content) or professional development track (Monday-Friday). Once the application opens on September 28, you will be able to sign up for those sessions (included in registration price).
  • If you haven’t already, follow ISN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and enter the IFTJ online conversation using #IFTJ
  • Submit delegates information (name, email address, over 18 status) to ISN by September 23 (for early platform access on September 28) or by October 12 (for access by October 19)
  • Submit an opening prayer photo (if desired) by September 28
  • Submit payment by October 14 to receive early registration rate

Once the platform opens on September 28, you can:

  • Build your ideal #IFTJ schedule.
  • Connect with exhibitors. If you are joining the #IFTJ with a classroom, you can schedule a time for your class to meet with select exhibitors during October 19-23.

IFTJ Planning Checklist

  • Encourage your community to join you! Use the share page to download a flyer, photos, logos, and images you can share with your community.
  • Decide if you want to participate in any of the high school track (Monday-Friday content) or professional development track (Monday-Friday). Once the IFTJ platform opens on September 28, you will be able to sign up for those sessions (included in registration price).
  • If you haven’t already, follow ISN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and enter the IFTJ online conversation using #IFTJ
  • Submit an opening prayer photo (if desired) by September 28
  • Learn more about the speakers, IFTJ history, and the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions.

Once the platform opens on September 28, you can:

    • Build your ideal #IFTJ schedule.
    • Connect with exhibitors.
    • Connect with fellow participants; you’ll receive suggested people to virtually meet based on the interests you noted in your registration form.

Resources:

The History and Legacy of the Salvadoran Martyrs
Each year, Teach-In includes a focus on the UCA martyrs and their companions. Learn more about Salvadoran Civil War and how the martyrs engaged in this historical context. The resource is broken into a backgrounder and additional activities/reflection questions.

Ideas for hosting and recruiting for IFTJ 2020

Help us build the list! Share your ideas

“We will be participating in IFTJ in three different ways at our school: 1) “Core Service Project” Equivalent for Seniors. At our school, each student is required to complete 100 service hours for graduation. Out of those 100, they must do a Core Service Project which includes 40 hours at an agency of the student’s choice that gives them direct engagement with marginalized persons (Ex. Elderly, Veterans, youth with disabilities, folks experiencing homelessness, etc.). About 80 seniors have not done their Core Project. We will be using IFTJ for these students to count towards their Core Project requirement. Seniors will have two options for IFTJ. One is attending during the week of October 19-26, writing a paper, and meeting with me and our Service Office staff to process the experience. The other is watching the 5 high school track sessions on EdPuzzle video that we will create with embedded questions that they are required to answer. The students who select this second option will also be required to meet with our Service Office staff 4 times, create a video that synthesizes their learning from IFTJ with their own research in one of the topic areas (ex. migration, racial justice, environmental justice), and do an advocacy action on their identified area (Ex. Write a letter to your government rep on climate change). 2) We are sending our entire Junior Class to IFTJ as part of their Religious Studies class, Fundamentals of Ethics and Social Justice. Programming TBD here. 3) We are offering IFTJ to our students on our Arrupe Student Council, which is our social justice student council that helps to plan and coordinate justice education efforts in our campus. This is about 15 students.”

St. Ignatius College Prep – San Francisco

“We are opening tickets to students, faculty, staff and alumni to join virtually. We are asking participants to come to 1 pre-session to build community and enthusiasm around the Teach-In.”

“We are marketing via social media, one on one meetings, class announcements, email blasts, and asking past participants to recommend friends. ”

Creighton University

“I teach in the Theology Department for St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Specifically, I teach junior morality and a senior Catholic Social Teaching elective in the fall. We have five sections of the CST class running this fall, and we have received permission to take all five sections to the IFTJ this year. We plan to make the IFTJ part of our curriculum and have included it in our scope & sequence for the fall. Our units this year include 1. Foundations-An Introduction to CST 1B- Sub-Unit on Voting with Your Conscience 2. Poverty 2. Racism and Other Forms of Marginalization 3. Immigration/Migration/Refugees/Asylum Seekers 4. Environment 5. Final Class Solidarity Project. We do have additional activities planned for Unit 2 on Racism and Other forms of Marginalization which we hope to begin or end concurrent with the Virtual IFTJ. We are not sure, yet, if we will attend the sessions live or utilize the recorded sessions at a later date. The sooner we know the specific topics/speakers/format the better we will be able to integrate the IFTJ into our scope & sequence for this class in the fall. I coordinate the senior elective CST level, so I went to my administration to ask if we could sign-up all five sections (about 125 students) plus those who wish to sign-up through Campus Ministry separate from our CST classes. Admin said yes, so we will be signing everyone up this year.”

St. Ignatius High School

“We offer a senior year elective titled ‘Social Action.’ In this course, students attend class twice a week and are required to volunteer a minimum of three hours each week at a local agency. Usually, students must commit to serving with one direct service organization and spend the majority of their volunteer time interacting with those the organization serves. Due to numerous challenges for students to engage in relational service work this year, we are focusing more heavily on advocacy work and having all 40 students registered for the course take part in the Teach-In. The class will engage the high school track sessions throughout the week, and the weekend content will be used throughout the remainder of the semester. We are also encouraging faculty to register for professional development sessions this year. As a relative newcomer to the Teach-In, we hope that wider involvement from faculty this year will help us develop deeper engagement by both faculty and students in future years.”

“Rather than recruit student attendees, we have focused on making the Teach-In a requirement for class. This will require us to cover the full cost of attendees this year. In order to recruit faculty, we are relying on word of mouth and targeting faculty that may have a particular interest in the Teach-In.”

St. John’s Prep

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