"Trash Life" Film Premier Wrap-up!

On March 28, 2018 over 90 students, parents, educators, artists and community advocates gathered at Cinema Detroit to celebrate the premier of "Trash Life," a PIE student film about the path and impact of trash in our communities. The film was created by a Boggs School class of first and second graders (The Painted Turtles), their teacher Kelly Rickert and teaching artist Matt Daher, with support from researcher Ever Bussey.

Thanks to everyone who attended  the premier of “Trash Life” and helped to make it such a success! Over 90 students, parents, educators, community advocates, artists, and other education enthusiasts came together to celebrate the film.

And a big thanks to our partners the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, teaching artist Matt Daher and classroom teacher Kelly Rickert who guided The amazing Painted Turtles through the project, Cinema Detroit for hosting us and our donors who made the event possible.

If you couldn't make it to the premier, you can find “Trash Life” in full length here. Also, check out the carousel below to see select pictures from the event.

If you’d like to continue the conversation about the cycle of waste in communities -- or about humanizing schooling in general-- contact us with your thoughts and ideas. You can also Donate to PIE to support future student media projects! And do follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter-- we’d love to keep in touch!

“Trash Life” A PIE Student Film Release: March 28th at Cinema Detroit

Out of sight, out of mind, but not gone forever-- once it leaves our fingertips, how does trash resurface in our lives? Join us at Cinema Detroit on Wednesday March 28th at 5:30pm for the release of "Trash Life," a film by The James and Grace Lee Boggs School students and PIE about where our trash goes.

The screening will include a Q & A with the students and light refreshments. See you there!

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Learning Liberation Track

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Creating empowered, humanizing classrooms

How can schools, classrooms, and other spaces of learning become sites for justice and liberation? When and how should we encourage young people to break rules? When and how should teachers make trouble? We will share practices, principles, and resources that empower young people and educators to teach to and for their human being.

Connections will be made locally and nationally on humanizing and creative ways to educate for liberation. Participants will walk away with spirit and drive to create transformative educational spaces of teaching with a network to lean on for support, resources, and organizing.

Coordinators of this track are Nate Mullen, Thomas Nikundiwe, Ammerah Saidi, and Matt Homrich-Knieling.


Educators - join us in the pressing work of educational justice!

We are seeking proposals for panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and facilitated discussions that explore the ways in which we can teach for justice, liberation, and healing. Whether you’re a teacher, youth organizer, administrator, student, or activist engaged in educational justice, we are looking for presenters to collaboratively engage in this work by sharing your stories, your experiences and your skills, your successes and your challenges. Together, we can transform education to become a space to create and practice freedom!

Specifically, we’re looking for sessions that:

  1. Offer examples of humanizing and liberatory pedagogies and practices:
  • Share ideas, successes & challenges, and lessons from both inside and outside of schools
  • Bring the arts, movement, and media to the work of education for freedom
  • Explore the lessons offered by culturally-sustaining, radical, and public pedagogies

  2. Position students and young people as leaders and activists:

  • Share examples, models, and stories of youth organizing and student-led campaigns
  • Explore activist and community organizing pedagogies

  3. Make space for building a local collective of social justice educators and creating connections with national networks:

  • Share, uplift, and honor the work of Detroit students, educators, parents, and community members
  • Propose a space designed to spark meaningful relationships among different constituents (youth, educators, organizers, media-makers) to further the work of education for freedom
  • Gather an assembly of different constituents interested in a particular enactment of education for freedom (i.e. ethnic studies; social justice art-making; dance as liberation)

We see this track as building on the transformative educational justice work that is already happening inside and outside of classrooms, while also creating space for new possibilities, strategies, and collaborative networks.

If you have questions or want to discuss ideas for a proposal with the coordinating team, please contact us at matthewknieling@gmail.com.

Grow through Relationships


Happy New Year!

I am not one for predictions, but I am one for setting goals and intentions. My intentions for People In Education in 2018 is to grow through relationships, to deepen our existing connections, and to work towards developing new relationships. In my head, I’m dubbing this intention “Operation PIE Pals.”

In 2017, we did so much with our PIE pals. We rebranded as People In Education with help from our design pals at The Work Department. We made our way to Baltimore to present and learn at Free Minds Free People and connect with the Education for Liberation network. We made new friends in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon’s CreateLab (even gave a little talk at their conference Context -- you can watch the video HERE). We traveled to Vermont at the invitation of our long time supporters The Bay and Paul Foundations and gained many new connections who are also doing great work in arts and education. We did all this work with the support of Allied Media Projects. As always, we continued to work with the most amazing collection of Detroit educators, artists and young people to produce amazing media!

In 2018, we want to make our commitment to growing relationships our explicit goal because the shift from Detroit Future Schools to People In Education isn’t just a change in our name, it is a purposeful declaration of our commitment to change that happens through people.

 We are also growing our staff! We’re seeking a Communications and Fundraising Assistant. Know a person who would be good? Pass along the call.

If you are interested in connecting with PIE please drop us a line, I am so excited to grow and expand our network of “PIE pals.”

Here's to 2018, a year of growing through relationships!
Director, People In Education

People In Education is hiring a Communications & Fundraising Assistant


People In Education is seeking a full-time Communications & Fundraising Assistant to provide support with the organization’s communications of public outreach, fundraising, and social media, as well as general organizational support.

About the Position:

This position is full time and based in Detroit, Michigan. The deadline to apply is Feb 19th at Midnight EST. The target start date for this position is March 19th 2018.

Working at PIE is fun, dynamic, and challenging. PIE is a growing, grassroots project that is continually evolving and we are seeking candidates who are passionate about their work and excited to contribute. We offer a good salary and generous benefits.

The Communications and Fundraising Assistant provides support with PIE’s public communications, fundraising, and general operations support.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Director to develop PIE’s communication strategy.

  • Work with the Director to create PIE’s external communications materials, including email newsletters, promotional materials, and press releases.

  • Develop PIE’s social media and web presence.

  • Work with program leads on media project launches.

  • Coordinate communications for various external requests including talks, trainings, and exhibitions.

  • Assist the Director in the writing of grant proposals and reports as well as general funder correspondence.

  • Assist with the development of individual donor appeal campaign communications, including solicitations, acknowledgements, and donor correspondence.

  • Provide general administrative and organizational support as needed (i.e. calendar management)

We are a small team looking to grow our administrative capacities, in this position you’ll work closely with PIE Director Nate Mullen to help to share our ideas of humanizing schooling.

What We’re Looking For

We are seeking a candidate with an experience in program communications and arts administration, and/or fund development with a strong commitment to social justice. This person is self-directed, extremely detail-oriented, and able to work in a collaborative environment with a broad range of partners. Candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate has experience with basic backend web management and must be familiar with social media platform management and basic web applications. An interest in design, visual culture, and experience with Adobe Creative Suite software are pluses.

While this is an entry level position, we are looking for someone interested in developing both their own skills and PIE’s communications capacity.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following to work@alliedmedia.org with your name and “PIE Communications & Fundraising Assistant” in the subject line by FEB 19th:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Short writing sample (2-5 pages) that demonstrates your ability to distill complex issues

  • Three professional references including names, emails, and telephone numbers.

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ, and disabled candidates to apply.

Allied Media Projects is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status or marital status.