Teaching for Change depends on the support of committed individuals to serve as fellows or volunteers throughout the year. In exchange for their time and expertise, we provide fellows and volunteers with the chance to make a meaningful contribution to social justice education, hands-on experience, and opportunities to attend local and national forums on education.
For graduate students, teachers, and professionals:
Special Curriculum Projects
Teaching for Change has developed a number of premiere curriculum resources, educational newsletters, and teaching guides over the years that are archived but still hold relevance for today’s classroom teachers. Volunteers are needed to: review and organize archived lessons and resources; update materials where possible; and prepare lessons and resources for digital distribution. Ideal candidates will be strong writers and have experience with teaching or research in the curriculum area. Currently, we are seeking volunteers for these special curriculum projects:
- Anti-bias, multi-cultural resources for early childhood educators
- Central American history resources
Civil Rights Movement
Teaching for Change has one of the few websites in the country dedicated to the teaching of the Civil Rights Movement, www.civilrightsteaching.org. A volunteer is needed to update the site with news, resources, and interviews with teachers on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. Ideally, the fellow will know Drupal, but if not, a short tutorial on this open source web design program could be offered.
Zinn Education Project
The Zinn Education Project is a groundbreaking effort to promote an understanding of people’s history of the United States in middle and high schools. The project has a website which provide teachers with free field-tested classroom teaching activities, drawing from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and other people’s history books and films. The volunteer will play a central role in national promotion, documenting the project’s impact through direct communication with teachers who are using the lessons in their classrooms, and reviewing new text and film resources to include on the site. We also need help with adding new films and books to the site. This requires reviewing the materials, writing brief descriptions, and posting them online.
Teaching About Haiti
Teaching for Change has developed one of the most comprehensive collection of resources for teaching about Haiti from a social justice perspective. These resources are posted online, Teaching About Haiti, and have been accessed by tens of thousands of educators across the country. We need a volunteer who can update the history of Haiti for middle school readers. There are also new films and books to be reviewed and posted online. The volunteer should be knowledgeable about the history and politics of Haiti and be able to communicate this history in a sophisticated yet reader friendly format.
Tellin’ Stories Project
Help document the impact of our ground-breaking approach to parent engagement called the Tellin’ Stories Project. The volunteer would help collect stories about our work through parent interviews and the review of printed evaluations. They would also take photos to strengthen our communications about our work. These stories and the data can help us assess whether we are meeting our goals and can be used to develop up-to-date reports to post online. The work would be in Washington, D.C. We need a minimum of 1 day a month (ideally more). Background or training in evaluation or communications would be helpful.
Marketing and Outreach to Schools Locally and Nationally
This is an ideal opportunity for graduate students in marketing and/or communications programs to get hands on experience in marketing analysis, developing press releases, marketing plan development, website design and more. Projects include promotion of Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore in D.C., the Zinn Education Project, and specific publications. Past interns have helped in the marketing of new publications, such as Beyond Heroes and Holidays and Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching, to schools locally and nationally. Applicants must have at least one year of formal marketing and/or communications training.
Volunteers are needed to conduct image and text research for upcoming publications and reprints. They are involved in all aspects of this work, including assisting with research, editing, layout and design. Applicants must be graduate level students and ideally have formal training the content area of the respective publication.
Effective Practices Documentation
This is an opportunity to learn about the effective work of teachers locally and nationally. Fellows conduct interviews with teachers by phone or email, and/or conduct site visits. Past volunteers have documented effective equity practices in D.C. schools and have conducted online interviews to document and share creative uses of Teaching for Change’s resources. Applicants must have at least one year of teacher training and be skilled listeners and writers.
- Fellows and volunteers are selected based on their individual interests and backgrounds in conjunction with organizational needs.
- Many positions are ideal for teachers looking for opportunities to support social justice education beyond the classroom walls.
- There is no minimum time requirement. The schedule can be set according to the needs of the intern and the specific assignment.
- As a small organization, we have found students who have completed a Bachelor’s level of education have held the most successful fellowships.
- Most students arrange to receive academic credit and/or financial assistance at their educational institutions for their fellowship period.
If you are interested in a fellowship or volunteering, please email a letter of interest and your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Teaching for Change Experience
See what some past volunteers have said about their experience with Teaching for Change:
|“More than I expected, Teaching for Change provided a supportive, enthusiastic environment with a lot of flexibility in terms of activities. I was surprised and excited by the mixture of field and office experiences, arts and author events, DC trips that I was able to attend as a part of my internship. I was also really impressed by the thoughtfulness of the staff, who do not take any decisions lightly and take every step of their work intentionally and critically. It was an inspiring place to spend the summer.”
–Annie Preston, Truman Scholar, Summer 2013
|“Every single day of my internship at Teaching For Change I was intellectually engaged and interested in the work that I was doing. Last summer I had no idea where I was going, now that I have spent a summer with Teaching for Change, I have a clear vision of what I want to do. I want to be a teacher.”
–Elizabeth Behrens, University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Summer 2013
|“I really loved being able to do all of the school visits and conferences – it was great being able to meet teachers and organizers who were doing progressive work around education and seeing all of the projects at work around the country. Going to conferences also helped me learn how to summarize my work concisely and accurately while making connections for both myself and Teaching for Change. I’ve also gained a lot of new insight into writing succinctly and reading from a different critical lens than I’m used to at college. While I’ve had a lot of experience reading for representation and messaging in works, I haven’t had to think too much about readability or accessibility of a text, or how useful it would be to use in classrooms.”
–Shelly Wen, Swarthmore Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Summer 2013
|“As someone who has interned at poorly functioning nonprofit organizations, it was very beneficial to have the opportunity to observe an organization that runs so smoothly and has a tangible impact. The opportunity to sit in on meetings and attend events was especially useful in this respect.”
–Dominique Hazzard, Truman Scholar, Summer 2012
|“This was one my best internships because of the staff. Everyone was so supportive and I always knew what was going on. I not only learned about intern skills and working at a non-profit organization, but I also learned so much history that it was like a history lesson in itself. I now recognize names and events that I did not know before.”
–Noor Kalkat, GWU Human Services, Spring 2012
|“One of the biggest things I appreciated was the encouragement to explore the city of Washington D.C. I walked away knowing more about the Washington, DC’s history and landmarks, especially in the U-Street Corridor. I also learned so much in the short amount of time about the great successes and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. I walked away feeling that humbling feeling, “The more you learn, the less you know.’”
–Ibrahim Elshamy, Truman Scholar, Summer 2011
|“I appreciated how I was encouraged to attend events outside the office to provide me with new learning opportunities. I also liked that I was allowed to tailor the internship to my personal interests. My supervisor took the time to meet with me one-on-one, at the start of the internship and half-way through, to ensure that I was gaining a worthwhile internship experience.”
|“As an intern with Teaching for Change, the people around me continually deepened my understanding of social justice-based education. While talking with teachers using Teaching for Change’s resources in their classrooms, I got many wonderful ideas about how to engage students and educate for social justice. For anyone interested in learning more about transformative education, Teaching for Change is a perfect place to intern.”
–Robyn Lingo, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“Volunteering with Teaching for Change’s author events at Busboys and Poets bookstore was unlike anything I had anticipated when I took up the opportunity. Their author events aren’t held as talks or lectures, but as forums where community members discuss openly the kinds of social issues they live with every day but rarely are able to acknowledge. I not only became acquainted with the structure of nonprofit programming as a volunteer, I also learned how to meaningfully engage in my work the topics that years of formal education had never fully addressed.”
– Elizabeth Zinar
“In many ways the internship was better than what I expected. I was dreading the sitting-in-a-desk-eight-hours-each-day part. Luckily, I rarely did that! I was pleasantly surprised by the Tellin’ Stories field trips to schools. That was an incredible start to the summer – it provided evidence of the changes Teaching for Change is catalyzing and motivated me for the following weeks. I learned so much! I appreciated having substantial projects that required thought – not just menial tasks. I really appreciated the freedom to attend various events throughout DC. Additionally, I didn’t know too much about how nonprofits worked before and this summer was a great introduction.”
– Kourtney Bettinger, Truman Fellow
“Interning with Teaching for Change gave me substantive experience with a non-profit organization dedicated to progressive education. The internship expanded my understanding of the education field through conferences, meetings, newsletters, organizational networks and research.”
–Lynn Evans, American University
“My internship at Teaching for Change was extremely insightful and very rewarding. I became part of a movement that I had previously only read about: the movement to introduce themes of social justice into educational institutions… Internships are supposed to give interns a chance to do work that they normally wouldn’t be able to do at an entry-level position. Teaching for Change did just this. It gave me an opportunity to do more work at a professional and mature level than I could have ever hoped for.”
–Rishi Awatramani, Vassar College
Previous Fellows, Interns, and Volunteers
Tristan Brosnan (Fall 2013)
Elizabeth Behrens (University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Summer 2013)
Charity Porotesano (Truman Scholar, Summer 2013)
Anne Preston (Truman Scholar, Summer 2013)
Shelly Wen (Swarthmore, Summer 2013)
Dominique Hazzard (Truman Foundation, Summer 2012)
Sarah Neitz (Truman Foundation, Summer 2012)
Bridget Feldman (Bates College, Summer 2012)
Amy Rothschild (Summer 2012)
Noor Kalkat (GWU, Spring 2012)
Sarah Trumble and Victoria Kimmerling (GWU, Spring 2012)
Gabriel Deerman (Queen’s University, Spring 2012)
Ariela Rothstein (Summer 2011)
Chelsea Caveny (Truman Foundation, Summer 2011)
Nadine Foty (Summer 2011)
Michael Remillard (2011)
Lily Brown (George Washington University, Fall, 2010)
Yasmine Taylor-Hart (Teacher volunteer, Summer and Fall, 2010)
Ibrahim Elshamy (Truman Scholar, Summer 2010)
Heather Fluit (Truman Scholar, Summer 2010)
Darlene Germino (General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Young Adult Intern Placement, Summer 2010)
Julie Smolinski (Volunteer, Summer 2010)
Ijeoma Njaka (Brown University, Summer 2010)
Lauren Reed (American University, Fall 2009)
Lauren Elizabeth Mitchell (Vanderbilt, Summer 2009)
Zach Crago (Truman Scholar, Summer 2009)
Jonathan Kim (General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Young Adult Intern Placement, Summer 2009)
Amy Rothschild (Yale, Summer 2009)
Heather Torretta (4th grade teacher volunteer, Summer 2008)
Rachael Debnam (Morehead-Cain Fellowship, Summer 2008)
Ali Lange (Truman Scholar, Summer 2008)
Eagan Heath (Truman Scholar, Summer 2008)
Liz Morasso, (Catholic University, 2007-2008 school year)
Lindsay J. Kopitzke (FCPS, 2007-2009 school year)
Rebecca MacMillan (Cornell, Summer 2007)
Kourtney Bettinger (Truman Scholar, Summer 2007)
Danielle Escontrias (Truman Scholar, Summer 2007)
Bruce Haupt (Truman Scholar, Summer 2007)
Jennifer Magaha O’Looney (George Mason University, Summer 2007)
Kameelah Rasheed (Truman Scholar, Summer 2006)
Victoria Luhrs (Truman Scholar, Summer 2006)
Lauren McAlee (Truman Scholar, Summer 2006)
Stacia Stribling (George Mason University, Spring 2006)
Rebecca Helgerson (George Mason University, Spring 2006)
Tammi Cioffi (George Mason University, Spring 2006)
Patti Longoria (Morehead Fellow, Summer 2005)
Katie Li (Truman Scholar, Summer 2005)
Robyn Lingo (University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Summer 2004)
Megan Wells-Jamieson (Truman Scholar, Summer 2003)
LaTasha Tucker (UMBC, Spring 2003)
Rashida L. Roberts (Georgetown University, 2002-2003)
Luis Valentin (Pilar Barbosa Fellowship, Summer 2002)
Kathleen Suarez Reyes (Pilar Barbosa Fellowship, Summer 2002)
Rachel Lander (Spring 2002)
Rishi Awatramani (Vassar, Summer, 2000)
Amber Young (Amherst, Summer 2000)
Leslie Smith (Antioch, Spring 2000)
Lynn Evans (American University)
Kristina Fiorillo (American University)
Taher K. Manasterli (American University)
Heidi Shin (Wellesley College)
Nyere Miller (Edmund Burke)
Melissa Belli (Summer, 1991)
Maria Pilar Zamora (1990-91)