Bookstore Highlights 2014

Here are some highlights from the year 2014 at Teaching for Change’s indie bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14th&V). Next year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the bookstore and the 25th anniversary of Teaching for Change. In the last five years, only 10% of children’s books published were about people of color despite the fact […]

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Teaching for Change in 2014

This has been a year of mourning, resistance, and hope. We mourned for the lives of so many people of color killed by the police with impunity. And we were inspired by the resistance that started in #Ferguson and has become a national #BlackLivesMatter movement. One teacher’s tweet summarizes best how we feel about the year […]

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Black History 360 at the Schomburg Center

Teaching for Change presented in July of 2014 for the second year in a row at the Black History 360: Schomburg Summer Education Institute. Thanks to our summer intern, Sarah Slichter, here is a report on the first afternoon of the week-long institute and the day of the Teaching for Change workshop on Freedom Schools and the […]

On the Second Front of the BlackLivesMatter Movement

By Ayo Magwood I like to think of myself as a socially and racially conscious African-American, and as a social justice teacher. Yet I haven’t been to a single #BlackLivesMatter protest: not a single march, demonstration, or “die-in.” And this is in spite of the fact that my parents met at very similar protests during […]

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Indies First on Small Business Saturday

For the 2014 holiday season, bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician-author Amanda Palmer called upon their fellow authors to get behind Indies First at independent bookstores around the country on Saturday, November 29. Authors Derrick Weston Brown, Todd Miller, Phyllis Bennis, and Zetta Elliot (in photos above) are among the hundreds of authors who support #IndiesFirst at the Teaching for Change Bookstore. And […]

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Central America Workshop in Mt. Rainier

On Saturday, teachers, parents, and other community members in Mount Rainier, Maryland stepped into the shoes of key people in Central American history and literature. This pre-viewing activity was for a community screening of the film Harvest of Empire, led by Teaching for Change curriculum specialist Julian Hipkins III at Joe’s Movement Emporium. The film […]

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Board Member Annual House Party Raises Friends and Funds

When Kate Tindle first joined the Teaching for Change board in 2000, there was no doubt that her experience in education would be very helpful for planning and organizational governance. But she was not so sure about the fundraising duties of board members. “Most of my family and friends are educators, too. None of us […]

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Yale Law School Merit Awards a “Travesty of the Highest Order”

“It is a travesty of the highest order to honor as ‘meritorious’ those who openly and notoriously trample the Constitution,” said Yale Law School alum Timothy L. Jenkins (’64) in response to Yale’s Award of Merit for Clarence Thomas (’74) and Samuel A. Alito Jr. (’75). A veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and Teaching for Change board member, Jenkins […]

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Hurston/Wright Foundation 13th Annual Legacy Award Winners

The Hurston/Wright Foundation has announced the winners for the 2014 Legacy Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the 13th annual Legacy Award Ceremony. The Legacy Awards have recognized literary and arts achievement in the black diaspora for almost a quarter century. The award winners are listed below. We also recommend reviewing the list of all […]

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Victory in Ward 8: Orr Parents Organize for New Building and New Leadership

Laila Patrick held her breath in anticipation, waiting to hear her name called as her two children played on the floor nearby. Ms. Patrick sat with her muscles tensed, at the edge of her seat, with her mother supportively sitting in the chair beside her. “She’s talking about me!” Ms. Patrick whispered to her mother […]

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