The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Summer Institute

July 17-21, 2017 | 10am – 2pm | Thurgood Marshall Center | 1816 12th St NW | Washington, D.C. Registration is now closed. Teaching for Change has developed a highly successful approach to family engagement which successfully addresses the limitations of a one-size fits all approach. Tellin’ Stories has been recognized by the Harvard Family […]

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Parent Perspective: A Principal’s Support for Immigrant Families

Flor Santos* is a regular at the monthly Parent-Principal Chit Chat at her son’s school, Thomson Elementary (DCPS), but this time was especially important. When she stopped by the parent center the previous week, she heard that Principal Carmen Shepherd was going to address parent concerns related to rising anti-immigrant sentiments, ICE raids, and what […]

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Communities for Just Schools Fund

We are pleased to announce that Teaching for Change has received a two-year grant from the Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF), a donor collaborative that supports community-led organizations working to ensure healthy school climates. Teaching for Change and Critical Exposure are the two DC grantees for CJSF’s place-based initiative. We will use our funding to […]

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2017 Food Justice Youth Summit

Yuckity, Yuck. Would you eat our school lunch? Do you wonder how far food travels to get to your plate? How can we convert a food desert into a thriving oasis? How does the food we throw away impact the environment? Tired of youth voices being ignored? These are some of the questions and issues […]

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Arkansas’ Howard Zinn Witch-hunt Fizzles

April 4, 2017 By Bill Bigelow Last week nearly 700 Arkansas teachers and school librarians received copies of books by Howard Zinn—thanks to a right wing state representative. Well, not exactly. But here’s the story. Recently, Republican Kim Hendren introduced legislation that would prohibit teachers in all public schools or state-supported charter schools from including […]

Protecting DC’s Immigrant Students

This blog post is by Valerie Jablow, a DCPS parent who originally posted it on her website educationdc.net, a blog “by, for, and about everyone interested in public education in DC.” The photos are from the day-to-day work of Teaching for Change in schools in the D.C. metro area. So, this is happening now, at DC’s […]

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D.C. Teacher Published in Rethinking Schools

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Royse, a teacher from our Stories from Our Classrooms social justice writing course, had her article published in the spring 2017 edition of the Rethinking Schools journal. The article, “‘I See Birds Everywhere I Go’: Engaging urban students in the natural world” begins as follows: I grew up in […]

Teaching for Change Offers Black History Month Briefing on the Hill

At the invitation of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Teaching for Change offered a briefing for Congressional staff on teaching the grassroots history of the Civil Rights Movement, beyond the traditional narrative. It was a Black History Month event, held in the Cannon House Office Building on February 28, 2017. The invitation noted, Julian Bond described […]

Sanctuary Schools Resolution in D.C.

**UPDATE on March 7, 2017**  The Deputy Mayor for Education responded to our proposal for sanctuary schools in D.C. Teaching for Change staff and our allies agreed the response was inadequate. We acknowledged the response and will continue to discuss next steps with immigrant-led groups, students, educators, families, and advocates for sanctuary policies across the District. […]

D.C. Students Stand with Standing Rock

This month, high school U.S. history teacher Bill Stevens taught his students at the SEED Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. about the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. To introduce this history, he used the “Standing With Standing Rock” […]

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