Filmfest D.C. 2017 in D.C. Classrooms

Teaching for Change partnered with Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festival for a sixth year to spread the word about the international film festival and to bring filmmakers for several films into D.C. classrooms in April. Students gain a lot from viewing the documentaries, preparing questions, and discussing the film with the visitors. (Read about prior […]

Author Zetta Elliott to Middle Schoolers: The World Needs Your Stories

On Friday, February 10, 2017, author Zetta Elliott captivated nearly 100 middle school students at D.C.’s LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (DCPS) with her stories about coming of age, the foster care system, friendship, addiction, mystery, and more. Teaching for Change arranged the visit to LaSalle-Backus, a partner school for the Tellin’ Stories parent organizing project. Elliott’s […]

Teaching for Change and the Smithsonian

In March, Teaching for Change had the honor of presenting workshops in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the Anacostia Community Museum to introduce teachers to major exhibits at both museums. Why Treaties Matter | National Museum of the American Indian | March 18, 2017 The NMAI teacher workshop, “Why Treaties […]

Arkansas Bill Attempts to Ban Books by Zinn in Schools

As reported in the Arkansas Times, pending legislation would prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas “from including in its curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn.” The bill, submitted by Representative Kim Hendren (R), can be read in full here. This is not the first attempt to […]

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Why We Can Be Hopeful

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veteran and chairperson of the SNCC Legacy Project Courtland Cox shared with Teaching for Change why we can be hopeful in these political times. Cox said, “A divided America is a good thing.” Listen to this seven minute video clip to hear why.     Here are more quotes by Cox […]

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Documenting the History of Phenix High School

Teaching for Change is pleased to have helped the George P. Phenix High School Alumni Association create their website, phenixhighstory.org. Our web designer, Mykella Palmer-McCalla, worked with the alumni association to design and build the site. Phenix High School was founded by the Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) to educate Black students in preparation for college. The […]

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Why I Teach: We Must Teach Children to Defend Themselves

At the February convening of the Stories from Our Classrooms writing course, teacher alumni Ellen Royse and Amy Rothschild and current participant Shayna Tivona shared how they used their teacher voices on behalf of democracy. Earlier this month, our friends and family across the country had trouble reaching their Senators to express their views on […]

D.C. Sanctuary School Letter Signers

On February 14, 2017, Teaching for Change, whose constituents include D.C. educators and immigrant families, sent a proposal addressed to Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, and other D.C. officials requesting that DC Public Schools and LEAs adopt sanctuary/safe zone policies. Following are additional organizations and individuals who have signed onto the letter. To […]

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Step Up for Immigrant Students and Families in D.C. Schools

Creating sanctuary schools for our students and families cannot wait, especially in the current political climate in which the President is threatening increased harassment and deportation of undocumented immigrants. The inaction by D.C. officials on the sanctuary schools proposal means that we as a community must take action where our officials are unwilling to do […]

Parent Perspectives: Becoming a Roving Reader

Dinora Arteaga is a familiar face around LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (DCPS), where her son is in first grade. She is known for being soft-spoken and always ready to participate, with her baby girl in tow. Ever the dedicated parent volunteer, Ms. Arteaga stepped up to participate in LaSalle-Backus’s very first Roving Readers Day on February […]

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