Victory Stolen from Ward 8 Community: Parents Fight Again for Orr ES Modernization

-+*Orr Elementary School (DCPS) parents in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8 have organized for many years to have the building modernized. Orr, with an almost entirely low-income African American student population, is among the last open floor plan schools in the District. Built in 1974, it has never been modernized. The dedicated, high quality administration and teaching staff make […]

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Twitter Chat on Roving Readers Program April 22, 2015

-+*Parent read alouds of multicultural books promote family literacy, bring #ParentsTeachersTogether Please join Teaching for Change for a discussion of the Roving Readers program on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9pm EST. The chat, hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership, will give insights for schools that want to implement Roving Readers, a program to bring parents into the classroom to read […]

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Race, Rights, and Responsibility: NY Education Conference

-+*Teaching for Change is pleased co-sponsors Race, Rights, and Responsibility: What Educators Can Do to Help Their Students Think Critically About Protest, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberty on May 16, 2015 at the NYU Global Center. The conference is coordinated by Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center), under the […]

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International Film Festival in D.C.

-+*Filmfest DC (April 16-26) will showcase more than 70 feature films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world. The festival features a diverse range of films from over 30 countries in categories including World View, The Lighter Side (comedies), Trust No One (thrillers), Justice Matters (social justice), Rhythm On and Off the Screen, Reel Jazz and […]

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Lessons of Vietnam: Power of Protest

-+*We encourage students and teachers to attend the Vietnam: The Power of Protest convening in Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam Peace Movement on May 1-2. Here is the description from the conference organizers: As war continues to be a clear and present danger to our democracy, we will gather to reflect and […]

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Selma in Kosciusko

-+*  “Women can do just as much as men can when it comes to leadership.” This is just one of the comments made by students in Jessica Dickens’ class in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Dickens, a teacher the Kosciusko School District and Mississippi Civil Rights movement and Labor History teacher fellow, recently introduced the lesson, Stepping into Selma: […]

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Participatory Principal Selection Process

-+*Maria squeezed into the packed Parent Center at Bruce Monroe at Park View Elementary School in D.C. on Friday morning. She came to find out how she can be involved in choosing the school’s next principal in an interactive session led by Teaching for Change that brought to life information DCPS shared the previous week via PowerPoint. As Dr. […]

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Food Justice Youth Summit

-+*By Jill Weiler Our 11th grade FOOD JUSTICE EXPEDITION is an interdisciplinary three-part study (past, present and future) of the impact of food on our community–both locally and globally. The expedition begins with an exploration of our students’ families’ cultural connections to foods; as 99% of our students come from African American and immigrant families, […]

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Teaching for Change Bookstore Memories

-+*On this 25th anniversary of Teaching for Change and 10th anniversary of our bookstore, we are passing on the operations of the bookstore at 14th & V to Busboys and Poets partner Politics and Prose. As we prepare to end our operation of the bookstore at 14th & V, we are collecting testimonials and memories about the store, favorite books, author […]

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Making Voices of D.C. the Text: Workshop for DCPS Curriculum Team

-+*“We want our texts to provide mirrors and windows for our students,” said Brian Pick, chief of teaching and learning for DCPS, in his introduction. “We want to make sure that they see themselves reflected in the curriculum and that they have texts that allow them to see beyond the 61 square miles of DC.” On […]

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