Family Partner Series Offers D.C. Schools a Fresh Start on Family Engagement

This year, bilingual school counselor Senovia Hurtado has been entrusted with the mission of revitalizing family engagement at Brightwood Education Campus (DCPS), a pre-K through eighth grade school in Washington, D.C. It’s her 15th year in DC Public Schools, but her first as a parent coordinator. With a reopened parent center, a supportive principal and […]

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New Website for Students on Central America

Our colleague Pat Goudvis has launched an extraordinary new student-friendly website on Central America called When We Were Young, There Was a War. Visitors are introduced to the powerful stories of two individuals from El Salvador and Guatemala. (Eventually there will be more.) Through short video clips, they describe the impact of the war on their lives when […]

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Equipping New Teachers with Social Justice Literature

Alice Cook wanted to introduce her pre-service teachers to culturally responsive and social justice teacher resources, including literature and curriculum for their classes, materials on best practices in education, and books about the interaction between teacher identity and student diversity. Cook was teaching a core diversity course in their master’s certification program (MCERT) at the […]

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Sponsor a Bookshelf at the Teaching for Change Bookstore

The Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14th and V) is the Washington, D.C. area’s best source for books that encourage children and adults to question, challenge, and re-think the world beyond the headlines. The bookstore is located in Busboys and Poets, a restaurant, performance space, and coffeehouse, which features a dynamic events schedule. Teaching […]

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Revisiting Our Black Mosaic Symposium

On September 9, the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) hosted the symposium: “Revisiting Our Black Mosaic.” We are honored to have been invited to the participate in this 20th anniversary of the 1994 Black Mosaic exhibition, described below: The progressive 1994 exhibition Black Mosaic at the Anacostia Community Museum was among the first documentation projects to […]

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Teacher Workshop on Central America

While the histories of the United States and Central America have been intertwined for centuries, Central American history has been missing from the school curriculum for many years. Therefore, before asking teachers to infuse Central American history in their own classrooms, we recommend that schools host teacher workshops to familiarize the staff with Central American […]

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Girl Scout Book Drive Exceeds Its Goal

Our Teaching for Change Bookstore and Girl Scout Troop 3859 (Saint Augustine Catholic Church) hosted a book drive on September 12-14 in support of Saint Augustine School, New Community for Children, Marguerite’s Place, and Playtime Children’s Project. Troop leader Dena D. Grant wrote to our publications director Don Allen to say it was a big success. Here’s an excerpt from […]

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Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books

In celebration of the 2014 Américas Award, CLASP and Teaching for Change are hosting a K-12 teacher workshop “Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books.” This hands-on workshop will explore issues of immigration and identity using children’s literature. The workshop will feature the work of this year’s Honorable Mention book, […]

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Matt Herron and Dorie Ladner Remember the Mississippi Freedom Movement

  On July 24, 2014, photographer Matt Herron and SNCC veteran Dorie Ladner shared photos and stories about the 1960s Freedom Movement in Mississippi. Askia Muhammad from WPFW moderated and shared his own memories as a native of Mississippi. The featured books were Mississippi Eyes and This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil […]

Middle Passage Markers Project: Invitation to Teachers and Students

“If the Atlantic were to dry up it would reveal a scattered pathway of human bones, African bones, marking the various routes of the middle passage.” — John Henrik Clark Millions of the people who were kidnapped from Africa and brought to the United States in bondage remain nameless. Not only those whose bones lie […]

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