Teaching Central America Workshops in D.C.

The majority of Latino students in DC schools have Central American heritage. However, their history and literature is largely absent from the curriculum. Thanks to support from the DCPS Language Acquisition Office, Teaching for Change offered free workshops on Central America during Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month. Faye Colon, coordinator of teacher engagement and professional development, visited classrooms at Ballou High […]

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Deutsch Foundation Funds Launch of Islamophobia History Education Project

Thanks to the support of a generous grant of $10,000 from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Teaching for Change is launching the development of  “Islamophobia: a people’s history teaching guide” and related professional development. Rather than focusing on details of Islamic beliefs and rituals, the Islamophobia teaching guide will make connections between Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, and anti-immigrant […]

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Columbus on Trial in D.C.

This month, all of the 8th grade social studies teachers at Alice Deal Middle School (DCPS) engaged their students in the popular role play, The People vs. Columbus, et al.  The lesson, written in the form of a trial by Bill Bigelow of Rethinking Schools, is available for free download on the Zinn Education Project website. The […]

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Creating Monuments of Our Classroom Rules After Charlottesville

By Gabby Arca The news, the news, the news… it hit us all summer. And like most teachers, even when we are taking our time away from school, we think about how things will work or impact our kids—and in happy ingenious moments, maybe a great lesson plan idea. As my co-teacher and I prepared […]

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Teaching Central America for Latinx Heritage Month — and All Year Long

For Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we encourage educators to address topics that are often left out of the textbook. In particular, we encourage educators to explore and teach about Central America. More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the lack of resources on Central American heritage in most […]

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D.C. Area Educators Collaborate for DACA Rapid Response

Approximately 20 teachers (and ASL interpreters) from across the D.C. metro area met at the Teaching for Change office on Saturday, September 9 to share teaching and activism strategies in response to the repeal of DACA. The event was organized by the new network, D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice, and facilitated by Faye Colon. The […]

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D.C. Students Walkout to Defend DACA

By Sana Makke Students from several D.C. area high schools gathered in front of Trump International Hotel on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to defend DACA. From 9th-12th graders, hundreds stood outside chanting “Let them dream” and “DACA students are here to stay.” The students came from Emerson Preparatory School, McKinley Technology High School, Bell Multicultural High School, Woodrow […]

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Climate Change Missing from Scholastic News

Scholastic News’ coverage of Hurricane Harvey says that the storm has acted “strangely,” but doesn’t mention even one word about climate change nor the extensive unregulated development that have contributed to the devastating crisis in Houston. Tell Scholastic our children deserve to know the truth about the weather as part of the #StepUpScholastic campaign. Also missing from […]

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The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement 2017-2018 Seminar Series

September, 2017 – May, 2018 All Souls Church Unitarian | 1500 Harvard St, NW | Washington, D.C. Applications are now closed. “It will be worth it. It will actually surpass your expectations. I walked into this thinking, ‘This is going to be good.’ And it totally blew my mind!” – Keris Lee, 2017 Summer Institute […]

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National History Day Projects

National History Day projects are a wonderful opportunity for middle and high school students to research and learn about topics and individuals outside the typical textbook. We share here the experiences of D.C. eighth grade middle school teacher Beth Kara. Her students’ completed projects on Queen Liliuokalani, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, Assata Shakur, Muhammad […]

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