José Luis Vilson Book Party

   This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education Book Party for author Jose Luis Vilson Thursday, September 25, 2014 5:00 to 7:00 pm, light refreshments Hosted by the Albert Shanker Institute 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC Teaching for Change will handle book sales at the event. REGISTER HERE […]

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Where do people talk honestly about race? At the A.C.T.O.R. series

By Rachel Mullin “I believe one of the ways we become more tolerant and accepting of others is to talk to them, to engage people that are different from us–to get out of our comfort zone and actually hear a different point of view, a different experience.” – Pamela Pinnock It was this belief that […]

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Teaching About Ferguson

By Julian Hipkins III As the new school year begins, first and foremost on our minds and in our hearts will be the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Teachers may be faced with students’ anger, frustration, sadness, confusion, and questions.  Some students will wonder how this could happen in the United States. For others, […]

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Teaching for Change Board Member Wins 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award

We are pleased to announce that Teaching for Change board member Michael J. O’Brien’s book, We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth Sit-In and the Movement it Inspired, is one of the 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award recipients. The Lillian Smith Book Awards were established in 1968 by the Southern Regional Council to recognize authors whose books represent […]

Principal Meeting Launches Tellin’ Stories Family Partners Series

“Of the many hats I wear, one of those hats is that of the community organizer,” shared Thomson Elementary Principal Carmen Shepherd. “As principals, we are really here to serve and work with families.” On July 30, 2014, Ms. Shepherd, principal of Thomson Elementary (DCPS), joined principals from six other DCPS schools and one Prince […]

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Bob Moses and Carrie Ellis. Photo by Rick Reinhard.

Thank You Board Member Carrie Ellis

With ten years of service on the Teaching for Change board under her belt, Carrie Ellis has announced she is stepping down. She noted that this is good timing with three new members coming on to the board and a second year of organizational development assistance from Fair Chance. Carrie joined the board just as Teaching for […]

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The Civil Rights Movement Is Not Over: Mark Levy Says to the AFT

Freedom Summer volunteer Mark Levy spoke at the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in Los Angeles on July 12, 2014 about the legacy and lessons of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Here are Levy’s prepared remarks. At the end of Levy’s talk, he introduced young Chicago activist Asean Johnson. A short AFT […]

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Julian Hipkins III Joins Teaching for Change Staff

Award-winning high school teacher Julian Hipkins III has been a long time collaborator with Teaching for Change on countless initiatives from the Zinn Education Project to Storycorps to Civil Rights Teaching. We are very pleased to announce that the collaboration will now be full time as Hipkins joins our staff as the Civil Rights Movement and Labor […]

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McComb, Mississippi Students Learn and Teach in Washington, D.C.

On this 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, we were honored to help host a fantastic week in D.C. of teaching and learning by 11 high school students from McComb, Mississippi. Drawing from history and continuing the tradition of activism, they engaged in a wide range of activities including: Sharing their film and play on Freedom […]

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Teaching the Truth about Youth Migration from Central America

• Under-Age and On the Move • Obama’s Immigration Problem  • • A Crisis  • The Flood of Children •  Turn on any national news program or open a newspaper and these headlines are likely similar to the ones that you have heard. This summer, the U.S. public has been hearing about a massive influx of unaccompanied minors from Central […]

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