How Discrimination Shapes Parent-Teacher Communication

A new study suggests race and immigrant status are determining factors in whether or not an educator will reach out to a student’s family. This article by Melinda D. Anderson was originally featured in The Atlantic on November 15, 2016. The photo below is from the day-to-day work of Teaching for Change in schools in the D.C. metro […]

People’s History Trivia Night

Are you a people’s history buff? Join us in D.C. for a fun night of questions and answers about the history often missing from textbooks–the role of women, people of color, labor, and other social movements. Friday, December 2 5:30-7:30 pm Busboys and Poets 14th & V U Street Metro (Green/Yellow Line) Win t-shirts, books, films, […]

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Post-Election, School Collaborates with Parents to Create Safe Space

My daughter asked if we had papers and if we would be kicked out of the country. My kids say they will leave with me, when we talked about the election. They said, “That man is a bad man because he doesn’t like Hispanics.” [The election results] make me feel unsafe in this country, because […]

Teaching Radical Hope

The young people marching near our office in D.C. (and around the country) have given us what author Junot Díaz describes as “radical hope,” the hope that was deferred last week. They also have given us tens of thousands of reasons to carry on. In his essay in The New Yorker, Díaz added, And while we’re […]

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Wind Me Up Maria: A Go-Go Musical

We were overjoyed to hear that one of the students from a “Teach the Beat” class, Myiah Smith, is the star of the new musical, “Wind Me Up Maria: A Go-Go Musical.” High school teacher Bill Stevens wrote to tell us that Smith, now at Georgetown University, learned a lot from reading The Beat and from […]

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Between Families and Schools: Creating Meaningful Relationships

New Guide Helps Public Schools Better Partner with Families Teaching for Change is pleased to announce a new edition of Between Families and Schools: Building Meaningful Relationships. The publication addresses two key questions facing schools today: “How do we get more parents involved in our schools?” and “How do we enhance collaboration and communication between […]

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Stories from Our Classrooms 2016

On Sunday, October 16, 2016, twenty D.C. area teachers gathered for the first session of Stories from our Classrooms 2016-2017, an annual course offered by Teaching for Change. The goals for this course are for teacher participants to deepen their own practice, build community among D.C. area social justice educators, and to contribute to the all-too-scarce […]

African American Art and History

Teaching for Change was honored to partner with the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) for Art and the African American Experience, a program for teachers in celebration of the 2016 grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on October 13, 2016. The goal of the evening was to share classroom lessons on African American art […]

“One of the Best Nonprofits” According to Catalogue for Philanthropy

We are pleased to announce that the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Teaching for Change for the 2016-2017 catalog. The mission of the Catalogue is “to create strong and vibrant communities by connecting caring citizens with worthy community causes.” The Catalogue is distributed to tens of thousands of potential donors each year. Having just celebrated […]

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KidsPost Says Slavery was a “Mistake”

The September 14 edition of the KidsPost featured an article on Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who are taking a knee during the National Anthem. While we commend the Washington Post for addressing this topic in the kid’s section of their paper, their approach mis-educates the reader. Here is the explanation by Fred Bowen in the KidsPost […]

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