How well do you know Montgomery Bus Boycott history?

Students learn from preschool through high school that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in Montgomery, the buses were desegregated, and the Civil Rights Movement was launched. This quiz explores some of the myths surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and provides an opportunity to learn about the strategic brilliance and courage of the […]

Luci Murphy: A D.C. Cultural Warrior

There is always somebody tending the flame, even when the spotlight is removed, and the publicity vanished. Luci Murphy is a preeminent advocate of utilizing culture to advance social and political justice. She is often the featured vocalist at progressive events. Her boundless energy has made Murphy indispensable in organizing Latin American solidarity, the peace […]

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D.C. Teachers Launch Stories from Our Classrooms 

Fourteen D.C. area teachers gathered on Sunday afternoon (October 25) to write stories from their classrooms. This was the first session in a year-long course launched by Teaching for Change. As a result of writing and reflecting together, teacher participants will deepen their own practice, build community among D.C. area social justice educators, and contribute […]

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Students Overjoyed to Learn About Go-Go

On September 17, John Buchanan visited two of Kerry Sylvia’s D.C. history classes at School Without Walls (DCPS). In advance of the lesson, students participated in an introductory activity called “Meet the Beat” about go-go. This visit was one of many by noted go-go performers and scholars that took place at schools across Washington, D.C. Here are some […]

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Debut Young Adult Book Author Commits Proceeds to Teaching for Change

Debut young adult author Rebecca Villarreal has committed five percent of all net proceeds of her first book, The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón, (Mama Chelo Press, 2015) to Teaching for Change. Released in August, the book tells the story of two fifth graders—Selma Calderón and her best friend Hurley Bingenworth—as they use magical powers […]

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Thank You to Our Teach the Beat Donors

Through the generous support of individual donors, Teaching for Change will continue to bring go-go into D.C. area classrooms. From June through September, Teaching for Change brought go-go performers and scholars to provide in-school coaching to D.C. public and public charter students of all ages as part of a special grant from the D.C. Commission on the […]

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Protected: A Tribute to Dr. Marta Palacios

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New Multicultural Children’s Books

This year we are pleasantly surprised to find more than the usual handful of new children’s books to recommend. There continues to be a critical scarcity of good children’s books by and about people of color, so we are happy to shine a light on these books that challenge the norm.     More new […]

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Mississippi Teacher Fellows Host Workshops Across the State

“I want to bring these lessons on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement to teachers in my school district.” Raymond Brookter’s sentiment was echoed by all the participants in our summer institute for Mississippi teacher fellows. On top of their full course load, these teachers rolled up their sleeves and made that vision a reality. […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on Teaching History

On October 15, 2015, Teaching for Change staff member Julian Hipkins III had the opportunity to ask Ta-Nehisi Coates about how to teach students the truth “about white supremacy” without discouraging them and to let them know they can do “something to fight back against white supremacy and have hope for the future.” Coates’ response provides […]

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