D.C. Parent Organizing Featured in 2016 AERA Conference Offsite Visits

April 20, 2016 With the 100th annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) national conference and its theme “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies”  visiting Washington, D.C. this year, Teaching for Change partnered twice with local researchers and education organizers to give conference attendees a glimpse of the parent organizing and family engagement work happening locally. On Saturday, […]

History Lesson Sheds Light on Racism Today

“The Color Line” lesson by Rethinking Schools editor Bill Bigelow is featured in an April 20, 2016 Washington Post article called “How American oligarchs created the concept of race to divide and conquer the poor” by Courtland Milloy Jr. The lesson is on colonial laws enacted to create division and inequality based on race. History teacher and […]

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2016 Food Justice Youth Summit

Teaching for Change was pleased to attend and photograph the 2016 Food Justice Youth Summit. See our posts about 2014 and 2015, and view more photographs from 2016 in our Flickr album. By Capital City Public Charter School On April 7, 2016, 11th graders at Capital City Public Charter School hosted the 2nd Annual Food Justice […]

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Why Are All the Kids Who Look Like Me Enslaved?

Teaching for Change is partnering with American Indians in Children’s Literature and Ferguson Response Network to collect letters to Scholastic telling them to publish and distribute children’s books that reflect and affirm the identity, history, and lives of ALL children in our schools. We have received thoughtful letters from all over the country. A teacher from […]

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How Parent Volunteers Inspired a Young Reader

In the 2014-2015 school year, Brian Juarez* was a second grader at Thomson Elementary (DCPS), a fourth-year Tellin’ Stories partner school. He spoke Spanish at home and had already become the interpreter between his parents and his teachers. When there were forms to send home, he filled them out during class with his teacher’s help. Emily Prater, […]

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New Edition of Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching

Teaching for Change will publish a new edition of the award-winning Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching this year. Submissions Wanted The content will be completely re-organized and much of the material will be new. We are currently making our final selections for the book, and we are soliciting lessons and teaching activities on […]

Food Justice Youth Summit

By Jill Weiler Our 11th grade FOOD JUSTICE EXPEDITION is an interdisciplinary three-part study (past, present and future) of the impact of food on our community–both locally and globally. The expedition begins with an exploration of our students’ families’ cultural connections to foods; as 99% of our students come from African American and immigrant families, […]

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Filmfest DC 2016 Goes to D.C. Classrooms

Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festival (April 14-24) will showcase dozens of feature films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world. Teaching for Change is partnering with Filmfest DC to spread the word about the festival and to bring filmmakers for several films into D.C. classrooms: Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr, Motley’s Law, Not without Us, Rebel Citizen, Frontiers […]

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A Book Every Day for Women's History Month

Women’s History Month: A Book Every Day

In honor of Women’s History Month, each day Teaching for Change is featuring a children’s book we recommend to highlight grassroots women’s history. Check back for our recommended titles here, and follow us on Facebook for daily posts. See our complete list of recommended titles for children on women’s history and women’s lives here. Please support […]

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#StepUpScholastic Twitter Chat

On February 29, Leslie Mac of Ferguson Response Network hosted a twitter chat on the #StepUpScholastic campaign. There was a rich and lively exchange among educators, parents, authors, and other activists as they weighed in on a series of questions about the campaign. Questions ranged from “why target Scholastic” to “what person(s) or moment(s) from your history […]

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