Amelia Boynton Robinson and the Dallas County Voters League (DCVL)

Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson passed away on August 26, 2015 at the age of 104. She is best known for her iconic photo after being beaten in Selma on Bloody Sunday. While the photo offers evidence of her bravery and sacrifice, people should also know that her activism on the Edmund Pettus Bridge was preceded by […]

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Américas Award Book Winners and K-12 Workshop

The Américas Award has announced the 2015 titles: Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh and Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle. Both books, and their authors, are Teaching for Change favorites. Teaching for Change is co-sponsoring the Américas Award and CLASP K-12 teacher workshop with the authors in […]

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Bring Go-Go into D.C. Area Classrooms

This fall, Teaching for Change is bringing renowned go-go performers to D.C. classrooms to coach and mentor K-12 students as part of our  Teach the Beat project. Students have the unique opportunity to ask questions and perform with expert guidance. To date, fifteen classrooms  have been scheduled to receive visits from go-go performers through a grant from […]

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Stories from Our Classrooms

A writing course for DC area social justice teachers. DC area teachers have important stories to tell. The future well-being of our public schools depends on those stories being heard. Sponsored by Teaching for Change October 2015 – May 2016 This course is for D.C. area teachers who are eager to write about their own classrooms through […]

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Julian Bond, ¡Presente!

We are deeply saddened at the passing of long time activist, professor, politician, and writer Julian Bond at the age of 75 on August 15, 2015. Bond was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) where he served as director of communications. He was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center; was […]

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A New Tradition for Families Going to Middle School

On May 29, 2015, breakfast greeted the fifth grade parents at Tyler Elementary (DCPS) a, first-year Tellin’ Stories partner school. The cheerful spread was part of a new tradition the teachers hoped to start for families preparing to make the leap from elementary to middle school: the Fifth Grade Family Promotional Breakfast. Earlier in the […]

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Teaching Young Children about Race

A Guide for Parents and Teachers Recent events— including the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Charleston church shooting, and the debate over the Confederate flag— have led many parents and teachers to seek out resources to address issues of race and inequality with young children. We share with you here an excerpt from the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves. The […]

The Confederate Flag: Symbol of Opposition to Civil Rights

The Confederate flag, best known as a symbol of white supremacy during the Civil War, was also a symbol of state resistance to human rights and democracy during the modern Civil Rights Movement. As Civil Rights Movement photographer Matt Herron explains, Southerners who believed in racial segregation displayed Confederate flags instead of the American flag. […]

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Go-Go Performers Coach Next Generation in D.C. Classrooms

What an experience to see renowned go-go musicians coaching and mentoring students in D.C. classrooms. Students perform with expert guidance, ask questions, and wear out the performers with requests for photos and autographs before they leave. Meanwhile, the go-go performers share their talents with the younger generation and gain new-found respect for the dedication and hard […]

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An Outside Perspective on a Tellin’ Stories School

Just after the start of the school day on June 5, 2015, more than 20 parents gathered in the large meeting room to share their triumphs and challenges from the 2014-2015 school year at Thomson Elementary’s (DCPS) final Parent-Principal Chit Chat for the school year. The hour long breakfast meetings were established three years ago through […]

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