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 left. Meanwhile, the go-go performers leave with new-found respect for the dedication and hard work of classroom music teachers. The […]

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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 […]

From D.C. to Central America, from Voting Rights to Sports: Teaching for Change at NCORE

Teaching for Change co-hosted four dynamic sessions at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) late last month in Washington, D.C. NCORE had invited Teaching for Change to host these sessions in honor of our 25th anniversary. Here are highlights.   Peoples History of the Voting Rights Struggle: First Hand from SNCC Veterans Freedom […]

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Teaching for Change 2015 Summer Reading List

At Teaching for Change, we are proud of our carefully selected booklists that highlight titles by and about people of color as well as social justice themes. Unfortunately, this is not the industry norm. In the last 10 years, fewer than 10% of children’s books published in the U.S. were by or about people of […]

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Monseñor Oscar Romero: Tribute Poem

On the occasion of the beatification of Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero on May 23, 2015, we share “I Am the Land,” a tribute poem by our colleague (and former Teaching for Change board member) E. Ethelbert Miller. We also encourage educators to teach about Romero and many other unsung heroes in Central America with these resources designed […]

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Changing the Narrative About Selma

Thanks to support from our donors and advisers, we’ve been able to provide vital background information and lessons for schools on the bottom up history of the voting rights struggle. Here is a brief overview. On this 50th anniversary year of the Voting Rights Act, the mainstream media features images of President Lyndon Johnson making […]

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Parents Visit Classrooms Throughout the School

The parents at Tellin’ Stories third-year partner school Thomson Elementary (DCPS) sat with anticipation for their meeting with the principal. On Friday, May 8, 2015, they gathered in the school cafeteria with Principal Carmen Shepherd and interpreters for a special Parent-Principal Chit Chat. “We’re going to do class visits today, because that’s something you requested—to see more […]

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