A Gift for Ellington: The Books We’ve Read

By Clarence Lusane As a young child I became a voracious reader. I don’t remember a time when my mother did not read to me. Then she and I began to make weekly trips to the library as I got older. It was the best time of the week bar none. Finally, I grew old […]

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Two Dollar Subscription to Black History Journal Leads to Life of Activism

On this 100th anniversary of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), we are pleased to share this story by our board member Timothy L. Jenkins about the power of learning Black history at a young age.   By Timothy L. Jenkins Since I had been the principal lobbyist for […]

Welcoming Immigrant Students Into the Classroom

This blog post was originally posted on Edutopia.org by Sara Burnett of the Community Education Center of the American Immigration Council and contains useful recommendations in line with the Tellin’ Stories approach to family engagement. The photos are from the day-to-day work of Teaching for Change in schools in the D.C. metro area. Read about […]

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A brave young boy demonstrates for freedom in front of the Dallas County courthouse in Selma on July 8, 1964. Selma sheriff deputies approach and arrest him.  Photo by Matt Herron/Take Stock Photos.

Bring Lessons of Selma to the Classroom

We need your help so that students can learn and apply the lessons from the bottom-up history of the Selma Voting Rights Movement to their lives and struggles for justice today. The release of the film Selma on this 50th anniversary year of the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has helped […]

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The Selma Voting Rights Struggle: 15 Key Points from Bottom-Up History and Why It Matters Today

A shorter version of this article, “Ten Things You Should Know About Selma Before You See the Film,” is available on Common Dreams and the Huffington Post. Here are free downloadable lessons and resources to bring this bottom-up history to the classroom. By Emilye Crosby On this 50th anniversary year of the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act […]

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Bookstore Highlights 2014

Here are some highlights from the year 2014 at Teaching for Change’s indie bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14th&V). Next year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the bookstore and the 25th anniversary of Teaching for Change. In the last five years, only 10% of children’s books published were about people of color despite the fact […]

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Teaching for Change in 2014

This has been a year of mourning, resistance, and hope. We mourned for the lives of so many people of color killed by the police with impunity. And we were inspired by the resistance that started in #Ferguson and has become a national #BlackLivesMatter movement. One teacher’s tweet summarizes best how we feel about the year […]

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Black History 360 at the Schomburg Center

Teaching for Change presented in July of 2014 for the second year in a row at the Black History 360: Schomburg Summer Education Institute. Thanks to our summer intern, Sarah Slichter, here is a report on the first afternoon of the week-long institute and the day of the Teaching for Change workshop on Freedom Schools and the […]

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Indies First on Small Business Saturday

For the 2014 holiday season, bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician-author Amanda Palmer called upon their fellow authors to get behind Indies First at independent bookstores around the country on Saturday, November 29. Authors Derrick Weston Brown, Todd Miller, Phyllis Bennis, and Zetta Elliot (in photos above) are among the hundreds of authors who support #IndiesFirst at the Teaching for Change Bookstore. And […]

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Central America Workshop in Mt. Rainier

On Saturday, teachers, parents, and other community members in Mount Rainier, Maryland stepped into the shoes of key people in Central American history and literature. This pre-viewing activity was for a community screening of the film Harvest of Empire, led by Teaching for Change curriculum specialist Julian Hipkins III at Joe’s Movement Emporium. The film […]

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