Teaching for Change on Kojo Nnamdi Show

We are honored to have been invited by the Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU 88.5) for a segment on Monday, February 8, 2016 on the walkout by students in Howard County last week in protest of racism at their high school. The segment began with Sara Chernikoff and Lina Kebede, two student leaders from the walkout and Nat Chioke […]

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Students at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Md., walked out of school on Tuesday, Feb. 2 after a student video disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement went viral. (Donna St. George/The Washington Post)

Howard County Students Speak Out

Students at Mount Hebron High School in Howard County, Maryland walked out of school on Feb. 2 after a student video with a racist message was shared on social media. Community members turned out to support the students, including Rev. Janelle Bruce, Esq., the Youth Pastor at St John Baptist Church. Bruce noted, I fully support the students […]

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More Teachers Than Ever Teach People’s History

Here are 2015 highlights and plans for 2016 from our Zinn Education Project. Coordinated by Teaching for Change in collaboration with Rethinking Schools, the Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The Zinn Education Project registered 11,000 new teachers in 2015. We now […]

Invitation: Teacher Workshop on Go-Go

The Smithsonian Anacostia Museum invites DCPS 12th grade teachers to view the new museum exhibition Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963-1975 and get an introduction to Teaching for Change’s Teach the Beat initiative to infuse D.C.’s rich history of go-go into the curriculum. The workshop will offer interactive lessons that social studies, language arts, and […]

Teaching for Change on NPR’s All Things Considered

Did you hear? Teaching for Change was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered on Friday, January 22, 2016. Teaching for Change associate director Allyson Criner Brown was interviewed by NPR’s Eyder Peralta, along with scholar Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and children’s book author Matt de la Peña in a four minute segment on the recall of A Birthday Cake for […]

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Bad Advice from NPR’s Weekend Edition on Racist Children’s Books

UPDATE The January 31, 2016 NPR Weekend Edition aired a segment, “How Do We Read Books Embedded With Racism?“, in response to critiques (read below) by Teaching for Change and many others of the January 24th segment. NPR posted some of the critiques, including one by former TFC staff member Jhonna Amelia Turner. This confirms that it is worth […]

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Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children’s Book

By Deborah Menkart A firestorm erupted when Scholastic released a children’s book early this month, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, featuring smiling slaves baking a cake for George Washington.  The back cover portrayed George Washington and his enslaved chef, Hercules, arm-in-arm, like best buddies. The image […]

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NOT Recommended: A Birthday Cake for George Washington

UPDATE We are pleased to share that the widespread response to the publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington has led to its recall by Scholastic. This is a wonderful victory in record speed. We must keep up the pressure modeled in this campaign to make sure that children learn the truth and can shape a better […]

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Vernon F. Dahmer: Civil Rights Martyr and American Hero

These remarks were prepared by sociologist and SNCC veteran Joyce Ladner for a commemoration of Vernon Dahmer on January 8, 2016, hosted by the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. By Joyce Ladner I want to thank the Dahmer family, particularly Ellie Dahmer and the Dahmer children who had to find ways to go on after his […]

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Early Steps for a Parent Leader

Teresa Rodriguez is a parent at Teaching for Change partner school LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (DCPS), a school that has seen a rapidly growing Latino population in a historically black community in Northeast D.C. Teresa came to story quilting sessions and parent meetings led by Teaching for Change during the 2014-2015 school year and started to […]

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