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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International FilmFest Goes to D.C. Classrooms

-+*After our meaningful discussion [about the film Limited Partnership], I went home and thought more about the topics of homosexual discrimination and rights. I was one of the students who mentioned how my relatives do not associate with homosexuals. So that night I had a deep conversation with my mother to get a better understanding […]

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Orr Parents Take to Radio to Advocate for New Building

-+*“The [condition] of the building doesn’t reflect the community inside the school,” stated Orr Elementary (DCPS) parent Ms. Sirrell Phillips in a radio interview to discuss the pressing need to modernize the building where her youngest child attends pre-Kindergarten. Phillips and another Orr parent, Mr. Bernard Dickey, were featured guests on Taking Action, a weekly […]

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Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School

-+*Teaching for Change, in partnership with DCPS, is pleased to announce that the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has provided funding for the “Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School: Artists and Scholars in the Classroom” initiative to infuse D.C.’s rich and unique tradition of go-go in the curriculum. To achieve this […]

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Victory Stolen from Ward 8 Community: Parents Fight Again for Orr ES Modernization

-+*Orr Elementary School (DCPS) parents in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8 have organized for many years to have the building modernized. Orr, with an almost entirely low-income African American student population, is among the last open floor plan schools in the District. Built in 1974, it has never been modernized. The dedicated, high quality administration and teaching staff make […]

Twitter Chat on Roving Readers Program April 22, 2015

-+*Parent read alouds of multicultural books promote family literacy, bring #ParentsTeachersTogether Please join Teaching for Change for a discussion of the Roving Readers program on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9pm EST. The chat, hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership, will give insights for schools that want to implement Roving Readers, a program to bring parents into the classroom to read […]

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Race, Rights, and Responsibility: NY Education Conference

-+*Teaching for Change is pleased co-sponsors Race, Rights, and Responsibility: What Educators Can Do to Help Their Students Think Critically About Protest, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberty on May 16, 2015 at the NYU Global Center. The conference is coordinated by Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center), under the […]

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International Film Festival in D.C.

-+*Filmfest DC (April 16-26) will showcase more than 70 feature films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world. The festival features a diverse range of films from over 30 countries in categories including World View, The Lighter Side (comedies), Trust No One (thrillers), Justice Matters (social justice), Rhythm On and Off the Screen, Reel Jazz and […]

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