Deutsch Foundation Funds Launch of Islamophobia History Education Project

Thanks to the support of a generous grant of $10,000 from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Teaching for Change is launching the development of  “Islamophobia: a people’s history teaching guide” and related professional development. Rather than focusing on details of Islamic beliefs and rituals, the Islamophobia teaching guide will make connections between Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, and anti-immigrant […]

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Creating Monuments of Our Classroom Rules After Charlottesville

By Gabby Arca The news, the news, the news… it hit us all summer. And like most teachers, even when we are taking our time away from school, we think about how things will work or impact our kids—and in happy ingenious moments, maybe a great lesson plan idea. As my co-teacher and I prepared […]

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D.C. Area Educators Collaborate for DACA Rapid Response

Approximately 20 teachers (and ASL interpreters) from across the D.C. metro area met at the Teaching for Change office on Saturday, September 9 to share teaching and activism strategies in response to the repeal of DACA. The event was organized by the new network, D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice, and facilitated by Faye Colon. The […]

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D.C. Students Walkout to Defend DACA

By Sana Makke Students from several D.C. area high schools gathered in front of Trump International Hotel on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to defend DACA. From 9th-12th graders, hundreds stood outside chanting “Let them dream” and “DACA students are here to stay.” The students came from Emerson Preparatory School, McKinley Technology High School, Bell Multicultural High School, Woodrow […]

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Climate Change Missing from Scholastic News

Scholastic News’ coverage of Hurricane Harvey says that the storm has acted “strangely,” but doesn’t mention even one word about climate change nor the extensive unregulated development that have contributed to the devastating crisis in Houston. Tell Scholastic our children deserve to know the truth about the weather as part of the #StepUpScholastic campaign. Also missing from […]

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Summer Conference Workshops

In June 2017, Teaching for Change presented two workshops at the National Family and Community Engagement Conference in San Francisco, Calif., in front of crowded audiences. Unpacking Race, Class, Privilege, and Power: Making the Case for Race and Equity Training explored the roots of systemic racism and made modern-day connections to how race, class, and […]

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Teaching After Charlottesville: More Than a Day-After Lesson

The following article by Teaching for Change executive director, Deborah Menkart, was first published by The Hechinger Report. “What should I say about Charlottesville?” It’s the burning question on every teacher’s mind as the new school year gets underway. On Twitter, users add lessons and resources to the #CharlottesvilleSyllabus and #CharlottesvilleCurriculum pages; everything from identity […]

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See What We See Coalition Launches Unique Database with Critical Reviews of Children’s Literature

The first ever online database of critical reviews of children’s books is now available at the Teaching for Change Social Justice Books website. The goal of the database, created by the See What We See coalition, is to promote a more critical understanding of what is needed in children’s literature. Coalition member and librarian Edith […]

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Now More than Ever…Recommitting to Anti-Bias Education

On July 21, 2017, close to 50 early childhood educators from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia attended a workshop facilitated by author Katie Kissinger based on her new book on anti-bias education. Kissinger is the author of Anti-bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom: Hand in Hand, Step by Step and All the Colors We Are: The Story of […]

Mississippi 2017 Summer Institute on the Black Freedom Struggle

In July 2017, fifteen middle and high school English and social studies teachers from across the state of Mississippi participated in a teaching institute at Tougaloo College (in the historic Woodworth Chapel) on the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi. Not only did teachers learn hidden history and interactive teaching strategies, they also built relationships among themselves […]

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