Why I Teach: We Must Teach Children to Defend Themselves

At the February convening of the Stories from Our Classrooms writing course, teacher alumni Ellen Royse and Amy Rothschild and current participant Shayna Tivona shared how they used their teacher voices on behalf of democracy. Earlier this month, our friends and family across the country had trouble reaching their Senators to express their views on […]

Step Up for Immigrant Students and Families in D.C. Schools

Creating sanctuary schools for our students and families cannot wait, especially in the current political climate in which the President is threatening increased harassment and deportation of undocumented immigrants. The inaction by D.C. officials on the sanctuary schools proposal means that we as a community must take action where our officials are unwilling to do […]

Parent Perspectives: Becoming a Roving Reader

Dinora Arteaga is a familiar face around LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (DCPS), where her son is in first grade. She is known for being soft-spoken and always ready to participate, with her baby girl in tow. Ever the dedicated parent volunteer, Ms. Arteaga stepped up to participate in LaSalle-Backus’s very first Roving Readers Day on February […]

DeVos is in… What next?

Billionaires like the new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, are using their wealth to infuse conservative ideology into our national education policy and into our schools. They know that the lessons children learn in school will impact their lives and civic participation. As Carter G. Woodson said in 1933, “There would be no lynching if […]

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Act Now: Reduce the Weight of Test Scores on D.C. Schools

D.C. Residents Have a Critical Window to Give Input on Public School Accountability Measures As advocates for equity in education, and as a member of the Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities (C4DC), Teaching for Change is pleased to share this important information for D.C. residents and to support the fight against high-stakes standardized […]

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Black History Month

Reverend Barber’s words below highlight why it is all the more important to study Black history in February and all year long. We need some moral fire to help us see clearly how this history shapes our present reality. I’ve heard too many people say over the past several months, ‘We’ve never seen anything like this […]

Women Make History

This lesson presents the important and extensive roles of women in social justice movements. In this 45- to 90-minute lesson, participants take on the identity of one activist and interview at least six more. This lesson has been used successfully in middle and high school classes and in teacher workshops. Introduction One of the least recognized stories […]

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SNCC Veterans Meet Students from NY and DC

Students from Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City came to D.C. for a field experience. And what an experience it was since it coincided with the Presidential Inauguration, protests, and Women’s March. Teaching for Change facilitated an opportunity for the students from New York to meet fellow teenagers along with veterans of the […]

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Cautionary Words about Far Right from 1962

SNCC veteran Timothy L. Jenkins wrote an open letter about the far right, published in the Mississippi Free Press on August 18, 1962. The letter was written to combat the rising neo-fascist youth movement, “Young American For Freedom” against the sixties’ student voting rights mobilization known as “Mississippi Summer.” Jenkins notes, “It came on the heels […]

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Protests: Sites for Education and Organizing

Our colleague Bruce Hartford, a veteran of the southern freedom struggle who manages the invaluable CRMvet.org website, wrote about how to do education and outreach at protests. He has given us permission to share this useful advice. By Bruce Hartford I’ve recently participated in several protests aimed at building resistance to Trump and Trumpism. But […]

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