Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity

This interactive lesson introduces participants to Black Muslims in U.S. history through a meet-and-greet activity. The lesson empowers participants to combat Islamophobia by sharing stories that challenge unidimensional caricatures of Muslims. The lesson raises up voices we rarely hear in the media when we talk about Islam and Muslims — Black Muslims. The meet-and-greet personalities […]

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D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools

February 5 – 10, 2018 Learn about and join the D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools from February 5-10, 2018. Invitation to Participate Sign Up/Endorsement Form Frequently Asked Questions Upcoming Events Resources for Educators (lessons, readings, films, and more) Donate to bring books to D.C. area schools for the Black Lives Matter […]

Teaching about Puerto Rico

Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico introduces students to the history, geography, identity, government, economy, environment, and culture of Puerto Rico through essays, poetry, and fiction. The second edition of our book Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico has been out of print since 2006. In light of the current crisis on the island after Hurricane Maria and thanks to […]

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Teaching Central America Workshops in D.C.

The majority of Latino students in DC schools have Central American heritage. However, their history and literature is largely absent from the curriculum. Thanks to support from the DCPS Language Acquisition Office, Teaching for Change offered free workshops on Central America during Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month. Faye Colon, coordinator of teacher engagement and professional development, visited classrooms at Ballou High […]

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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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Teaching Central America for Latinx Heritage Month — and All Year Long

For Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we encourage educators to address topics that are often left out of the textbook. In particular, we encourage educators to explore and teach about Central America. More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the lack of resources on Central American heritage in most […]

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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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