Teaching for Change and the Smithsonian

In March, Teaching for Change had the honor of presenting workshops in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the Anacostia Community Museum to introduce teachers to major exhibits at both museums. Why Treaties Matter | National Museum of the American Indian | March 18, 2017 The NMAI teacher workshop, “Why Treaties […]

Arkansas Bill Attempts to Ban Books by Zinn in Schools

As reported in the Arkansas Times, pending legislation would prohibit any publicly supported schools in Arkansas “from including in its curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn.” The bill, submitted by Representative Kim Hendren (R), can be read in full here. This is not the first attempt to […]

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Why We Can Be Hopeful

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veteran and chairperson of the SNCC Legacy Project Courtland Cox shared with Teaching for Change why we can be hopeful in these political times. Cox said, “A divided America is a good thing.” Listen to this seven minute video clip to hear why.     Here are more quotes by Cox […]

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Documenting the History of Phenix High School

Teaching for Change is pleased to have helped the George P. Phenix High School Alumni Association create their website, phenixhighstory.org. Our web designer, Mykella Palmer-McCalla, worked with the alumni association to design and build the site. Phenix High School was founded by the Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) to educate Black students in preparation for college. The […]

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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 […]

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