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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Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.

Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism… Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. —Dr. Martin Luther King   […]

Resistance 101: A Lesson on Social Justice Activists and Strategies

Teaching for Change created “Resistance 101” to help young people move from dismay to creative action that can win real change. This innovative lesson plan, launched in January 2017 to coincide with the inauguration, helps students recognize their power to challenge injustice. The lesson introduces them to people throughout history, including many young people, who […]

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Inauguration Day Social Justice Teach-In

For Inauguration Day 2017, let’s hold teach-ins at schools across the country. Teachers in New York are organizing a day to #TeachResistance. The Ethnic Studies program at Lewis & Clark College is holding a teach-in to learn, discuss, and act. In her keynote at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), noted educator Linda Darling-Hammond said, […]

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Be Proud of Who You Are

“The day after the election, students were in tears,” explained DCPS principal O’Kiyyah Lyons-Lucas. “Several parents have asked me to become the guardian of their children if they are sent out of this country.” Lyons-Lucas reaffirmed the school’s commitment to supporting each child, but she could not assure the families that they would be safe. […]

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