Author Zetta Elliott to Middle Schoolers: The World Needs Your Stories

On Friday, February 10, 2017, author Zetta Elliott captivated nearly 100 middle school students at D.C.’s LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (DCPS) with her stories about coming of age, the foster care system, friendship, addiction, mystery, and more. Teaching for Change arranged the visit to LaSalle-Backus, a partner school for the Tellin’ Stories parent organizing project. Elliott’s […]

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 […]

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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How Discrimination Shapes Parent-Teacher Communication

A new study suggests race and immigrant status are determining factors in whether or not an educator will reach out to a student’s family. This article by Melinda D. Anderson was originally featured in The Atlantic on November 15, 2016. The photo below is from the day-to-day work of Teaching for Change in schools in the D.C. metro […]

G is for Gentrification

Breaking Barriers of Race, Class, and Language in Schools In Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, public schools that served predominantly low-income students and students of color are seeing massive demographic shifts as wealthier and more formally educated families are attracted to the school neighborhoods. Gentrification can add to the challenges traditionally marginalized families—namely those from Black, […]

D.C. Parent Organizing Featured in 2016 AERA Conference Offsite Visits

April 20, 2016 With the 100th annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) national conference and its theme “Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies”  visiting Washington, D.C. this year, Teaching for Change partnered twice with local researchers and education organizers to give conference attendees a glimpse of the parent organizing and family engagement work happening locally. On Saturday, […]

Early Steps for a Parent Leader

Teresa Rodriguez is a parent at Teaching for Change partner school LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (DCPS), a school that has seen a rapidly growing Latino population in a historically black community in Northeast D.C. Teresa came to story quilting sessions and parent meetings led by Teaching for Change during the 2014-2015 school year and started to […]

Principal Chit Chats Boost School Success

On October 2, 2015, Principal Carmen Shepherd of Thomson Elementary (DCPS) weaved excitedly around the tables in the crowded room, calling on parents at different tables. “Eighty-five percent!” one table responded. “Ninety-nine percent!” exclaimed another. In both English and in Spanish, proud parents aimed high with their goals for the percentage of students they hope […]

Parent Advocacy Wins Six New After School Positions

Erika Merino*, a parent at Teaching for Change partner school Bruce Monroe Elementary at Park View (BMPV), a D.C. public elementary school, had high hopes after leaving a meeting about after school programming with other parents, school staff, and DCPS officials just before the Thanksgiving break. A working mother of three (two elementary and a […]

Teaching for Change Featured in Education Week and Think Progress

Teaching for Change’s nationally recognized family engagement project, Tellin’ Stories, was featured in stories in Education Week and ThinkProgress in the fall of 2015. Education Week interviewed Principal Shawn Hintz of Mt. Rainier Elementary, a public school in Prince George’s County, Maryland, about how the school’s relationship with parents has changed since partnering with Teaching for […]

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