Indigenous People’s Day Curriculum Night

More than thirty teachers gathered on October 2, 2017 for an Indigenous People’s Curriculum Night at Busboys and Poets. Hosted by D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice, the event began with a “people bingo” activity that provided educators from various schools and organizations an opportunity to meet and get to know one another. Through a […]

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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 for Social Justice Advisers

These are the teacher advisers for the launch year (2017-2018) of the D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice. They were selected to represent pre-school to high school (with one teacher educator) and to include the voices of educators from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The advisers have met to set the direction for the network, they […]

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Sanctuary Schools Resolution in D.C.

**UPDATE on March 7, 2017**  The Deputy Mayor for Education responded to our proposal for sanctuary schools in D.C. Teaching for Change staff and our allies agreed the response was inadequate. We acknowledged the response and will continue to discuss next steps with immigrant-led groups, students, educators, families, and advocates for sanctuary policies across the District. […]

History in Our Families

Ms. Edna McIntyre worked at the Bureau of Engraving for more than 30 years and worked part time as a hairdresser. She attended Madame Walker’s Beauty School.

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Wilfredo: Un niño de El Salvador/A Boy from El Salvador

Wilfredo: Un niño de El Salvador/A Boy from El Salvador is a 45-page bilingual book for children about the experiences of a 12-year-old boy in San Francisco who immigrated to the United States when he was 10. Here is an excerpt from the book: When I was six, [my friend] Victor moved to the United […]

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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, […]

Schools Welcome Parents as Partners with Academic Classroom Visits

Heads turn and whispers fly as a small group of parents quietly file into the back of a second grade classroom in the middle of a reading lesson at LaSalle Backus Education Campus. The poised teacher at the front has already told the young students to expect some special visitors, so it’s easy to refocus […]

Closed for Learning: The Impact of School Closures on Students and Communities

By Zanso Dalili “A society that does not take care of its children is a morally bankrupt society,” said Judith Browne Dianis as she highlighted complaints filed against school districts in Chicago and New Orleans over cutting staff, programs, resources, and the closing of “failing” public schools. On Thursday, December 10,  the Journey for Justice […]

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