As an educator and a parent, I need children’s books that represent the diversity of my children, students, and our community. This is easier said than done. Data collected by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center indicates that from 2011-2013 only 10% of children’s books were about people of color despite the fact that 37% of the U.S. population are people of color. That means that more than 90% of all children’s book published in the United States feature white characters or animals… Read more.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, SpeakeasyDC and Teaching for Change will premier After-School Special: A Night of True Stories By & About Educators on May 7 and May 9 at Atlas Performing Arts Center located at 1333 H St. NE. If you are a teacher, administrator, parent, student, involved in the schools in any way and have an equity/social justice story about working with students, or a teacher or other school staff person, please pitch your story here. Read more.
The National Endowment of the Humanities has launched the Creating Equal Film series to mark the historic anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. As the NEH explains, “The Created Equal project uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in the United States. The films that are part of this project tell the remarkable stories of individuals… Read more.
On January 27, 2014, the beloved musician, activist, and environmentalist Pete Seegerpassed away. His influence will carry on for generations to come. The breadth of his work and connections is extraordinary including Freedom Summer, the labor movement, the Weavers, the Hudson River, the peace movement, Paul Robeson, and much more. Read more.
During a book talk for Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, historian Peniel E. Joseph critiqued how textbooks typically invite students to contrast Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as if they were polar opposites. We share this excerpt from Joseph’s talk in light of the news that a Queens, New York 4th grade class was told that Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) could not be included in their Black History Month assignment. Read more.
As Professor Michael Bamidele Adeyemi of the University of Botswana suggests, “Americans believe that Africa is a country, that Africa is ‘still uncivilized,’ that the average African is polygamous, and that Africa is not urbanized.” In fact, the African continent encompasses a diverse set of more than 50 nations, each made up of a variety of urban and rural cultures, lifestyles and socioeconomic realities. Rates of urbanization in Africa are the highest in the world. By 2025, more than half of the African… Read more.
Robert Wickesberg made a donation to Teaching for Change in honor of his wife, educator and activist Dr. Susan E. Noffke. Noffke died after a long battle with cancer on June 1, 2013. She had been an incredible educator and generous supporter of Teaching for Change for many years. Read more.
2013 Highlights include turning the tables on parent engagement, opening doors to local activist history, putting the movement back into civil rights teaching, hosting author events for the community and educators in D.C., bringing people’s history to the classroom, and much more. Read more.
Early childhood educators often struggle with the question of how to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in a way that is developmentally appropriate, focused, and accurate. Two challenges arise in teaching about King: the first is effectively communicating historical information to young children, and the second is adequately representing the diversity, breadth, and collective nature of the civil rights movement. Read more.
What will early childhood education look like in New York in coming years? New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed citywide universal pre-K, funded by a tax the state legislature would have to approve. Then, in his recent 2014 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo baffled political observers by proposing a plan even more ambitious than de Blasio’s—statewide full-day prekindergarten—while remaining silent on funding, even reaffirming his commitment to cutting… Read more.
Mandela, the beautifully illustrated children’s book by Kadir Nelson, has been selected as one of the top books on Nelson Mandela by many groups including Colorlines and Kirkus Reviews. Given Kadir Nelson’s talents and strong reputation as a children’s book author and illustrator, Mandela is likely to become a staple in libraries and classrooms. One look at the cover and it is easy to see why the book is so popular. Kadir Nelson’s illustrations are stunning and the world is… Read more.
Here are a few of our favorite books from 2013 for children, young adults, and adults. All of these titles would make great gifts for friends, family, and/or yourself. Visit our Teaching for Change bookstore in D.C. at Busboys and Poets (14th and V) to find many more wonderful 2013 titles. Remember, wherever you choose to purchase these books, support an independent bookstore. Read more.
Teaching for Change offers a number of resources for free access by classroom teachers. These include: Put Central America on the Map in Schools: Lessons and poetry for K-12 on Central American history and culture, People’s History: In collaboration with Rethinking Schools, Teaching for Change offers more than 100 people’s history lessons on our Zinn Education Project website, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching, the companion website for our book… Read more.
Saturday, November 30th, 2:00-5:00PM
In a grassroots movement launched by author Sherman Alexie, more than 900 authors handhold their favorite books in independent bookstores around the country on November 30th. As part of the Indies First Movement, George Pelecanos and Natalie Hopkinson recommended their favorite titles in Teaching for Change’s Bookstore at Busboys and Poets. Read more.
On November 2, guests enjoyed hot fruit cider, middle eastern pastries, minestrone soup, and great company at Kate Tindle’s 9th annual house party in Alexandria, Virginia for Teaching for Change. About 40 people came to learn about and support the work of Teaching for Change. In a brief formal presentation, Tindle welcomed the guests with her new hat as board chair. She then introduced Teaching for Change executive director Deborah Menkart who shared photos and video highlights… Read more.
Book Review by Derrick Weston Brown
In most children’s books about the history of Hip-Hop, there’s often one figure who has continuously been relegated to the background, even though he’s the architect of the sound from which Hip-Hop was born. Clive Campbell, also known as DJ Kool Herc, finally gets his time in the spotlight in Laban Carrick Hill’s children’s book, When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop. Read more.
Teaching for Change staff member, parent organizer America Calderon, will receive the “Dedication Award” for her work with families in schools on October 17, 2013 at the GALA Theater. The award will be presented by the Mayors’s Office on Latino Affairs. We hope you can join us at this special event. Read more.
Many believe that history is inevitable. However, the stories that make it into the public awareness are ones deemed worthy by those in power. Award-winning journalist Simeon Booker worked to change this status quo by unveiling the hidden stories of blacks killed in the Deep South during the civil rights movement. Teaching for Change was honored to celebrate the career and legacy of Mr. Booker during the author event… Read more.
Teaching for Change was honored to present a half day workshop at the Black History 360º 4th Annual Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Summer Education Institute on July 16, 2013. Our workshop,“Teaching the Movement: Lessons from 1963 and 1964,” included some of our signature activities such as “Big Shoes to Fill” and we introduced a new lesson on Mississippi voting rights activist and martyr Medgar Evers. The Schomburg Center provided all 60 teacher participants…Read more.
On this 50th anniversary, Teaching for Change co-hosted, with Americans Who Tell the Truth, an event to commemorate Kennard’s life and legacy on November 14, 2013 at Busboys and Poets. The event included presentations by special guests such as noted SNCC veteransDorie and Joyce Ladner, activist comedian Dick Gregory, the Split This Rock DC Youth Slam Team, University of Southern Mississippi Dean of Students Eddie Holloway, and Khyla D. Craine from… Read more.
This summer Teaching for Change welcomed a dynamic team of volunteers: Truman Scholars Anne Preston and Charity Porotesano, Swarthmore Social Action Award Intern Shelly Wen, and University of Chicago Human Rights Program Intern Elizabeth Behrens. Here are just some of the ways in which they advanced our work by leaps and bounds: developed a slide show and added bios to the Ask Me About campaign on Central America, added key events to the “this day in history” album…Read more.
For the 12th year, the Hurston/Wright Foundation will host its premiere award ceremony that recognizes the creativity, diversity and excellence of writers of African descent on Friday, October 25, 2013. Teaching for Change is pleased to promote this special event and the award-winning books and authors. The 12th Annual Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, named for American literary giants, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright…Read more.
Here is a special Teaching for Change shout out to two institutions – the Georgetown Day School Equity Collaborative and the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) ELL Office—for introducing their teachers to progressive multicultural literature. They have partnered with us to help select titles for their classrooms. By ordering from Teaching for Change, they have helped to sustain the careful selection of progressive titles in our bookstore in DC and on our webstore. Read more.
We are happy to announce that Peabody award winning producer Dr. Judi Moore Latta made a donation to Teaching for Change in honor of her parents, Oscar and LaVerne Moore. Latta explained that the donation is in their memory because they are “two extraordinary teachers who believed in helping to change the world.” They are pictured in the photo to the left, when they were courting 72 years ago, as young faculty members at St. Paul’s College in Virginia. Read more.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
6:30-8:45 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V
As part of our “Ask Me About 1963: Beyond I Have a Dream” campaign, Teaching for Change will co-host a conversation with Bob Moses and Taylor Branch about the Freedom Movement of 1963 and 1964. In his young adult life, Bob Moses was a pivotal organizer for the civil rights movement as field secretary… Read more.
In its fourth year as a Teaching for Change partner school, Orr Elementary [DCPS] is no stranger to the Welcome Back Breakfast. But with a brand new principal—and a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama, Shaquille O’Neal, Dominique Dawes, and Allyson Felix as part of the national “Let’s Move” program—their 2013-2014 school year is already off to a unique start. The energy continued at Orr’s Welcome Back Family Breakfast, sponsored by the Parent Center and Monday Moms… Read more.
Thanks to historian Dr. Ida E. Jones, the words and wisdom of Mary McLeod Bethune opened up to a full house at Busboys and Poets for the mid-August discussion of her new book, Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.: Activism and Education in Logan Circle. Jones, president of the Association of Black Women Historians, described how educator Mary McLeod Bethune organized and represented thousands of women with the National Council of Negro Women when she moved to Washington, DC… Read more.