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 will be hand-selling their favorite books in independent bookstores around the country. On November 30th, as part of the Indies First Movement, George Pelecanos and Natalie Hopkinson will be recommending 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.
The following article by Courtland Milloy was published by the Washington Post on August 27, 2013. Milloy quotes Teaching for Change’s Executive Director, Deborah Menkart, and references the March on Washington interactive quiz and a lesson plan that Teaching for Change prepared as resources to help teach about every day heroes and the struggle for justice. Read more.
In celebration of what would have been Howard Zinn’s 91st birthday on August 24, 2013, we are thrilled to share this collection of personal remembrances from Zinn’s students at Spelman College in Atlanta and Boston University.
Howard Zinn’s deep love for people weaves through these stories—-along with his desire to honor their experiences, their struggles, and their successes. Read more.
Location: Busboys and Poets, 14th & V
How would your families describe their neighborhood?
Would teachers see it the same way?
In an article for ASCD’s Education Leadership, noted family engagement expert and author of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, Anne Henderson, challenges school leaders to build strong relationships with their families over the summer months by planning a Community Walk… Read more.
One of our favorite authors, Tufts professor Peniel Joseph, spoke on the Colbert Report on June 25 about the importance of Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in the context of colorblind racism and the history of the civil rights movement. Read more.
This spring, a coalition of parents, teachers and administrators rallied outside Roseville Avenue Elementary School to protest the school’s slated closing at the end of the academic year. Roseville Avenue School, in Newark, New Jersey, is housed in a 130 year-old building. It has no gym, no auditorium, and no air conditioning. In the past three years, critical teaching positions at Roseville were cut, including a lead science teacher and a bi-lingual teacher. Read more.
“I learned that history is everywhere and that by coming to DC to teach people about our town’s Civil Rights Movement history, we made our own history.” – Diamond
“Our documentary on SNCC and the voting rights struggle in McComb will be shown permanently at the African American Civil War Museum to visitors from around the world. I can confidently say that we accomplished what we came here to do.” – Zaccheus Read more.
After nine years at Orr Elementary (DCPS) in Washington, D.C.’s historic Fairlawn neighborhood, principal Michelle Edwards has retired to forge a new path in her career. Three years ago, Mrs. Edwards invited the Tellin’ Stories Project of Teaching for Change to partner with Orr Elementary and develop a comprehensive family engagement program. She worked closely with Teaching for Change’s parent organizers and Orr’s staff, teachers, and parents to build a welcoming, inclusive… Read more.
Teaching for Change is honored to be one of the groups presenting in the upcoming BLACK HISTORY 360º 4th Annual Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library Summer Education Institute, July 15-19, 2013. During the seminar, teachers and scholars from across the country engage in lectures, workshops, curriculum labs, curator talks and community walks that explore the history and cultures of African Americans and African peoples… Read more.
Teaching for Change adviser Enid Lee described her recent experience in an elementary school classroom with Cree and Ojibwe First Nations students in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was asked to address controversial issues, and selected the contemporary Canadian-based grassroots movement Idle No More that “calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water.” Founded in 2012, Idle No More directly responds… Read more.
Teaching for Change is honored to serve as a Lincoln Legacy Project partner for the Ford’s Theatre production of The Laramie Project in fall 2013. On the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death,The Laramie Project is a powerful and moving chronicle of how Matthew’s murder became a watershed moment in America. Ford’s Theatre announced that the Theatre’s 2013-2014 season will open with a new production of The Laramie Project, 15 years after the killing of Wyoming college student… Read more.
Keep Stories of Resistance at the Forefront: Enid Lee on Talking with Students About School Closings
In the face of Chicago Board of Education plans to close 50 public schools—teachers, parents, and students have rallied to protest what Chicago Teachers’ Union president Karen Lewis describes as a “scorched earth policy.” Teaching for Change adviser Enid Lee offers her insight on the significance of the current activism surrounding the closures. Lee recommends that when teaching young people about the school closings in Chicago and other cities, the resistance and activism… Read more.
You are invited to an event featuring the new book Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7-9 pm. Presentation: Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS). Welcome: Frank Smith, Director of the African American Civil War Museum. Speakers: Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner and Cheryl Reitan. Read more.
Please join us for a special reception for students and their teachers from McComb, Mississippi on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm at the African American Civil War Museum . Sixteen students and their teachers from McComb will be in D.C. for the National History Day (NHD) competition. This is the second time McComb has participated in National History Day. They won at the state level and now they are coming to DC for the national competition. One of their entries… Read more.
Do you love listening to StoryCorps? We do. And so will your students. StoryCorps U is looking for teacher and/or whole high school partners in Washington, DC. Here is a an overview of what they offer including a 29-unit curriculum, training, and coaching. The curriculum makes great use of StoryCorps’ database of 45,000 interviews, drawing on stories that can be connected to a range of topics in your curriculum. The curriculum is also designed to promote peer listening and… Read more.