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 […]

D.C. Sanctuary School Letter Signers

On February 14, 2017, Teaching for Change, whose constituents include D.C. educators and immigrant families, sent a proposal addressed to Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, and other D.C. officials requesting that DC Public Schools and LEAs adopt sanctuary/safe zone policies. Following are additional organizations and individuals who have signed onto the letter. To […]

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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. […]

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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D.C. Teachers Launch Stories from Our Classrooms

Fourteen D.C. area teachers gathered on Sunday afternoon (October 25) to write stories from their classrooms. This was the first session in a year-long course launched by Teaching for Change. As a result of writing and reflecting together, teacher participants will deepen their own practice, build community among D.C. area social justice educators, and contribute […]

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Students Overjoyed to Learn About Go-Go

On September 17, John Buchanan visited two of Kerry Sylvia’s D.C. history classes at School Without Walls (DCPS). In advance of the lesson, students participated in an introductory activity called “Meet the Beat” about go-go. This visit was one of many by noted go-go performers and scholars that took place at schools across Washington, D.C. Here are some […]

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Thank You to Our Teach the Beat Donors

Through the generous support of individual donors, Teaching for Change will continue to bring go-go into D.C. area classrooms. From June through September, Teaching for Change brought go-go performers and scholars to provide in-school coaching to D.C. public and public charter students of all ages as part of a special grant from the D.C. Commission on the […]

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Bring Go-Go into D.C. Area Classrooms

This fall, Teaching for Change is bringing renowned go-go performers to D.C. classrooms to coach and mentor K-12 students as part of our  Teach the Beat project. Students have the unique opportunity to ask questions and perform with expert guidance. To date, fifteen classrooms  have been scheduled to receive visits from go-go performers through a grant from […]

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Go-Go Performers Coach Next Generation in D.C. Classrooms

What an experience to see renowned go-go musicians coaching and mentoring students in D.C. classrooms. Students perform with expert guidance, ask questions, and wear out the performers with requests for photos and autographs before they leave. Meanwhile, the go-go performers share their talents with the younger generation and gain new-found respect for the dedication and hard […]

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An Outside Perspective on a Tellin’ Stories School

Just after the start of the school day on June 5, 2015, more than 20 parents gathered in the large meeting room to share their triumphs and challenges from the 2014-2015 school year at Thomson Elementary’s (DCPS) final Parent-Principal Chit Chat for the school year. The hour long breakfast meetings were established three years ago through […]

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