D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice
Teaching for Change has launched a new initiative to help build and nurture a network of social justice educators in the D.C. metro area.
We have been inspired by the work of NYCORE, Teachers for Social Justice, NW Teachers for Social Justice, and more across the country. There are many social justice educators in the D.C. area, and we are long overdue for a network to offer support, engagement, and learning opportunities.
D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice is a network of educators who seek to strengthen and deepen social justice teaching. We are community of mutual support for educators to collaborate on curriculum, professional learning, and activism. We challenge systems of oppression through anti-bias, anti-racist, and multicultural education. We work with students, families, and other educators in and outside of our classrooms to create a more just and equitable world.
Teacher activist Faye Colon coordinates this initiative. Here are some of the activities we will facilitate this school year:
- Working groups on a particular curricular or education issue.
- Speaker series on issues in social justice education or history, with time for group discussion that may grow into curriculum work groups.
- Workshops and focus groups on topics such as how to prepare students to lead a workshop at the Food Justice summit, bilingual children’s literature, SNCC.
- E-newsletter with classroom stories and information on professional development, travel, and funding opportunities.
- Social activities such as trivia nights.
- Special guest visitors to classrooms (e.g.) SNCC veterans, documentary filmmakers, go-go musicians.
- Field testing new social justice lessons
- Mobilization to respond to key issues affecting D.C. area students and teachers (eg) gentrification, police brutality/reform, LGBTQIA
- Peer classroom visits
- Stories from Our Classrooms alumni series.
- and much more
We encourage interested D.C. area educators to sign up for our email list to stay informed about upcoming opportunities.
This work is made possible through a grant from the Communities for Just Schools Fund and A Taste of Salt Fund.