D.C. Area Social Justice Teachers
D.C. Teachers for Change
Teaching for Change is pleased to announce that we are launching a new initiative to help build and nurture a network of social justice teachers 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 wonderful social justice educators in the D.C. area, and we are long overdue for a network to offer support, engagement, and learning opportunities.
We hosted two meetings in the spring with D.C. area social justice educators to discuss ideas and dreams for the network, and activities that would help strengthen and deepen social justice teaching in the D.C. metro area. Teacher activist Faye Colon will coordinate this initiative. Here are some of the activities we hope to facilitate in the 2017-18 school year:
- Stories from Our Classrooms, our writing and publishing course for social justice teachers
- Coordinating special guest visitors to classrooms (e.g.) SNCC veterans, documentary filmmakers, go-go musicians
- Workshops for social justice teachers
- Information on professional development, travel, and funding opportunities of interest
- Engaging teachers in field testing new social justice lessons
- A speaker series on issues in education, with time for group discussion that may grow into curriculum work groups
- A topic series (e.g.) Growing pressure to take AP classes, restorative justice practices, how to prepare students to lead a workshop at the Food Justice summit, etc.
- Inquiry to Action Groups which will study a topic and together create action around the area of study
- Peer classroom visits
- Social activities
- Sharing stories about D.C. area teachers and students
- 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.