D.C. Area Teachers for Social Justice
Teaching for Change is pleased to announce that we have launched 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 social justice educators in the D.C. area, and we are long overdue for a network to offer support, engagement, and learning opportunities.
Working Mission Statement:
D.C. Area Teachers for Social Justice is a network of educators who seek to strengthen and deepen social justice teaching. We are building a network of mutual support for teachers to collaborate on curriculum, professional learning, and activism.
Teacher activist Faye Colon will coordinate this initiative. Here are some of the activities we hope to facilitate in the upcoming school year:
- Share information on professional development, travel, and funding opportunities of interest
- Working Groups to focus on a particular topic of focus (eg) curriculum development, family engagement
- Activist Groups to work together on issues affecting D.C. area students and teachers (eg) gentrification, police bruatility/reform, LGBTQIA
- Speaker series on issues in education
- Workshops for social justice teachers
- Social activities
- Coordinate special guest visitors to classrooms (e.g.) SNCC veterans, documentary filmmakers, go-go musicians
- Engage teachers in field testing new social justice lessons
- 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.
- Peer classroom visits
- Sharing stories about D.C. area teachers and students
- Stories from Our Classrooms, our writing and publishing course for social justice teachers (fall 2018)
- 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.