Teaching for Change in 2018
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Changing the Narrative About the Civil Rights Movement
Teaching for Change partnered with Duke University and the SNCC Legacy Project to lead a NEH teacher institute, The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives. Classroom teachers from across the country learned from scholars and SNCC veterans including Barbara Ransby, Hasan Jeffries, Charlie Cobb, Judy Richardson, and many more.
We also launched a new version of our website CivilRightsTeaching.org.
D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools
Teaching About Central America
Social Justice Books
We created and piloted seven lessons as part of our Challenge Islamophobia project. The lessons will be available online for free download in 2019.
Anti-Bias Early Childhood Education
Parent Organizing and Engagement
Our Tellin’ Stories parent engagement project published a Parent Organization Equity and Inclusion Tool, a self-guided tool designed to help parent organizations (PTAs/PTOs) disrupt practices that support racism, classism, and other –isms. The Tellin’ Stories project works directly in five D.C. schools and with three additional schools through our Race, Equity, and Family Engagement training series.
Telling the Story of the VIA
We helped launch The Story of the Virginia Interscholastic Association (VIA) website in collaboration with Virginia State University and the VIA Heritage Association (VIAHA). The website is designed to preserve the rich heritage and legacy of African-American students and adults who participated in the Virginia Interscholastic Association from 1954-70 and its predecessor organization the Virginia Interscholastic Association League (VIAL). The goal is to work with VIA alumni to add more first-person stories, primary documents, and narratives.
Stories Added to the Howard Zinn Website
We continued to add new content to HowardZinn.org, a website managed by Teaching for Change on behalf of the Howard Zinn Trust. We alerted visitors to the new book Howard Zinn’s Southern Diary: Sit-Ins, Civil Rights, and Black Women’s Student Activism and the new edition of Zinn’s autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
Making the Work Possible
Our work continues to be supported by generous individuals and foundation grants, including the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Communities for Just Schools Fund, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, O’Neill Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our Challenging Islamophobia project received support from the Betty Lee & Dudley P. Digges Memorial Fund, the Emergent Fund, a partnership between Solidaire Network, Women Donors Network, Threshold Foundation, and the Democracy Alliance, and individual donors. Teaching for Change is in year three of its designation by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as “one of the best” charities in Washington, D.C.
In the News
Teaching for Change was featured in The Washington Post, Edutopia, The Guardian, YES! Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine online, AL DÍA News, Rising Up with Sonali, Think Progress, School Library Journal, NEA Today, INQUISITR, Rethinking Schools, The Root, Teaching Tolerance, and the Hechinger Report.
Zinn Education Project was featured in The Washington Post, The Nation, Nonprofit Quarterly, Hechinger Report, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), and NPR’s 1A.
In 2018, many people who fought for freedom and informed our work passed away. These include Ira Berlin, Anthony Bourdain, Linda Brown, James Cone, Dorothy Cotton, Ron Dellums, Aretha Franklin, Hari Jones, Ursula K. Le Guin, Chuck McDew, Devah Pager, Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Ntozake Shange, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Wyatt Tee Walker, Nancy Wilson, and many more.
We will continue to walk in their footsteps to create a world with peace and justice.
December 11, 2018