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Students Awarded for Local Mississippi History Projects

On February 22, 2014, the second Local Mississippi History Awards were given at the Mississippi History Day competition at USM-Hattiesburg. The goal of the award is to deepen student appreciation of and exploration of the untold stories and role of “everyday people” in local Mississippi history, using the National History Day competition as an incentive and a focus for student projects. …

D.C. Teachers: Take to the Stage

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, SpeakeasyDC and Teaching for Change will premier After-School Special: A Night of True Stories By and About Educators on May 9 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. If you are a D.C. teacher, administrator, parent, or student with an equity/social justice story about working with students, or a teacher, or other school staff …

Created Equal Film Series

    ‘Slavery by Another Name’ February 20 Guest speaker Mary Ellen Curtin, American University ‘The Loving Story’ March 6 Guest speakers from Dwight Draughon Jr., Howard University Law School ‘Freedom Riders’ April 8 Guest speaker Freedom Rider Joan Mulholland The National Endowment of the Humanities established the Created Equal film series to mark the historic anniversaries …

Pete Seeger, Presente!

On January 27, 2014, the beloved musician, activist, and environmentalist Pete Seeger passed away.  His influence will carry on for generations to come. The breadth of his work and connections is extraordinary including Freedom Summer, the labor movement, the Weavers, the Hudson River, the peace movement, Paul Robeson, and much more. Seeger inspired countless young people …

2013 Highlights

Turning the Tables on Parent Engagement Teaching for Change supported the participation of parents, teachers, and students at the immigrant rights rally at the Capitol in April. Opening Doors to Local Activist History We were honored to work with students in McComb, Mississippi who produced a film on the voting rights struggle in their town for a …

Doing Justice to Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Young Children

By Amy Rothschild Early childhood educators often struggle with the question of how to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in a way that is developmentally appropriate, focused, and accurate. Two challenges arise in teaching about King: the first is effectively communicating historical information to young children, and the second is adequately representing the diversity, breadth, …

Teaching for Change fellow Amy Rothschild raises a key question about universal pre-K

What will early childhood education look like in New York in coming years? New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed citywide universal pre-K, funded by a tax the state legislature would have to approve. Then, in his recent 2014 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo baffled political observers by proposing a …