Teaching Radical Hope and Resistance

The young people marching near our office in D.C. (and around the country) have given us what author Junot Díaz describes as “radical hope.”  They also have given us tens of thousands of reasons to carry on. We offer resources below for the classroom that address key issues such as respectful school environments, examining the […]

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Wind Me Up Maria: A Go-Go Musical

We were overjoyed to hear that one of the students from a “Teach the Beat” class, Myiah Smith, is the star of the new musical, “Wind Me Up Maria: A Go-Go Musical.” High school teacher Bill Stevens wrote to tell us that Smith, now at Georgetown University, learned a lot from reading The Beat and from […]

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Between Families and Schools: Creating Meaningful Relationships

New Guide Helps Public Schools Better Partner with Families Teaching for Change is pleased to announce a new edition of Between Families and Schools: Building Meaningful Relationships. The publication addresses two key questions facing schools today: “How do we get more parents involved in our schools?” and “How do we enhance collaboration and communication between […]

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Stories from Our Classrooms 2016

On Sunday, October 16, 2016, twenty D.C. area teachers gathered for the first session of Stories from our Classrooms 2016-2017, an annual course offered by Teaching for Change. The goals for this course are for teacher participants to deepen their own practice, build community among D.C. area social justice educators, and to contribute to the all-too-scarce […]

African American Art and History

Teaching for Change was honored to partner with the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) for Art and the African American Experience, a program for teachers in celebration of the 2016 grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on October 13, 2016. The goal of the evening was to share classroom lessons on African American art […]

Civil Rights Teaching Book Donors

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the new edition of Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching. Champions Timothy Jenkins will match donations up to $10,000. Please help us meet this goal. Rights and Opportunities Foundation Advocates Donald and Patricia Clausen Myla Kabat-Zinn Patrick Newcomb Jr Nzinga Tull Carmen Wolf and Mike Bauman […]

“One of the Best Nonprofits” According to Catalogue for Philanthropy

We are pleased to announce that the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Teaching for Change for the 2016-2017 catalog. The mission of the Catalogue is “to create strong and vibrant communities by connecting caring citizens with worthy community causes.” The Catalogue is distributed to tens of thousands of potential donors each year. Having just celebrated […]

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KidsPost Says Slavery was a “Mistake”

The September 14 edition of the KidsPost featured an article on Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who are taking a knee during the National Anthem. While we commend the Washington Post for addressing this topic in the kid’s section of their paper, their approach mis-educates the reader. Here is the explanation by Fred Bowen in the KidsPost […]

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A People’s Collection and Narrative: NMAAHC

The board and staff of Teaching for Change offer our profound respect and heartfelt appreciation to everyone who worked tirelessly and against all odds to build the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander explains why the museum is so vitally important, African American history in fact stands at the center of American history. This country cannot […]

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Abolish Columbus Day Campaign

As the school year begins, an inspiring struggle is playing out in North Dakota. Led by the Standing Rock Sioux, Indigenous people from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico are gathering to oppose the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River. Dave Archambault, chairperson of the Standing Rock […]

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