Teaching About the #NoDAPL Water Protectors

One of the greatest organizing efforts to protect land, human rights, and the future of this planet is taking place in North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux, joined now by members of more than 200 other Native American tribes and other allies, are taking a stand to oppose the Dakota Access pipeline, which threatens to […]

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Back to School with New Social Justice Books

This summer we’ve had a chance to check out some new titles for elementary, middle, and high school students. We share them here with you. We also encourage you to join us in following the Reading While White (RWW) blog. In celebration of their first anniversary, RWW will review an #OwnVoices title each day for the […]

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Athletes, Protest, and Patriotism

Update: On May 23, 2018, the National Football League announced it will fine teams if players refuse to stand for the national anthem before games, but that players will be allowed to stay in the locker room during the anthem. Since 2016, dozens of players have knelt during the anthem to protest police shootings of […]

Teaching about Elections

This year’s presidential election is filling the airwaves with hate speech, both subtle and overt. While shocking and scary, it is sadly not new. Institutionalized racism, classism, sexism, and xenophobia have permeated elections throughout U.S. history. To help provide that historical context, we share below some lessons, articles, and books for the classroom about elections and […]

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Américas Award 2016 Ceremony and Workshop

D.C. area educators and librarians: Don’t miss the 2016 Américas Awards  K-12 teacher dinner workshop with renowned authors Alma Flor Ada and Ashley Hope Perez on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6:15 – 8:30pm. A $25 registration fee includes the workshop, handouts, a delicious dinner, and one of the award-winning books. The event will be held at the Mulebone Restaurant (2121 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009). The workshop […]

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Why I Volunteered at Teaching for Change

By Andy Grayson My name is Andy Grayson and I am a third grade classroom teacher in Alexandria, Virginia. This summer I began volunteering with Teaching for Change, an organization that I became familiar with after attending a district workshop focused on incorporating accurate Central American history into classroom curricula. I attended the workshop in […]

My Third Graders Love Reading “Wilfredo”

Third grade teacher Andy Grayson wrote to tell us that he was thrilled to share Wilfredo: Un niño de El Salvador/A Boy from El Salvador with his students. He learned about the free downloadable book in a Teaching for Change workshop sponsored by the Alexandria City Public Schools. Here is what Grayson told us about why Wilfredo is […]

G is for Gentrification

Breaking Barriers of Race, Class, and Language in Schools In Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, public schools that served predominantly low-income students and students of color are seeing massive demographic shifts as wealthier and more formally educated families are attracted to the school neighborhoods. Gentrification can add to the challenges traditionally marginalized families—namely those from Black, […]

Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching “Climate Justice”

By Bill Bigelow Posted on Huffington Post | July 16, 2016 In May, the Portland, Oregon school board passed the country’s first comprehensive “climate justice” resolution. The school board voted unanimously to “abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its […]

Third Graders Assess and Improve Diversity of Classroom Library

By Jeremy Manger As part of our larger social justice project, my third grade students at High Tech Elementary North County in San Marcos, California completed an investigation into the diversity of our classroom library. Our investigation question was: How diverse is our classroom library? The class decided to examine the library, creating groups of books based […]

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