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Middle School’s Students Learn From the History of D.C. Activism

As part of their community engagement program, every year at Sidwell Friends School, PK-12 students and faculty collaborate with nonprofit organizations that focus on a range of social justice issues. On November 2, 2017, prior to visiting their community partners, Sidwell School faculty provided seventh and eighth grade students with a day to learn more …

Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity

This interactive lesson introduces participants to Black Muslims in U.S. history through a meet-and-greet activity. The lesson empowers participants to combat Islamophobia by sharing stories that challenge unidimensional caricatures of Muslims. The lesson raises up voices we rarely hear in the media when we talk about Islam and Muslims — Black Muslims. The meet-and-greet personalities …

California Charitable Foundation Supports Our Project Countering Islamophobia

Thank you to Muhannad Malas and the California Charitable Foundation for the commitment of $10,000 to help launch “Islamophobia: a people’s history teaching guide” and related professional development. Rather than focusing on details of Islamic beliefs and rituals, the Islamophobia teaching guide will make connections between Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, and anti-immigrant racism, investigating the history of …

Teaching Central America Workshops in D.C.

The majority of Latino students in DC schools have Central American heritage. However, their history and literature is largely absent from the curriculum. Thanks to support from the DCPS Language Acquisition Office, Teaching for Change offered free workshops on Central America during Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month. Faye Colon, coordinator of teacher engagement and professional development, visited classrooms at Ballou High …

Deutsch Foundation Funds Launch of Islamophobia History Education Project

Thanks to the support of a generous grant of $10,000 from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Teaching for Change is launching the development of  “Islamophobia: a people’s history teaching guide” and related professional development. Rather than focusing on details of Islamic beliefs and rituals, the Islamophobia teaching guide will make connections between Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, and anti-immigrant …

Columbus on Trial in D.C.

This month, all of the 8th grade social studies teachers at Alice Deal Middle School (DCPS) engaged their students in the popular role play, The People vs. Columbus, et al.  The lesson, written in the form of a trial by Bill Bigelow of Rethinking Schools, is available for free download on the Zinn Education Project website. The …

Teaching Central America for Latinx Heritage Month — and All Year Long

For Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we encourage educators to address topics that are often left out of the textbook. In particular, we encourage educators to explore and teach about Central America. More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the lack of resources on Central American heritage in most …