A Better Way to Teach the Civil Rights Movement

This institute has completely transformed how I think about the Civil Rights Movement and ultimately how I am going to teach it in the classroom. I have received so many resources to use for teaching this hard history. I am a part of the movement that will change the way history is being taught and […]

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Teaching About the Taínos, Columbus, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day in a Middle School English Language Learners Classroom

By Alicia Lopez, M.Ed. “Who knows who Christopher Columbus was?” I ask my students a few weeks before what is now Indigenous Peoples’ Day in our town. Blank stares. Students often have pockets of knowledge that will contribute to lessons, but sometimes we have to push them to get at that knowledge. I try again, […]

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Challenge Islamophobia Project Introduces Lessons from Baltimore to San Francisco

Alison Kysia, project director of “Islamophobia: A people’s history teaching guide,” was invited to present at Morgan State University’s Faculty Institute in Baltimore, MD on August 9, 2018. She shared the interactive lesson on “Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity” with 175 educators and discussed ways that participatory pedagogies like the meet-and-greet […]

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Indigenous People’s Day Curriculum Teach-In

All education happens on indigenous lands. – Dr. Sarah Shear, Keynote Speaker On September 8, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Teaching for Change, and D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice organized an Indigenous People’s Curriculum Day and Teach-In that brought together more than 100 educators from the D.C. area (and a few from […]

Highlights from Year One of D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice

On our one year anniversary, we share highlights from our accomplishments. In the spring of 2017, Teaching for Change contacted social justice educator networks from around the country to collect ideas about what they did and how they were organized. We then held focus groups to explore those ideas and shape the vision for the […]

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Thank You Faye Colon and Welcome New Staff

In this new school year, we express our profound appreciation to Faye Colon for her work with Teaching for Change where she was the founding coordinator for the D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice. We also welcome new staff members Rosalie Reyes and Rachel Mehl.   Faye Colon joined the Teaching for Change team in […]

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2018 NEH Institute on Grassroots History of Civil Rights Movement: Daily Highlights

This summer, Teaching for Change was proud to partner with a team of scholars, veterans, and educators from the Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute, the SNCC Legacy Project, and Tougaloo College on a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Teacher Institute, The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives from 1940-1980. Thirty classroom teachers were selected from across […]

Challenge Islamophobia Project Summer 2018 Updates

We are deeply disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Muslim Ban. It is the consequence of years of dehumanization of Muslims by the Islamophobia Industry and war profiteers since 9/11. We add our voice to the movement to overturn this disastrous and dangerous decision. Our contribution is to offer teachers and […]

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Louise Derman-Sparks Responds to Scholastic

Many years ago, as the author of Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children, I was invited to serve on an advisory board for Scholastic to help them produce books for young children that accurately and respectfully depicted the many forms of diversity in our country. With the publication of President Donald Trump, Scholastic is […]

Despite National Outrage, Scholastic Defends Children’s Books Celebrating Trump

Earlier this month we published critical reviews of the Scholastic books for early and upper elementary students about the election of President Trump. Both books present Trump’s life and the election in a celebratory tone, as summarized by this poem in the book for first and second grade. More than 1,000 educators, parents, librarians, and […]

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