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Jorge Argueta Launches New Young Adult Book About the Caravan from Central America

By Cierra Kaler-Jones “It’s up to us to change things. I believe in the gentle power of reading. I believe reading changes the hearts, spirits, and minds of people.” —Jorge Argueta On October 7, Jorge Argueta, a native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian poet and writer of bilingual children’s books shared his moving personal story …

Educators Nationwide Teach about Central America October 7-13, 2019

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States and migration from the region is headline news. However, most schools teach very little about Central America, including the long history of U.S. involvement in the region and Central America’s rich history and literature. This makes it difficult for students to understand the mass …

Imelda Marroquin: After 10+ Years, Fifth Grade Parent Honors School Principal

June 2019 When Teaching for Change began partnering with Thomson Elementary (DCPS) in the 2011-2012 school year, the community was fighting to recover its reputation after a scandal, parents were fed-up with inadequate family engagement, test scores were lagging, and soon after school started the new assistant principal, Carmen Shepherd, became the interim leader. Parent …

Polk Elementary School Hosts Teacher Mini-Conference on Central America

By Cierra Kaler-Jones As the buzzing energy of a new school year filled the gym at James K. Polk Elementary School, staff arrived for a full-day professional development on Central America. On August 27, 2019, staff engaged in descriptive and informative sessions that detailed the history of Central America to provide background context about many …

Teaching for Change Offers Summer Workshop for Every DCPS School Leader

We were overjoyed and humbled by the invitation this summer for Teaching for Change to offer professional development for every single DCPS principal, assistant principal, and instructional coach — 750 people in all. For close to 30 years, Teaching for Change has offered workshops and institutes in collaboration with specific departments and individual schools in …

Carter Conference 2019: Teaching about the Beauty, Power, and Resistance of Black History

By Cierra Kaler-Jones “The good news is…we know how to teach hard history. All we have to have is the courage to teach it.” — Professor Hasan Jeffries On July 26 and 27, more than 250 educators gathered in Columbia, Missouri at the 2019 Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education Conference to share strategies, …

‘Tackling Bias in Family Engagement’ Workshop Fills the Room

The attendees began trickling into the room early, and by the time the workshop started, staff were pulling more chairs into the room to seat more than 80 people. The participants were attendees of the 2019 National Family and Community Engagement Conference, hosted by Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) from July 10-12 in Reno, Nevada. …

Washington, D.C. Indigenous Peoples’ Day Curriculum Teach-In 2019

September 7, 2019 from 9:30AM-2:00PM National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Washington, D.C. Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice (a project of Teaching for Change) for talks and workshops on teaching about Indigenous peoples’ histories and experiences today on Saturday, September 7 at …