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 […]

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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Teaching Guide on Rosenwald Schools, YMCAs, and More

Teaching for Change was invited by the Rosenwald filmmaker to produce a teaching guide for the documentary. Written by Pete Fredlake, the free downloadable guide is now available for middle, high school, and college classrooms. The themes for the lessons came from convenings with teachers in the D.C. area. One of these sessions was held at the historic Thurgood […]

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Teaching for Change Summer 2018 Interns Blog

This blog is being maintained by Kathy Nganga and Sarah Cornelius to document the work and insights of the 2018 summer interns. Week One (June 4 – 8) Monday, June 4th, and Tuesday, June 5th: Reorganizing the Resource Center Monday, was our first day of work! We walked to work together on Monday morning and […]

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Scholastic Tells Children: Trump is Great

Review by Kathleen Nganga and Sarah Cornelius “His buildings reached into the sky. His businesses just grew and grew. Then Trump became our president– People wanted something new.” This optimistic poem, which reads like promotional campaign material targeted at children, comes from Scholastic’s Rookie Biography series. President Donald Trump by Joanne Mattern (2017) claims to offer young […]

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Timothy Jenkins Honors Chuck McDew with Donation to Civil Rights Teaching Book

With the current threats to voting rights and democracy, understanding the bottom up history of the Civil Rights Movement has never been so urgent and relevant. To encourage the teaching of grassroots organizing during the Civil Rights Movement – lessons that can inform student activism today – we want to publish a new print edition […]

Challenging Islamophobia Project Director to Present at Two Upcoming Conferences

Alison Kysia, project director of Teaching for Change’s “Islamophobia: A people’s history teaching guide,” will be presenting at two upcoming conferences. She will present “Black Muslims in the United States: An Introductory Activity” from 1:45-3:15pm on Saturday, May 5 at the 9th Annual Teacher Action Group (TAG) Education for Liberation Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The conference, […]

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