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What Are Students Learning About Reconstruction?

Reconstruction was a time of immense possibility for economic equity and progress for multiracial democracy. White supremacists crushed this promise. Today, it is suppressed in K–12 education and public memory. Our Zinn Education Project (with Rethinking Schools) just released a new report, Erasing the Black Freedom Struggle: How State Standards Fail to Teach the Truth About …

Howard Zinn Centennial

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth on August 24, 1922, in Brooklyn. At Teaching for Change, our work has and continues to be informed by Zinn’s scholarship in many ways. Zinn was an advisor for the first edition of our book, Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching, and spoke …

Joy in the Resistance

In the last two years, we’ve seen a massive increase in demand for our resources. We’ve also seen a widespread right-wing backlash, as GOP lawmakers ban teaching the truth. In 2022 we will: Expand our resources for teaching about Central America, the Civil Rights Movement, go-go, people’s history, and more. Increase professional learning opportunities for …

The Go-Go People’s Plan

Teaching for Change is pleased that our Teach the Beat program is included in the “The Go-Go People’s Plan.” The plan outlines the D.C. government’s strategy to support, preserve, and archive Go-Go music and its history. The Introduction to the plan is by Charles Stephenson, co-author of The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington, DC, and …

2021 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Curriculum Teach-In

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Teaching for Change hosted a virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Teach-In with the theme of Indigenous Land: Stewardship, Relationships, and Responsibility on Saturday, Sept. 25. Close to 500 teachers from all over the United States and some internationally attended the keynote by Dr. Kelsey Leonard (Shinnecock) …

Publishers Donate Books for Teach Central America Campaign

In support of Teach Central America Week, a number of publishers donated titles by Central American authors and/or about Central America as gifts for educators who share teaching stories.  We extend our appreciation to the following publishers for their generous support of Teach Central America Week. Groundwood Books Aquí era es Paraíso/Here was Paradise by …

Teach Central America Week: October 4 – 10, 2021

Join us for the third annual Teach Central America Week from October 4 – 10, 2021. Teaching for Change provides free resources for classroom teachers, including lessons, book lists, biographies of noted historical figures, and readings at TeachingCentralAmerica.org. Below we share resources to help aid your planning as you prepare to participate in #TeachCentralAmerica Week.   Classroom Stories from Teach …