Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Seminar – Fall 2019

Exciting, FREE opportunity for DCPS schools in Wards 7 & 8 Two sessions held at Langdon Elementary (1900 Evarts Street NE) Accepting participants up to September 20, 2019 or until full Teaching for Change leads a professional development course for pre-K and elementary school educators to examine how race and class affect family engagement, and […]

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Resistance 101: A Lesson on Social Justice Activists and Strategies

Teaching for Change created “Resistance 101” to help young people move from dismay to creative action that can win real change. This innovative lesson plan, launched in January 2017 to coincide with the inauguration, helps students recognize their power to challenge injustice. The lesson introduces them to people throughout history, including many young people, who […]

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New Lisa Delpit Book Features Teaching for Change Essay on Engaging Black Parents

Allyson Criner Brown, Teaching for Change’s associate director and manager of the Tellin’ Stories parent empowerment project, reflects on family engagement in a moving essay for Teaching When the World Is on Fire, edited by Lisa Delpit (The New Press, 2019). Criner Brown, a former middle school teacher who has led the nationally recognized Tellin’ […]

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 […]

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Let’s Talk! Talking about Race at Home

Monday, September 23, 2019 National Museum of African American History & Culture Teaching for Change is honored to co-facilitate an event for parents of young children (ages 0-6) at the National Museum of African American History & Culture on Monday, September 23, 2019 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Note that space is limited.   Program Description […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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‘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. […]

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