DCPS School, Families Continue Monthly Gathering Virtually

Bright smiles, children waving, and parents checking on each other was the introduction to this virtual parent meeting held on April 7, 2020. Principal Nikeysha Jackson and her team created a virtual version of our signature Parent-Principal Chat activity as a way for educators at West Education Campus (DCPS) to check in with families amidst […]

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Equity and Family Engagement COVID-19 Resources – A Brief List

In a rejection of the term “social distancing,” our colleague, Kwesi Rollins, of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), recently stated that while we may have to be physically distant during this challenging time, it doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t remain socially connected.  Teaching for Change staff and social justice-minded educators across borders are also mindful that […]

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Tips for Teaching Online Interactive Lessons

By Cierra Kaler-Jones Here are some suggestions for making online or remote lessons interactive to help teachers who are adapting with little time to prepare during the pandemic. Note that this was written when Zoom was the main online platform. That is shifting in many school districts, however, the overall approach may be adapted to […]

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Who Gets to Vote? Teaching About the Struggle for Voting Rights in the United States

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca 2020 is both an election year and the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 15th Amendment, making it an important time to invite our students to consider the history of voting rights in the United States. The struggle for the ballot is emblematic of the struggle to make real the democratic […]

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Teachers Invited to Lehigh’s Ethnic Studies Event with Dr. Sonia Nieto

April 14, 2020 from 4:00PM-6:00PM Lehigh University – Pennsylvania Advancing Critical Education Through Ethnic Studies Keynote speaker: Dr. Sonia Nieto What did ethnic studies mean in its heyday in the late 1960s and early 1970s, what does it mean today in the midst of pervasive ethnic harassment, and how can it transform K-12 and higher education in the future? In this personal reflection, Sonia […]

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Go-Go Becomes D.C.’s Official Music

On February 19, go-go became the official music of Washington, D.C.! This important legislation requires the mayor’s office to produce, fund, and implement programs that support the preservation and creation of go-go music — and the culture and history it represents. At Teaching for Change, we are honored to partner with D.C. area schools, musicians, and […]

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Inclusive Efforts Transform Relationships Between Parent Leaders in Alexandria

December 2019 Schools across the Washington, D.C., area and nationwide are grappling with issues around gentrification, racism, and classism, not just in the classroom – in family engagement. These forces greatly influence relationship and power dynamics between families, particularly along divisions of race and family income. For more than five years, Teaching for Change has […]

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Living Earth 2020 Teach-In: Sustaining Our Future through Indigenous Knowledge

With regrets, this event is canceled in the interest of public health and well-being. We will reschedule the event in the new school year in coordination with the host institution. April 4, 2020 from 9:00AM-1:00PM National Museum of the American Indian – New York. Location: One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004 | For K–12 teachers. […]

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What Happens in a Lockdown? Parent-Principal Chats Bring Community Together to Discuss Emergencies and Safety

On January 23, 2020, parents and caregivers from West Education Campus (DCPS) gathered with staff for January’s Principal Coffee. The monthly meeting, drawing from Teaching for Change’s Parent-Principal Chats signature activity, is usually a fun and informative gathering for the West community. This day, Principal Niyeka Jackson and team used the opportunity to discuss and […]

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Dads Read About Teamwork at Langdon Elementary

On November 13, 2019, seven enthusiastic Langdon Elementary (DCPS) parents – featuring an all-star group of Langdon fathers – came together to read Swimmy, by Leo Lionni, to three pre-K classes as a part of Teaching for Change’s Roving Readers program. Swimmy is a story that celebrates difference and teaches about the power of community […]

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