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Rita Dove Shares Stage, Advice, and 20th Century Poetry with the DC Youth Slam Team

Rita Dove, editor of the recently released Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry read at Busboys and Poets on October 26, 2011 for one of Teaching for Change’s and Busboys and Poets’ free author events. To cover an entire century of U.S. poetry, she read from a great array of poets included in the …

América Calderón Selected to National Committee for the Américas Book Award

Teaching for Change bilingual parent organizer América Calderón has been selected as one of five national committee members for the Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.  The Américas Award was the first award for Latino Children’s Literature in the United States. The award was created in 1993 by the national Consortium of …

Tellin’ Stories Receives Grants for Professional Evaluation

 “[Teaching for Change] did not just increase the numbers of parents involved – it literally changed the face of who we saw coming in the door and advocating for their children.” – Michelle Molitor, E.L. Haynes Principal October 4, 2011 – Teaching for Change’s Tellin’ Stories Project has been recognized by the Harvard Family Research Project as one of …

Missouri Teachers’ Overwhelming Response to Family Engagement Training

“This is one of the best trainings I ever attended.” – Elementary ELL Teacher, Bayless School District September 30, 2011 – Teaching for Change parent organizers América Calderón and Jhonna Turner traveled to St. Louis, Missouri in September to conduct a professional development session for more than 70 teachers of English Language Learner (ELL) students. …

Howard Zinn Room Dedication

There was a standing-room-only crowd at the new Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Md., for the special event on September 21, 2011 to celebrate International Peace Day, dedicate the Zinn Room, and raise funds for the Zinn Education Project. The date ended up being more significant than could have been imagined. An extraordinary group of people spoke, sang, …

Teaching for Change Partners with D.C. High School to Bolster Library Collection

A boost for the library of McKinley Technology High School, courtesy of the customers of Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore by LaTissia Mitchell At times, Teaching for Change’s mission, to nurture and build social justice in schools, surprises us with its reach. In April, members of the McKinley Technology High School PTSA approached Publications …