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How Well Do You Know D.C.?

When most people think of Washington, D.C., what comes to mind are monuments, museums, and the federal government. Often overlooked is the local city, long shaped by issues of race, class, and colonial status. Teaching for Change staff and advisers prepared this “learn-as-you-go” quiz about D.C. to help fill the gaps in the traditional textbooks …

Poetry About Reproductive Justice

We offer three research poems on the theme of reproductive justice by Yamelin Jaquez. She wrote the poems below while a student at Lehigh University where she studied Journalism and Communications. Jaquez is originally from the Dominican Republic and raised in Philadelphia. She describes the process of researching and writing the poems. This project incorporates poems …

2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Virtual Teach-In: Food and Water Justice

More than 250 teachers from across the U.S. and other countries attended 2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Virtual Teach-In: Food and Water Justice, hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Teaching for Change on September 12, 2020. The focus of the teach-in was Indigenous peoples’ histories and experiences around food and …

Puerto Rican Children’s Literature and Environmental Literacy: Working with Children and Moving Towards a Sustainable Future

By Sujei Lugo Vázquez I remember a childhood of family weekends traveling around and across the island, visiting plazas, parks, natural reserves, going to festivals, and stopping at local businesses. Through our car windows, we could see the different ecological systems that filled Puerto Rico and were taught and reminded to love our land, our …

Introduction to Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico – Third Edition

By Dr. Marilisa Jiménez García En Julio del 2019—todo cambió. For 12 days, Puerto Ricans from every political party took to the streets through the archipelago calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Published by the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, a series of chats between himself and major figures in his cabinet—riddled with abusive language about …

On the Importance of Puerto Rican Studies in Middle and High School, Post-Hurricane Maria

By Ricardo Gabriel This new edition to Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico could not come at a better or more urgent time. The year 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the student uprising which desegregated the City University of New York (CUNY)—the largest urban university system in the United States. In 1968, the student population at two …