What is Islamophobia? Interpersonal vs. Structural Discrimination

This lesson asks participants to construct a definition of Islamophobia using a variety of evidence, including poetry, media images, news clips, and research data. The lesson also challenges a common pattern in representations of bigotry and discrimination that frames hate speech and hate attacks as nothing more than rogue individuals who lose their tempers after […]

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Zinn Education Project

Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools collaborate to bring a people’s history to the classroom.

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Teaching Central America

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the lack of resources in most schools on Central American heritage make the rich history and literature of the region invisible. Also missing from the curriculum is the direct connection between U.S. foreign policy and Central American immigration to the United States. […]

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Featured Lessons & Resources

Resistance 101: A Lesson for Inauguration Teach-Ins and Beyond Civil Rights Teaching Teaching About Selma: We share here interactive lessons and recommended resources that invite students to step into the history and think critically and creatively about the continued fight for justice today. Teaching About Freedom Schools: The Freedom Schools of the 1960s were part of a […]

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Teach the Beat: Go-Go

Teaching for Change is honored to work with D.C. area schools and the authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. to develop lessons on the rich and unique history and music of go-go and to bring renowned go-go performers into D.C. area schools. Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School is designed to ensure that students learn the history […]

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Civil Rights Teaching

Our civil rights teaching goes beyond the heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement.

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Anti-Bias Education

Anti-bias curriculum is an approach to early childhood education that sets forth values-based principles and methodology in support of respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness. Anti-bias teaching requires critical thinking and problem solving by both children and adults. The overarching goal is creating a climate of positive self and group identity […]

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Black Athlete Protest: The Case of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

This lesson, drawing on the story of NBA basketball player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf who refused to stand for the U.S. national anthem in 1996, gives participants the opportunity to hear diverse Muslim perspectives within a U.S. context. Participants watch clips from By the Dawn’s Early Light, a documentary produced by Zareena Grewal. They learn that Abdul-Rauf received both derision and […]

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American Hate: Lessons from Survivors

This lesson raises awareness of hate crimes and their impact through survivor testimonials included in American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, edited by Arjun Singh Sethi (The New Press, 2018). Hate crimes and hate groups are increasing, including in schools. According to the FBI, there were 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, representing a 17 percent increase from 2016. While this statistic […]

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