Turning the Tables on Parent-Teacher Meetings

Dec. 29, 2011 – On a chilly, rainy Wednesday evening in October, more than 50 parents filled the Orr Elementary School library in Southeast Washington, D.C. to have an open dialogue with their children’s teachers about academics and expectations. The premise was simple: bring parents and teachers together to learn from each other and discuss […]

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Responses to CityPaper Article About D.C. Bookstore

The Washington City Paper published “Politics and Prose’s Social Network: How much is a beloved bookstore really worth?” about Politics and Prose Bookstore after the death of co-founder and owner Carla Cohen. Most of the article was about the important role that Politics and Prose has played in the political, social, and literary community of […]

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History Steps Out of the Photograph: John Carlos Speaks to Students

“John Carlos was just so inspiring. Out of all the important people that have come to speak to us—he’s the only one who kept me awake. After hearing him speak and his story, I want to be somebody better in life. I don’t even really like to read, but I want to read his book, […]

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Melissa Harris-Perry on Sister Citizen

Melissa Harris-Perry delivered a riveting presentation on her latest book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, to a full house at Busboys and Poets (14th and V) on September 19, 2011. So many people came for her presentation that seats were added to the stage behind the speaker. The event was co-sponsored by Busboys […]

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History After Hours at the African American Civil War Museum

There is a museum in Washington, D.C., in which the exhibits do not include the voices of any scholars. “If you were not there in the making of the history, you do not get a quote in our exhibit,” proclaims Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Museum. “We tell the story from […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Race and Africa in Ranger Rick Magazine

Jennifer Holladay’s excellent critique of the Ranger Rick Magazine is just one more reason why Teaching for Change is a proud co-sponsor of the Teaching About Africa K-12 Conference on November 19, 2011. Holladay wrote, “The February 2011 issue [of Ranger Rick] is promoted as a ‘Special Valentine Issue!’ — but that alone doesn’t explain […]

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Civil Rights Teaching at the Schomburg Center

Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and rethink the world inside and outside their classrooms. This makes it especially gratifying when our curricula and teaching guides become the cornerstone of after-school and summer educational programs. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture used our publication Putting the Movement Back into Civil […]

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John Carlos Shares Reflections on Civil Rights Teaching

Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching is a marvelous book. It tells the forgotten history, the struggle of those who lived for justice and equality for all races. This is something that’s been whitewashed in the school system for so many years. I think this is one of the main reasons why kids are […]

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