Washington D.C. Area Events

November 16, 2017

Backpack Full of Cash Free Screening & Discussion: Join The Washington Lawyers’ Committee (WLC) for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Coalition for DC Public Schools & Communities, and Teaching for Change for a FREE screening and discussion of the film Backpack Full of Cash. Learn more and RSVP.

November 21, 2017

Operation Understanding DC Application 2018: Operation Understanding DC is an organization that provides an experiential learning, leadership development program for Washington, DC area Black and Jewish high school juniors. Students can apply for the 2018 program by November 21.

November 28, 2017

Central America Curriculum Group November 2017 Meeting: This group will share resources, curriculum ideas, and strategies for teaching about Central America. Meet at the Teaching for Change office (U Street Metro). Read about the group and RSVP.

December 4, 2017

People’s History Trivia Night: A night for social justice teachers and friends. Join us for a fun night of questions and answers about the history often missing from textbooks—the role of women, people of color, labor, and other social movements.

December 5, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Gateways / Portales Exhibit: The Anacostia Community Museum is offering school tours of the Gateway/Portales exhibit. This exhibit, which will be closing in January, explores the experiences of Latino migrants and immigrants in four U.S. metro areas: Washington DC, Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; and Raleigh-Durham, NC. Admissions to the museum is free.  Contact Linda Maxwell (maxwellL@si.edu or (202) 633-4870) to schedule a tour for your students.

December 5, 2017 – May 9, 2018

Cinema Classroom at the Avalon: During the 2017-2018 school year the Avalon Theatre is offering free film screenings through Cinema Classroom for students in 6th-12th grade. See a list of the films. Middle and high school educators interested in this opportunity should register online, or contact Sarah Pokempner at 202-966-2149 or filmeducation@theavalon.org. The Avalon is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. All DC public and public charter schools are eligible to register with the DC Collaborative for transportation assistance. Contact info@dccollaborative. org or visit www.dccollaborative.org for more information.

December 6, 2017

Black Lives Matter Week of Action Planning Meeting: This year D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice and hopefully many more D.C. area organizations are organizing a Black Lives Matter Week of Action in our communities. RSVP for our next planning meeting.

December 7, 2017

Food Justice Youth Summit Information Meeting: For the past four years 11th graders at Capital City Public Charter School (CCPCS) have hosted a Food Justice Youth Summit to build awareness about food justice issues, both nationally and locally. The Summit provides an opportunity for students to share their research findings and network with an authentic audience, the youth of the DC area and activists in the food justice movement, in a professional setting. This year (2018) CCPCS educators want to engage even more DC-area students and educators at the Food Justice Youth Summit.

On December 7th from 6-8 pm at the Teaching for Change Office (1832 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001), come learn about this spring’s summit and the variety of ways you and your students can get involved. We will be joined by CCPCS STUDENTS who will present on their research and preparation for the summit. Please RSVP.

Learn more about past Food Justice Youth Summits here:

2014: http://www.teachingforchange.org/food-justice-teach-in-when-the-students-become-the-teachers
2015: http://www.teachingforchange.org/food-justice-summit
2016: http://www.teachingforchange.org/2016-food-justice-youth-summit
2017: http://www.teachingforchange.org/2017-food-justice-youth-summit


December 14, 2017

Curriculum Focus Group: Kasha Hayes, the curriculum writer for 10th and 11th grade English Language Arts in DC Public Schools, is partnering with DC area educators for Social Justice to host a Curriculum Focus Group.

During the second semester, DCPS students engage with the concept of hegemony and apply their understanding to authors and activists who influenced the American political and social landscape, beginning around 1900 through the present day. The texts students will read were selected to help them develop critical consciousness and learn about the tools of informed action. DCPS curriculum writer Kasha Hayes would like to hear your feedback and suggestions about the text selection in the 11th grade second semester curricula.

If you’d like to help us think through these texts, or provide recommendations for alternate/additional texts, please join us!

DCPS teachers who participate in this session will receive 3 PLUs and dinner. The event will take place on December 14, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Teaching for Change Office. Please contact Kasha Hayes at kasha.hayes@dc.gov or Fayette Colon at fcolon@teachingforchange.org with questions. Please RSVP.

December 14, 2017

Student Free Speech Program: On December 14 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit will present a program on the free speech rights of students in order to introduce District of Columbia high school students to the federal court system and the role of judges in our system of governmental checks and balances.

The program will take place in the ceremonial courtroom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, at 333 Constitution Avenue, N.W., 6th Floor.

The students will watch a reenactment of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, addressing the free speech rights of high school students. Experienced attorneys will argue before three distinguished federal judges: The Honorable Judge David Tatel and Sri Srinivasan, who sit on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who sits on U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The students will then participate in a group activity about student free speech, and engage in a question-and-answer session with the judges.

If you have any questions, or would like to secure a place for your students to attend this exciting program, contact Andrea Ferster at aferster@railstotrails.org or (202) 974-5142.

January 17, 2018

Understanding the history of racism in the U.S.Professor Ibram X. Kendi, founder and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, will offer a presentation for teachers based on his book Stamped from the Beginning The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. This event will  be hosted by the DC Area Educators for Social Justice from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Location TBD.

January 31, 2018

Fund For Teachers: Fund for Teachers is a program that awards summer fellowship grants to preK-12 grade teachers to pursue self-designed professional learning around the globe. Full-time PK-12 teachers, with at least 3 years teaching experience, can apply for up to $5,000 individually or a team of teachers can apply for up to $10,000. Learn more.

April 19-21, 2018

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Split This Rock invites proposals for workshops, panel and roundtable discussions, and themed group readings for the Sixth Biennial Split This Rock Poetry Festival, scheduled for April 19-21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The festival, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Split This Rock, will feature Kwame Dawes and Solmaz Sharif.

More peace and justice events in DC: Washington Peace Center


For many more upcoming conferences,
see the list on the Zinn Education Project website.


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