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Your Grandma is Our Grandma: Smothers ES Uplifts Intergenerational Principle

There were no fresh baked, chocolate chip cookies in sight. No peppermints being discreetly offered and passed from big to little hands. All of the sweaters appeared to be store-bought, not hand knit. Yet everyone at Smothers Elementary School (DCPS) the morning of their Intergenerational Read Aloud were wrapped in the love, wisdom, and laughter …

From Reconstruction to Afro-Futurism: Educators Get Ready for Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

Keynote Speaker │ Workshops & Resources On Saturday, January 20, hundreds of educators gathered virtually to prepare for the 2024 National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (February 5–9). The fair opened with a welcome from Keesha Ceran, deputy director of Teaching for Change. She introduced national Black Lives Matter at School organizer Sam …

To Live and Breathe: Kindergartners Meet Local Environmental Activist

My kindergarten class went on an inspiring field trip to the Anacostia Community Museum in Southeast D.C. to experience their exhibit, “To Live and Breathe: Women and Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C.,” which was open from May 19th, 2023 – January 7th, 2024. The exhibit’s blurb read: Women have led the environmental justice movement. Women are often …

D.C. Area Educators Commit to Participate in the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2024 Educators nationwide are preparing for the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action from February 5–9, 2024. This movement is fueled by four core national demands: (1) End “zero tolerance” discipline and implement restorative justice, (2) Mandate Black history and ethnic studies in K–12 curriculum, (3) Hire more …

Congratulations to Patricia Hill Collins on Award

We were delighted to learn last October that sociologist Patricia Hill Collins was selected for the 2023 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture. The Berggruen Institute jury noted that Collins “provides a powerful analytical lens through which we can envision the different and intersecting ways in which our material, social, and cultural worlds produce injustice,” …

Hopeful 2023 Stories

Check out the hopeful stories from 2023 below. Our work is made possible by the ongoing support of allies like you. Help us deepen our impact by sharing these stories (as well as our resources) as we continue building social justice, starting in the classroom. Please consider a year-end gift to Teaching for Change to help us …