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Roberto Lovato Author Talk

October 6, 2020, 2pm PST/5pm EST
Join Salvadoran American journalist Roberto Lovato, author of the new book Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, for a virtual book talk. This event will take place during Teach Central America Week on October 6, 2020 from 5:00PM-6:30PM via Zoom and is hosted by Teaching for Change and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland, College Park. Read more.

Matt Herron, ¡Presente!

Activist photographer Matt Herron died in a glider crash on August 7, 2020. At 89, Herron had lived his life to the fullest and had a generous spirit. Every time we asked for permission to use a photo, not only did he respond affirmatively, he also waived any fees as long as they were used for educational purposes. In fact, as recently as two days before the crash, we corresponded about a collection of photos of youth activists for our upcoming edition of Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching. Read more.

Becoming a Teacher Book Launch

September 1, 2020, 5pm PST/8pm EST
Join a book celebration and conversation on Becoming a Teacher with author Melinda D. Anderson and LaQuisha Hall, moderated by Tiffany Mitchell Patterson on September 1, 2020, 5pm PST/8pm EST. The event is hosted by Teaching for Change on the day of the book release. Acclaimed education writer Melinda D. Anderson shadowed award winning Baltimore teacher Laquisha Hall for a year to shed light… Read more.

Teaching for Change Launches “Freedom Reads” Video Series for Parents and Educators

Teaching for Change, which launched in 2017 to identify and promote the best multicultural and social justice children’s books, launched a new video series, Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk. Freedom Reads, a collection of short videos that give caregivers, parents, and educators the tools to evaluate children’s books using an anti-racist and anti-bias lens. Read more.

More Interviews: Good Morning America and PTO Today

Good Morning America and PTO Today are among the latest news outlets to reach out to Teaching for Change for expertise on racism in public education. Read the articles for insights from Deborah Menkart on teaching Black history and anti-racism, and Allyson Criner Brown on racial equity in parent-teacher organizations.

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

Saturday, September 12, 2020
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Teaching for Change for a day of online conversation, a keynote speaker, and curriculum workshops. The focus of the teach-in is Indigenous peoples’ histories and experiences around food and water justice today. Learn more and register.

Social Justice Books Featured on CNN Sesame Street Town Hall

Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? , was a special guest on the CNN Sesame Street Town Hall “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” on Saturday, June 6. Tatum (featured in part 2 at 6.55 minutes ) responded to a question from a parent about how to teach young children to be anti-racist in an age-appropriate way. Tatum said there are children’s books that can help young children understand and celebrate differences in skin color… Read more.

Teaching About Voting Rights: Online Resources

This year marks 150 years since the 15th Amendment promised: “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Following the Amendment’s adoption, white supremacists waged a campaign of disenfranchisement to destroy its impact. After decades of struggle, through legal action, civil disobedience, and mass politics, the 1965 Voting Rights Act… Learn more.

Diversity in Children’s Books Graphic Distribution

The 2018 Diversity in Children’s Literature graphic (produced by Sarah Park Dahlen and Mike Huyck) is now available as a full color postcard. Request copies from Teaching for Change to disseminate at workshops, conferences, and other public events.  Please donate so that we can disseminate cards everywhere. Read more.

Welcome to 2020 Summer Interns

Teaching for Change staff and board welcome our three interns for the summer of 2020: Shiloah Symone Coley (just graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison this spring with a Journalism Bachelor of Arts and minors in Studio Art and African American Studies); Kassandra “Kassie” Colón (just graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Geography); and Daniela Shia-Sevilla (a rising senior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a major in Latin American Studies). Read more.

Teaching People’s History in the Pandemic

While schools operate remotely in the midst of the pandemic, we remain committed to supporting the teaching of people’s history. Here is a collection of resource recommendations from the Zinn Education Project that we coordinate with Rethinking Schools. Read more.

People’s Historians Online: Spring 2020

Fridays have become a time to look forward to learning through stories about people’s history, to meeting other educators, and to finding a road map forward in the midst of this pandemic. As one participant said, “Thank you for getting us together and giving me hope that we are not alone, and that we can think and act ourselves out of this pandemic.” The Zinn Education Project staff, in collaboration with Jeanne Theoharis, have scheduled more sessions for May and June. Read about sessions to date and sign up for upcoming ones.

Hair Representation in Children’s Literature

D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice, Communities for Just Schools Fund, and the Early Childhood Initiative at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offered a workshop on hair representation in children’s books on November 2, 2019. Read more.

DCPS School, Families Continue Monthly Gathering Virtually

Bright smiles, children waving, and parents checking on each other was the introduction to this virtual parent meeting held on April 7, 2020. Principal Nikeysha Jackson and her team recreated a virtual version of our signature Parent-Principal Chat activity as a way for West Education Campus (DCPS) school staff and teachers to check in with one another amidst COVID-19 and the new distant learning practices that has swept schools. Parent-Principal Chats are always a team effort at West. Several administrators… Learn more.

Equity and Family Engagement COVID-19 Resources – A Brief List

In a rejection of the term “social distancing,” our colleague, Kwesi Rollins, of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), recently stated that while we may have to be physically distant during this challenging time, it doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t remain socially connected.  Teaching for Change staff and social justice-minded educators across borders are also mindful that this is not a time to abandon equity as a guiding principle or strategy in our efforts to support students and families. Learn more.

Who Gets to Vote? Teaching About the Struggle for Voting Rights in the United States

2020 is both an election year and the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 15th Amendment, making it an important time to invite our students to consider the history of voting rights in the United States. The struggle for the ballot is emblematic of the struggle to make real the democratic promises of this country’s founding narrative. Just as the United States has never been a true “government by the people, for the people,” the right to vote has always been incomplete, contested, and compromised by the racism… Learn more.

Go-Go Becomes D.C.’s Official Music

On February 19, go-go became the official music of Washington, D.C.! This important legislation requires the mayor’s office to produce, fund, and implement programs that support the preservation and creation of go-go music — and the culture and history it represents. At Teaching for Change, we are honored to partner with D.C. area schools, musicians, and authors on our Teach the Beat project, which provides lessons and facilitates classroom visits from go-go musicians that help D.C. area… Learn more.

Discussion of “Pipeline” and the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

On Friday, February 7, at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., audience members gathered for a post-play discussion of Dominique Morisseau’s play Pipeline, a drama following a family navigating through systems of racism in public and private school. Teaching for Change Associate Director, Allyson Criner Brown, and Ashley Williams, a high school history teacher and BYP100 DC member, engulfed in conversation that critically explored observations and drew connections from Pipeline to the annual Black Lives… Learn more.

What Happens in a Lockdown? Parent-Principal Chats Bring Community Together to Discuss Emergencies and Safety

On January 23, 2020, parents and caregivers from West Education Campus (DCPS) gathered with staff for January’s Principal Coffee. The monthly meeting, drawing from Teaching for Change’s Parent-Principal Chats signature activity, is usually a fun and informative gathering for the West community. This day, Principal Niyeka Jackson and team used the opportunity to discuss and answer questions about lockdowns and safety procedures, after an incident at a nearby school caused West to go into lockdown some days… Read more.

Teaching for Change 2019 Highlights

We are pleased to share selected highlights from Teaching for Change’s work in 2019. 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 for parents and teachers) as we continue building social justice, starting in the classroom. Please make a donation to ensure that we can continue this work in 2020. Read more.

Multilingual Parent Read-Alouds Impact Students at Thomson Elementary

On December 13, 2019, parents gathered in the parent center at Thomson Elementary School (DCPS) to review books in preparation for Roving Readers, a signature activity of Teaching for Change’s family engagement project. Thomson parents have been participating in Roving Readers for so many years that having parents read in the classroom has become a part of the school culture. The multilingual aspect of the program, particularly at a school with a very diverse population like Thomson, is a big draw… Read more.

Dads Read About Teamwork at Langdon Elementary

On November 13, 2019, seven enthusiastic Langdon Elementary (DCPS) parents – led by an all-star group of Langdon fathers – came together to read Swimmy, by Leo Lionni, to three pre-K classes as a part of Teaching for Change’s Roving Readers program. Swimmy is a story that celebrates difference and teaches about the power of community organizing and collective action. Roving Readers is a signature activity of Teaching for Change’s nationally recognized family engagement approach in which parents… Read more.

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