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Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss Fund the Digitization of the Virginia Interscholastic Association Archives at Virginia State University

Published on May 19, 2023 by Virginia State University

Professional tennis legends Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss have made a generous donation to process, digitize, and catalog the Virginia Interscholastic Association (VIA) archives, which are housed on the campus of Virginia State University. The digitization process will be coordinated by the non-profit organization Teaching for Change. (PDF)

Black Educators And Organizers Focus On ‘Teaching With Tenderness’

Published on May 14, 2023 by NEWSONE

This Teacher Appreciation Week, education justice advocates and educators once again sounded the alarm on inequities in education that impact teachers and children alike. The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF), D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice and Black Lives Matter at School illuminated some of these concerns during a briefing on school culture this past Thursday. The event was facilitated by Kimberly Ellis and Erika Roberson of CJSF and featured current and former educators Dr. Denisha Jones, Vanessa Williams and Nkenge Robertson. (PDF).

Black Educators Are Reimagining A Better School System

Published on March 20, 2023 by In These Times

“Black Lives Matter at School is an act of resistance. It’s a refusal to accept the ways that we are perpetually dehumanized. It’s a statement that we exist, that we are here, and that we are going to fight back.” (PDF)

Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022

Published on September 26, 2022 by Smithsonian Magazine

Are you a parent, grandparent, or other caregiver looking for an age-appropriate event to enjoy on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an annual event meant to honor the Indigenous people of the United States? From reading Indigenous authors to exploring Native plants, these activities suit everyone in the family.

Diverse schools are taking a new approach to anti-racism: Training white parents

Published on Apr 12, 2022 by USA Today

Lessons in cultural humility like this one have been a feature of teachers’ professional development for quite some time. But trainings have largely focused on how students are treated, not families, and they’ve been targeted at school officials, not parent and caregiver volunteers. That’s changing, especially in neighborhoods experiencing gentrification and in predominantly white areas grappling with issues of race and class.

Remembering an Icon: Melvin Deal

Published on Oct 29, 2021 by Washington City Paper

Melvin Deal was revered as a drummer and griot, a dancer and choreographer, a mentor and teacher, and then later, as an elder and icon. Deal, who died last month at the age of 78 due to multiple health issues, was the founder and executive director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. In that and other capacities, he served his community for more than half a century. His contributions were immeasurable. (Download PDF)