202-588-7204 info@teachingforchange.org PO Box 73038, Washington, D.C. 20056

Archives: Press

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking American History

Published on Oct 7, 2018 by Smithsonian Magazine

This September the museum and Teaching for Change, a Washington-based national education organization, hosted an Indigenous People’s Curriculum Day and Teach-In for more than 100 teachers working with students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

‘Anti-Trump hotel’ opens in Washington DC

Published on Oct 4, 2018 by The Guardian

Join the “group sound bath” in the wellness centre, stop by the civic engagement workshop in the lobby, then settle in for a rousing performance of protest songs from the all-women Resistance Revival Chorus on the rooftop bar. This is a small sample of the events that were on offer at the opening weekend of the Eaton Hotel in Washington DC – the world’s first “activist hotel”. (Download PDF of article)

A Better Way to Teach the Civil Rights Movement

Published on Sep 19, 2018 by Edutopia

A native of the Magnolia State, Jessica Dickens grew up just a short drive away from one of the most infamous events of Mississippi Freedom Summer: the 1964 disappearance and murder of three civil rights workers on their way to investigate a church burning. She’s also a graduate of one of Mississippi’s segregated high schools — part of a group of all-white private schools established in the 1950s to thwart school integration. (Download PDF of article)

Teaching about Central American immigration

Published on Jul 23, 2018 by AL DÍA News

School might be out, but for many teachers, long summer days also mean lesson-planning and curriculum development and design. In light of the continued divisions among lawmakers and society as a whole, some educators are starting, or continuing, to develop lesson plans that allow students to explore the historical and social context of immigration to the U.S. from Central America.

Critics Slam Scholastic For Rosy Portrayal of Trump in Kids’ Books

Published on Jun 22, 2018 by Rising Up

The school textbook publishing giant Scholastic is under fire – for its children’s books about President Donald Trump. Scholastic publishes a large numbers of books that are in wide use throughout American schools and libraries. While the corporation has gotten in trouble before, this new scandal has irked many Americans over the rosy picture the kids’ books paint about Trump. Listen on 94.1 KPFA >>

Scholastic Under Fire for Children’s Book Portrayal of Trump

Published on Jun 14, 2018 by Yes! Magazine

“On November 8, 2016, Americans voted for president. The race was close, but Trump won. Many people were happy. They looked forward to a brand-new government. They hoped for a stronger country.” That’s an excerpt from a 32-page book called President Donald Trump, published last year by Scholastic, a billion-dollar global corporation whose educational materials can be found in 9 out of 10 U.S. classrooms. (Download PDF of Article)

Scholastic’s pro-Trump propaganda for kids enrages teachers and parents

Published on Jun 13, 2018 by Think Progress

Authors, teachers, and parents are upset about a Scholastic book about President Donald Trump that they say glosses over his racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and treatment of workers, among many other things. The book, President Donald Trump by Joanne Mattern, was published last year but it has received renewed attention after groups fiercely criticized it on social media and elsewhere. (Download PDF of Article)

Wasn’t Black History Month Last Month?

Published on Mar 27, 2018 by neaToday

The shortest month of the year has come and gone, as has the celebration of Black History Month when we mark the many contributions African Americans have made to our history, culture, and society. But we’re almost two decades into the 21st Century and it’s long past time to incorporate and highlight the achievements of African Americans into year-round curriculum. Black history is American history. (Download PDF of Article)

Bringing Black Lives Matter Movement to School

Published on Feb 23, 2018 by School Library Journal

The library was silent, a rarity at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus, a public school in Washington, DC. The fourth and fifth grade students were intensely focused on the video in front of them.  Library media specialist Lindsay Hall was intently watching, too, while monitoring her kids’ reactions to the short video, which discussed the start of the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality, and violence against the black community. (Download PDF of Article)