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Teaching for Change moves online amid challenges for diversity in books

Published on Mar 18, 2015 by The Washington Post

Books seem to consecrate certain spaces — especially rooms where you don’t expect to find them. Like gracious hosts, they welcome you. Like confidants, they reveal far more about where you are than the decor ever could. When I first walked into Busboys & Poets’ 14th and V Street location, the hostess greeted me warmly, but it was Teaching for Change, the bookstore tucked into the corner behind her, that beckoned me in.

Politics and Prose to Sell Books at Flagship Busboys and Poets

Published on Mar 5, 2015 by Shelf Awareness

This spring Teaching for Change, which for 10 years has owned and run the bookstore at the flagship Busboys and Poets restaurant at 14th and V Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C., will hand over responsibility for the bookstore to Politics and Prose, which now operates bookstores at the five other Busboys and Poets locations, which are in Maryland, Virginia and the District. Teaching for Change will continue to review, recommend and promote books that address key themes in the classroom and current events online through its webstore.

You Have to Move Your Feet

Published on Feb 11, 2015 by Making History

Recently I went to see the acclaimed film “Selma” with 100 juniors and seniors, including many of the same students who participated in last year’s civil rights trip. In the movie, we see John Lewis, as the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), literally moving his feet as a leader of the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday. Lewis was among those injured that day in 1965. Before we saw the movie, we engaged in a role play in class put together by the organization Teaching for Change to meet many of the different individuals (some featured in the film and some not) who were a part of the movement for voting rights in Selma. (Download PDF of Article)

D.C. mayoral candidates sound off on future of charter and traditional schools

Published on Oct 23, 2014 by The Washington Post

D.C. mayoral candidates faced a math problem of sorts Wednesday night at the campaign’s only major forum devoted to education: In 1966, the District had about 147,000 students in 196 schools. Now, there are 86,000 students in 213 neighborhood and charter school buildings, yet the city continues to open charter schools.

Cool Idea of the Day: ‘Sponsor a Bookshelf’

Published on Oct 6, 2014 by Shelf Awareness

The Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C., which features “books that encourage children and adults to question, challenge and re-think the world beyond the headlines,” has launched a “Sponsor a Bookshelf” initiative “to keep the bookstore in operation, curate the selection of books and coordinate author events. Become a part of our bookstore by sponsoring one of 20+ shelves from which thousands of parents, teachers, activists, and the general public browse and buy books.” (Scroll down to “Cool Idea of the Day”).

Do’s and Dont’s for Teaching About Ferguson

Published on Aug 17, 2014 by The Root

Do take advantage of prepackaged lesson plans: You don’t have to start from scratch. Teaching for Change goes beyond proposing individual materials and offers a set of full-formed lesson plans relevant to the issues raised by Mike Brown’s death. (There are materials on everything from the militarization of police to human rights.) (Download PDF)

Race, Perspective, and Bookstores: Local Shops Promote “A Fuller Picture of Life”

Published on Aug 1, 2014 by East of the River DC News

Educator and activist Allison R. Brown adds that the TFC bookstore is more than its books or events. “Between the titles, book signings, and patrons looking for smart titles to add to their libraries,” Brown argues, TFC bookstore changes perceptions. “TFC helps bridge the divide between perception and reality for those who don’t perceive of people of color as intellectuals.” She adds a concern that gentrification will lead to loss of “places for people to make that connection. I think DC is a model of bridging that perception with reality solely because of the Teaching for Change bookstore. There isn’t another place like it in the city.” (Download PDF of article)

Limbaugh Attacks D.C.’s Busboys and Poets

Published on Jul 12, 2014 by The Washington Afro American

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh, known for his racist tirades, attacked popular D.C. bookstore, Busboys and Poets, because “it dissed his tow children’s books.” The ultra-conservative talk show host was upset that the executive director of teaching for Change remarked on a C-Span network that it specialized in children’s books written by and about people of color and many times ignored best sellers, like that of rush Limbaugh. (Download PDF)

Aw, Rush Limbaugh’s Sad – Tiny Bookstore Rejects His Books & Won’t Play With Him

Published on Jun 19, 2014 by Daily Kos

Finally, it took a small, independent bookstore in Washington DC to stand up and turn down Rush Limbaugh’s children’s history books. The words sting my fingers as I type: Limbaugh-Children-History-Books. (One of these things is so not like the others.) Teaching For Change, a non profit organization that owns, operates and is housed in Busboys And Poets, ‘encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.’ It’s no wonder they flat out rejected Limbaugh’s ridiculous ‘Rush Revere’ books. Limbaugh’s response? (Download PDF)

Rush Limbaugh Calls Teaching for Change Racist

Published on Jun 19, 2014 by Shelf Awareness

On his show yesterday, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh devoted an entire segment to harshly criticizing Teaching for Change for emphasizing children’s books about people of color at a time when just 10% of titles published during the last five years were about people of color. (Download PDF)