Risks and Rewards of Teaching for Democracy: Activism in the Classroom

TEACHER EVENT: Thursday, May 3 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

This session was prompted by the recent attacks on ethnic studies in Tucson and the firing of Brooke Harris in Michigan for supporting a student fundraiser for Trayvon Martin’s family. The teachers in Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program heard the same message her superintendent gave to Ms. Harris: “You were hired to be a teacher, not an activist.” Now is a key time for teachers in the D.C. area to come together to proactively share strategies and build community to defend teaching for social justice. 


The format will include brief presentations from the guest presenters and then time for small group discussion and sharing on the following topics:

  • Activist teaching in your class/school
  • Obstacles to activist teaching
  • Examples of overcoming the obstacles
  • How to support activist teaching

THUR, MAY 3 6:00-8:00pm
Presentation and discussion with special guests: 

MAUREEN COSTELLO Director, Teaching Tolerance 


Teacher, D.C.

Join us at the African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave NW

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Sponsored by Teaching Tolerance and Teaching for Change.