Teaching for Change Offers Black History Month Briefing on the Hill

At the invitation of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Teaching for Change offered a briefing for Congressional staff on teaching the grassroots history of the Civil Rights Movement, beyond the traditional narrative. It was a Black History Month event, held in the Cannon House Office Building on February 28, 2017. The invitation noted, Julian Bond described […]

Civil Rights Teaching Book Donors

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the new edition of Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching. Champions Medea Benjamin Advocates Carmen Wolf and Mike Bauman Patricia Clausen Myla Kabat-Zinn Nzinga Tull Supporters Saladin Aljurf Illenin Kondo Garrett Quinn Gail LaGrander Backers Loraine Binion-Hardy Tamima Friedman Matthew Holden Jr Brigham Kiplinger Enid Lee Ellen […]

Why I Volunteered at Teaching for Change

By Andy Grayson My name is Andy Grayson and I am a third grade classroom teacher in Alexandria, Virginia. This summer I began volunteering with Teaching for Change, an organization that I became familiar with after attending a district workshop focused on incorporating accurate Central American history into classroom curricula. I attended the workshop in […]

We Want to Hear from YOU: Survey on Civil Rights Teaching

Teaching for Change is working with partner organizations to develop and share more resources for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. These lessons and primary documents will be made available online for free for classroom teachers and students. To inform this effort, Teaching for Change is conducting a survey on teaching about the Civil Rights […]

New Edition of Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching

As one of the most commonly taught stories of people’s struggles for social justice, the Civil Rights Movement has the capacity to help students develop a critical analysis of United States history and strategies for change. However, the empowering potential is often lost in a trivial pursuit of names and dates. Putting the Movement Back […]

“It Was Like a Visit from the President”: Timothy Jenkins Talks to Fifth Graders

Rachel Hull’s fifth graders were studying the founding of the United States from various perspectives in a unit called “Know Your Rights.” Through their analysis of primary sources and research, they began to uncover a version of history that was missing from their textbooks. To deepen their knowledge, they invited Teaching for Change board member Timothy Jenkins as a guest speaker. […]

Teaching Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1985 is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through interviews and historical footage, the series covers major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. Eyes on the Prize remains one of the preeminent resources for teaching the modern Civil Rights […]

Essential Resource for Children on the Complexity of the Movement

     Why and how educators and parents are using Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching. Kelly Starling Lyons, Children’s Book Author When my daughter started writing a historical fiction short story about friendship and school integration, she didn’t have the background to get inside her characters’ heads. I started pulling books for her to explore. […]

John Carlos Shares Reflections on Civil Rights Teaching

Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching is a marvelous book. It tells the forgotten history, the struggle of those who lived for justice and equality for all races. This is something that’s been whitewashed in the school system for so many years. I think this is one of the main reasons why kids are […]

Jenice L. View Interviewed About Black History Month

“Yes, Black History Month is still relevant today,” said Jenice L. View, Teaching for Change Professional Development Specialist and George Mason University Assistant Professor, during a news segment, “Black Scholars Discuss Teaching Black History,” on WAMU (88.5) radio. The segment began with the voices of students and a principal from three D.C. schools who are […]

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