2018 NEH Institute on Grassroots History of Civil Rights Movement: Daily Highlights

This summer, Teaching for Change was proud to partner with a team of scholars, veterans, and educators from the Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute, the SNCC Legacy Project, and Tougaloo College on a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Teacher Institute, The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives from 1940-1980. Thirty classroom teachers were selected from across […]

Timothy Jenkins Honors Chuck McDew with Donation to Civil Rights Teaching Book

With the current threats to voting rights and democracy, understanding the bottom up history of the Civil Rights Movement has never been so urgent and relevant. To encourage the teaching of grassroots organizing during the Civil Rights Movement – lessons that can inform student activism today – we want to publish a new print edition […]

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 Timothy Jenkins will match donations up to $10,000. Please help us meet this goal. Rights and Opportunities Foundation Advocates Carmen Wolf and Mike Bauman Donald and Patricia Clausen Myla Kabat-Zinn Gail LaGrander Nzinga Tull Supporters […]

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. […]

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