We are pleased to share news of some of our recent accomplishments thanks to your support.
Making a Difference in Schools Across the Country
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Teaching about Haiti
Our classroom resources page on Haiti continues to be the most popular destination on our website with more than 20,000 visitors. We regularly add new resources, such as the powerful children's book Hope for Haiti, and encourage continued support for the people of Haiti.
Parent Organizing
While our reach is national, we are grounded in D.C. area schools including Bruce-Monroe ES where parents are fighting to have the promise kept for a new building. Empower DC has taken on the campaign with our continued support. Read more and sign the petition.
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Timely Teaching Guide
on Key Whistleblower
As WikiLeaks hit the front page news, Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools released a free 100-page teaching guide on historic whistleblower and current spokesperson Daniel Ellsberg through our Zinn Education Project.
McComb Awarded
Vital History Grant
McComb, Miss. will be able to deepen its study of U.S. history along with 6 other school districts thanks to a USDE Teaching American History grant that Teaching for Change helped prepare. Also, with W.K. Kellogg Foundation support, we sponsored a special author visit by Paula Young Shelton.
Opening School 
Doors to Parents
A D.C. school asked us to help them engage the Ethiopian parents. Now over half of the Ethiopian families (including fathers) are reading in classrooms and coming to meetings. We also worked with E.L. Haynes Public Charter School to increase and diversify parent engagement. Volunteer Tish Ward prepared a photo essay about our success.
Shining a Light on Authors and Books of Note
We are proud to promote books and authors based on their quality and vital message; not based on paid placement by publishers in this highly commercialized publishing environment.
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Hands on the
Freedom Plow
A standing room only crowd and C-SPAN Book TV came out for the launch of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Jennifer Lawson (WHUT) introduced the panel of seven editors and contributors on this 50th anniversary of SNCC.
Create Dangerously
We were honored to partner with TransAfrica Forum to host Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat with her new book of essays about being an immigrant artist. Renee Poussaint introduced her to a full house. Story and photos.
James Loewen on the Civil War
Lies My Teacher Told Me author James Loewen shared his new book of primary documents on the Civil War that challenge the myths about the reasons for the Civil War and address questions of "states rights."
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Mendez v. Westminster
Philippa Strum presented the little known story of this key Mexican-American school desegration struggle. A Latina law student in the audience thanked us for hosting the event, saying this was the first she had heard of the case.
Board and Staff Changes
Alicia Horton
Alicia Horton introduces Dr. Dorothy Height at the launch of Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching.
Thank you Alicia Horton
Board chair Alicia Horton stepped down after 13 years on the board. She said: "My time on the Board has been gratifying, stimulating, challenging, fascinating, and magnificent. I leave completely confident that Teaching for Change is in capable and accomplished hands. Thank you for the opportunity to have worked with the best for such an essential and imperative cause."

Counter-clockwise from left: Jonathan B. Tucker, Allyson Criner, Jozi Zwerdling, America Calderon, Lauren Cooper, Derrick Weston Brown, Dyana Forester, Katie Seitz, LaTissia Mitchell, Don Allen, Deborah Menkart.


New Staff and Promotions
Congratulations to Don Allen, our bookstore general manager of 5 years, who has been promoted to publications director. 

We are pleased to welcome two new full time staff members: Allyson Criner as associate director and LaTissia Mitchell as bookstore assistant manager. More... 
Honoring Our Donors

Teacher and artist Anike Robinson is handcrafting donor plaques for contributors of $250 or more. Each one has a unique design.


The beautiful plaques are mounted in our bookstore at Busboys and Poets.


Donors also have the option of receving a signed book from one of the many noted authors we have hosted in the bookstore.



A continuous slide show next to the plaques in the bookstore describes our work and features quotes and stories about our donors, such as Robert Babiak.
Tull Family with Judy Richardson
We have received extra support this year from 20th anniversary events, including a Tull family house party with SNCC veteran and Eyes on the Prize associate producer Judy Richardson (center). More events and contributors.
We honor YOU for your support. You contribute to our overall mission to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world.

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Deborah Menkart
Executive Director, Teaching for Change

Board, staff, funders, and partners of Teaching for Change.