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August 2011

Dear Zinn Education Project friends,

Despite the national heat wave, there is an air of hope and possibility as we launch the new school year. The desire for meaningful changes in approaches to education can be felt, from July's Save Our Schools March and Rally to the victory in stopping Scholastic from distributing pro-coal curriculum for the American Coal Foundation.  


This update offers more evidence that, despite budget cuts and more standardized tests, teachers are looking for new ways to approach the classroom, to engage students, and to teach a people's history that matters.  


We are happy to share stories with you about new teaching activities posted at our website, new registrants, a fundraiser, StoryCorps' National Teachers Initiative, upcoming conferences, the Pentagon Papers, and new resources.  


Stay tuned, this fall is poised for some colorful leaves of change.  


More free teaching activities 

10 New Lesson Posted 

We have just posted 10 new teaching resources at our website! These include a dramatic role play about the little-known Japanese Latin American internment during World War II; an article on working with Lewis Hine's photos of child labor; activities on the first-ever Indigenous People's Summit on Climate Change; and a role play that puts students in the position of being members of the American Anti-Slavery Society, who must choose the most effective ways to fight slavery. Visit our website to see all 10 of the new teaching tools we have available.

The Zinn Education Project introduces students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. 
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12,000 Teachers Teaching Outside the Textbook----Help Us  

Reach 20,000 

12,000 RegistrantsPeople come across the Zinn Education Project all sorts of ways.  


Hector Perez, Mountain View, CA, says he was "mining the net in search of gold nuggets. Found one!"


Grace Mason, Brighton, MI, heard of the Zinn Education Project "through CREDO. . . .I've read Howard Zinn in my education classes, but no one has ever mentioned an entire project devoted to bettering teaching techniques."


Some of you, like Rob Haworth, La Crosse, WI, are simply, "In the know!!!"


However, the strongest form of outreach is word of mouth between colleagues, teachers, professors, school administrators, and parents----thank you for sharing. 


Help us reach 20,000 by continuing to share the site information, taking booklets and bookmarks to your school meetings and education conferences, and "liking" us on Facebook.


Read more about 12,000 teachers teaching outside the textbook.  




People's History Across the Country, and Around the World  

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Join us on

International Peace Day  

for the dedication of the

Howard Zinn Room  


Busboys and Poets  

Hyattsville, MD  

Sept. 21, 2011 | 6-10 p.m.  


Special guests, music,  

and a The People Speak Live! Reading  


Full restaurant event and a fundraiser/reception for the  

Zinn Education Project    


Hosted by Jeff Zinn and Andy Shallal. Featured presenters: Bernice Johnson Reagon, Amy Goodman, Anthony Arnove, Dave Zirin, Laura Flanders, Marian Wright Edelman, E. Ethelbert Miller, Medea Benjamin, Regie Cabico, Judy Richardson, Craig and Cindy Corrie, Bill Fletcher Jr., Mary Beth Tinker, Barbara Ehrenreich, and more.  


tickets iconHost committee includes presenters above and Myla Kabat-Zinn, Alice Walker, Steve Kohn, Bill Moyers, Clarence Lusane, Brenda Coughlin, Knox Tull, Phyllis Bennis, William Holtzman, Don Murray, Heather McGhee, Beverly Daniel Tatum, and more. Reception includes appetizers, beer, wine, soft drinks, and gift bags. Reception is $100 per ticket.    


Coordinating Organizations:  

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Busboys and Poets 

Zinn Education Project 

Voices of a People's History 

Voices of a People's History 


 Can't attend but would like to make a donation? You can donate here. 

Partnering with StoryCorps' National Teachers Initiative  


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The Zinn Education Project is teaming up with StoryCorps, the national nonprofit oral history project, for their National Teachers Initiative. This initiative seeks to honor and celebrate the impact of public school teachers by recording, sharing, and preserving their stories. We are excited at this opportunity to introduce StoryCorps to teachers in the Zinn Education Project community. 


Learn more about the National Teachers Initiative, or email [email protected].




Upcoming Conferences




Teachers for Social Justice SF 

Teachers for Social Justice - San Francisco  

Oct. 9, 2011

  San Francisco  

tsj chicago 

Teachers for Social Justice - Chicago  

Nov. 19, 2011   


NCSS Conference  

National Council for the Social Studies  

Dec. 2--4, 2011

Washington, D.C. 

See full schedule  

New Resources


Zinn on History 

Howard Zinn 

on History  

Introduction by

Staughton Lynd

Zinn on Race  

Howard Zinn

on Race

Introduction by  

Cornel West 

Zinn on War  

Howard Zinn

on War  

 Introduction by

Marilyn B. Young


Teaching with Voices of a People's History  

Why the Pentagon Papers Matter Now 

Post comments to win free book; grand prize is dinner with Daniel Ellsberg


Most Dangerous Man - Why the PP Matter Amongst its accumulating laurels, the film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. On the 40th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers release, Daniel Ellsberg published an essay: Why the Pentagon Papers Matter NowThe film producers want to get your opinion on this topic. The first 100 people to post will get a free copy of Ellsberg's book, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, one grand prize winner will receive dinner with Daniel Ellsberg. Post your story now






Lauren Cooper 

Zinn Education Project