Teaching for Change Spring Update


Lisa Delpit We are delighted to share highlights of our work so far in 2012 building social justice with teachers, parents, and students. At right, renowned author Lisa Delpit signs copies of her new book Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People's Children at a Teaching for Change author event with a full house this month in Busboys and Poets. 
We hope you enjoy these news stories made possible by the support of donors, funders, and allies like you. Please help us deepen our impact by sharing these stories, talking about What Kids Aren't Learning, and joining our Teaching Out LOUD campaign.
Deborah Menkart
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Teaching Out LOUD


Now more than ever, an education that teaches students to examine the truth in history and society is under attack. Children are being denied books, lessons, and teachers that encourage social justice and academic excellence.



Help Teaching for Change create schools where children learn to read, write, and change the world by taking action in our Teaching Out LOUD campaign. Read more.





What Kids Aren't Learning - Teaching Out LOUD Kick-Off WHAT KIDS AREN'T LEARNING

On March 12, we raised over $7000 at the
Teaching Out LOUD kickoff event What Kids Aren't Learning: History Under Attack and Why It Matters, featuring panelists Jeff Biggers, Enid Lee, and Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Watch and share clips online. 


Over the course of the evening, the panel drew from contemporary events and educational standards to provide context for the current attack on K-12 education... (read more).


Dr. Khalil Muhammad

"There are some profound tendencies in this country to deliberately under-educate people..."


Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture



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Dr. Khalil Muhammad

"When we say [teaching history] is painful, shameful, embarrassing---- to whom? For whom? Because clearly the students who everyday are being left out of the curriculum, being marginalized, are in pain.... We have to ask, 'Who is it painful for?'"


Enid Lee, Teacher educator and co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays


Jeff Biggers

"I see that same process now of how they are strip mining [and] removing aspects of history in order to not discuss it."


Jeff Biggers, Cultural historian, journalist, and activist



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Organization Announcements
Black History Is U.S. History
Ask Me About Freedom Schools

Black History is U.S. History
This February, Teaching for Change promoted the importance of teaching Black History all year with Ask me about: Freedom Schools commemorative buttons and a webpage with resources for teachers and students. Why Freedom Schools? Teaching for Change advocates for the type of learning and pedagogy used in Freedom Schools. Read more.

You can still make a donation and request your own limited edition commemorative button while supplies last.  
Tellin' Stories
Promising Early Results from Evaluation 
Teaching for Change's parent engagement approach "encourages parents to voice and work proactively, often with school staff, to address their concerns," concludes the group conducting a formal evaluation of the Tellin' Stories Project in an early report. Tellin' Stories has been recognized nationally as one of the most effective approaches in the country for breaking barriers to school engagement for traditionally marginalized parents. Read more. 
Bringing Parents Back to the Table
"I feel more confident because of the Tellin' Stories meetings - I can approach the principal and the teachers... What I didn't do when my other children were in school, I'm doing now," says Olga Salazar, a parent from Thomson Elementary (DCPS) in Washington, D.C. 
Using Teaching for Change's unique approach to family engagement, Thomson has seen more parents participating this year than in recent memory. Read More. 
Book Giveaways and Great Events 
for D.C. Area Educators
We've Got a Job   Black Indians Sylvia & Aki Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark

Teaching for Change is pleased to announce these special events for D.C.-area educators. They include author events with books about teaching and middle school literature. Thanks to a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, we are able to offer free books for teachers at selected events.

NAACP Image Award Nominees for Literature include Progressive Favorites of Teaching for Change

Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore proudly hosted several of the nominated authors in the past year in Washington D.C.: Tayari Jones, Toure, Melissa Harris-Perry, John Carlos, Dave Zirin, Elijah Anderson, and Harry Belafonte. Read more.
Zinn Education Project
Zinn Education Project rallies to raise awareness of the Tucson, Ariz. banning of Mexican American Studies  
No History is Illegal
The Zinn Education Project signed on to the Teacher Activists Groups network's No History Is Illegal campaign to defend Tucson's Mexican American Studies (MAS) program. The Mexican American Studies program was declared illegal by the state attorney general, classes were terminated, and books were banned. As part of the No History Is Illegal campaign, teachers across the United States are encouraged to teach lessons and use books from the banned Mexican American Studies program. ___________________________________________

Monet Cooper Teacher Takes the Pledge to Teach about Tucson 
English teacher Monét Cooper raised awareness about the struggle in Tucson with her 10th graders at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. She explained that: "After watching excerpts from the documentary Precious Knowledge, I knew this was an issue my students needed to discuss and take action on in the classroom. I quickly wrote a lesson plan based on a poem by Martín Espada and our current theme of bullying." 


In each of her four classes, Cooper repeated the same lesson, engaging students in a poetry study that was interrupted by a prearranged intruder. Read more
If We Knew Our History Series Launched
if We Knew Our History
The Zinn Education Project announced a new monthly column called  If We Knew Our History on the importance of teaching a people's history. The articles were featured at Huffington Post and Common Dreams online. Read and share The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools and Changing the Climate in Schools. Register for the Zinn Education Project.

Zinn Education Project Receives $67,000 from Working Assets/CREDO 
Thanks to all who voted on the 2011 Working Assets/CREDO ballot. We were awarded $67,000, about half the annual funds needed to operate the Zinn Education Project (coordinated with Rethinking Schools). Please add your support by making a donation in 2012.

2011 Highlights
Zinn Education Project 2011 Highlights
 In 2011, we added 10 new teaching activities, became one of five national partners with StoryCorps' National Teachers Initiative, raised nearly $8,000 from a Busboys and Poets fundraiser and posted video clip highlights, had a booth display at the National Council for the Social Studies and hosted a session with James Loewen, and registered 9,338 more teachers. Read more.



Civil Rights Movement
McComb, Mississippi Students Take Civil Rights Movement History Tour

McComb Students take Civil Rights Tour
"You read about it and you have it for a minute and then you lose it. When you experience it hands-on it stays with you forever," said sophomore Sabrina Mays about the 3-day Civil Rights Movement tour in May of 2011 for 44 students from McComb, Miss. Watch the videoRead more.


Teaching for Change co-hosts film screenings of Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
Teaching for Change was honored to co-host two Washington, D.C. community film screenings and discussions in January of Sharon La Cruise's Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock in support of ITVS's Women and Girls Lead Initiative. Read more.


Spring Volunteers

Teaching for Change offers many thanks and best wishes to our spring 2012 interns: Noor Kalkat, Laurence Moses, Gabriel Deerman
and Elizabeth Zinar!
Celebrating Anniversaries 
Tellin' Stories Parent Organizer América Calderón and Senior Publications Coordinator Lauren Cooper are two reasons behind our growth and success these past few years. Please join us in congratulating them on their 4th and 5th anniversaries respectively as Teaching for Change staff members.


Donor Spotlight
Donor Spotlight
Linda Finkel-Talvadkar "I love how Teaching for Change works with teachers and parents to provide an education for children and young adults that will cause them to think creatively, question the status quo and strive for the betterment of all. Rarely does an organization come along that echoes your thoughts, goals, and aspirations for the world. Teaching for Change does that for me. That is why I donate to this well deserving organization." -- Linda Finkel-Talvadkar, Teaching for Change donor