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 September 2012 News

School is back in session! Teaching for Change spent the summer conducting workshops, developing a campaign to teach about Central America during Latino Heritage Month, launching a new website, hosting a summer institute for youth on local voting rights history, and much more.


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Teaching About Central America
Ask Me About the Committed Generation
In honor of Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month, Teaching for Change is providing free resources online on Central American history and culture. The campaign is called Ask Me About the Committed Generation: Central America and the Struggle for Justice and features free classroom lessons, reading lists, and literary works from members of the Committed Generation, a group of Central American activist writers. Read more.


Immigration and Arizona
History Take the Stage
Jeff Biggers
Join us Wednesday, September 26 when we host State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream with author Jeff Biggers and Chude Mondlane, a fundraiser at Busboys and Poets. 
"Arizona's nativist Right gets pilloried in this feisty, very partisan chronicle of the state's immigration politics." -- Publishers Weekly 


Teaching Out LOUD
Thank you heart
Thank you again to all who donated to our Spring 2012 Teaching Out LOUD campaign! Social justice teaching should not be silenced, and we want to recognize the wonderful and generous individuals who helped us raise more than $10,000 for social justice books, lessons, trainings, and resources. Read more.

We Have a New Website!
TFC new website
With your help, we finally launched a brand new website that showcases our work and impact in a vibrant way. Do you know all of Teaching for Change's programs? The philosophy behind our work? What books and teaching guides we published? Find these answers, our social justice education calendar, and more online!
 Parent Organizing
Parent Spotlight:
Anai Crespo
Anai Crespo is a mother at Thomson Elementary (DCPS) who embodies the outcomes we want for all parents. A Spanish-only speaker, Anai has three children at the school in pre-K, third, and fifth grades. Last fall, she attended Tellin' Stories quilting sessions and emerged as one of the parent leaders willing to do more if given a chance. In a video interview, her fifth grade son Kevin speaks about how much more confident he is because of his mother's participation in school. Read more.

Tellin' Stories Training for 
DCPS Head Start
Head Start Training
How could this training be improved?
"More of it."
Role playing, strategy games, storytelling, and interviews were just some of the activities in store for the Community and Parent Outreach Coordinators for all of D.C. Public Schools' Head Start programs. "Thank you!" and "I enjoyed it!" were among the comments shared by the participants following an interactive training facilitated by the Tellin' Stories Project of Teaching for Change. Read more.
Books and Blogs
New Blog Posts from the Teaching for Change Bookstore
New Book List: Summer 2012

It's never too late to curl up with one of the great finds on our summer 2012 reading list, shared by thousands of teachers and parents. Check out our favorite children's, young adult, education, poetry books, and more.

New Book List: LGBT

June is Pride Month, and this year Teaching for Change released a LGBTQ book list with titles for all ages. From early childhood board books to poetry, memoirs to teaching resources, celebrate pride all year long.


  Teaching People's History
Artist Eleanor Rubin Offers
Signed Art Book for Donors
Artist Eleanor Rubin is generously donating signed copies of her book Dreams of Repair to contributors of $200 or more to the Zinn Education Project. Howard Zinn wrote in the foreword to the book: "While she is profoundly moved by the pain and suffering of war, her paintings affirm the joy of  living, both in their imagery and in the vivid colors she uses continuously." Read more.


Howard Zinn at 90 - Lessons from the People's Historian 



  Teaching about the Civil Rights Movement
McComb Students 
Present in D.C.
Thirteen high school students from Mississippi's McComb School District came to Washington, D.C. for an educational tour in conjunction with the National History Day (NHD) competition. During the trip, funded by a grant to Teaching for Change from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, students got a non-traditional tour, off the Mall, of historic sites in D.C. Read more.


Civil Rights Summer Institute: 
Voting Rights History

In July, twelve high school students from McComb stood in the hot shade of an Amite County farm and listened to a blues musician tell stories about growing up in the area during the Civil Rights Movement. The students were on a field trip for a week-long summer institute uncovering the hidden past of the local voter registration movement. Read more.

Paul Robeson Left Out 
of History Books

DCPS music teacher Ken Giles writes: "In recent years, Robeson has enjoyed a renaissance of interest and approval; he is even on a U.S. postage stamp. But Paul Robeson is not mentioned in the Making Music text used by many school districts. My students and I have written letters to demand that Pearson include Robeson in its textbook. I am asking teachers and students to join this effort." Read more.


Dangerous Legal Status Precedent Averted
 In mid-August, Teaching for Change became aware of a new requirement on the form for parents enrolling their children in afterschool programs for D.C. Public Schools: bring in proof of legal status. This is the first time we at Teaching for Change were aware of U.S. legal status being a requirement for public school programs in D.C., where our office is based.


People Who Make it Possible
Summer Interns
and Volunteers
We thank our four interns and volunteers from the summer of 2012: Sarah NeitzDominique HazzardBridget Feldman, and Amy Rothschild. They worked on our Ask Me About campaign, the "this day in history" album for the Zinn Education Project, and our resource list for the Anti-Bias Curriculum. Read more.
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