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Fall 2013 News and Updates
John Carlos, '68 Olympics

I am pleased to share some highlights from Teaching for Change's work. We are particularly proud of the role we played during the March on Washington 50th Anniversary in August to emphasize the hidden people's history of this major event, drawing on our publication Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching.

We challenged assumptions through our March on Washington Mythbusters Quiz; we were interviewed and featured in the Washington Post writer Courtland Milloy's August 27 column on unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement; and our Zinn Education Project (coordinated with Rethinking Schools) featured an article by activist Bill Fletcher Jr. on the central, yet now overlooked, role of black labor in the March on Washington. 

Our success is made possible by the ongoing support of allies like you. Help us deepen our impact by sharing these stories (as well as our resources for parents and teachers) as we continue building social justice, starting in the classroom.



Deborah Menkart
Executive Director

Put Central America
on the Map in Schools
Put Central America on the Map in Schools
"They burned the history that made us who we were." -- Gioconda Belli, from Nicaragua, is one of the authors featured in our campaign to counter the invisibility of Central American history and literature in schools during Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month and all year long. Read more.


Teaching for Change Presents & Learns at the Schomburg Center
Teaching for Change was honored to present a half-day workshop for teachers at the 4th Annual Black History 360º Summer Education Institute in July at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Read more.


"Rethinking Malcolm X" 
Special Event
Textbooks generally describe Malcolm X in comparison to Dr. King. King was good, reasonable, and nonviolent. Malcolm X was the opposite. Missing is an accurate description of what Malcolm X stood for. On October 23, we will host a special event with Enid Lee and A. Peter Bailey in D.C. about the hidden history of Malcolm X and implications for the classroom. Read more.
Banned Books:
People's History Under Attack 
Banned books

Despite students and teachers testifying to the positive impact of A People's History, efforts are still under way to erase this history. Learn how Purdue University President Mitch Daniels tried to ban its use in public schools across Indiana and how we helped bring this story to national attention. Read more.



The Write Stuff
Getting Multicultural
Books into Schools

The Georgetown Day School Equity Collaborative and Alexandria City Public Schools ELL Office partnered with Teaching for Change to provide teachers with progressive multicultural literature. By ordering from us, they helped to sustain the careful selection of titles available through our physical and virtual bookstore. Read more.

Mary McLeod Bethune,
Educator and Activist
Mary McLeod Bethune
"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read." -- Mary McLeod Bethune. On August 14, Teaching for Change co-hosted historian Dr. Ida E. Jones for a discussion of Jones' new book, Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C.: Activism and Education in Logan CircleRead more.


Tellin' Stories
School Principal Testifies to Vital Role of Tellin' Stories 
School Principal share secret
Before Teaching for Change started grade level dialogues at Orr ES, "it seemed like teachers would just talk at parents, whereas now parents  sit down and have a conversation as equals." -- Orr Principal Michelle Edwards in a conversation with us just before her retirement. Read more.


Tellin' Stories Community Walks Featured in Education Leadership
Tellin Stories Community Walks

Visiting the neighborhood surrounding a school is a key way to learn about students and their families. Parent-led community walks for teachers (pioneered by our Tellin' Stories Project) made national news this June. Read more.

Teaching People's History
Howard Zinn,
Our Favorite Teacher
"We were all from different backgrounds, but Howard Zinn spoke about the things that made us more alike than different." -- Annette Jones White, Spelman College class of 1964, is one of more than a dozen former students of Howard Zinn who shared memories of him as a teacher through our Zinn Education Project. Read more.
Summer Institute 2013:
Education and Freedom Schools 

Freedom Schools were on the minds of twenty-two students who spent a week this summer learning about the history of these schools in McComb, Miss. in advance of the 50th anniversary in 2014. This institute was funded by a Kellogg Foundation grant to Teaching for Change. Read more.



Thank You
Dr. Judie Moore Latta
and Nigel Brown
Teaching for Change is grateful for the continued support of our donors. Peabody award-winning producer Dr. Judi Moore Latta and Nigel Brown are among those highlighted on our donor profiles page. Read more. 


2013 Summer Interns

This summer Teaching for Change welcomed a dynamic team of volunteers: Anne Preston, Elizabeth Behrens, Charity Porotesano, and Shelly Wen. Here are just some of the ways in which they advanced our work by leaps and bounds. Read more.

Mark Your Calendar
Honoring Authors of African Descent: Hurston/Wright
Legacy Awards
For the 12th year, the Hurston/Wright Foundation will host its premiere award ceremony that recognizes the creativity, diversity, and excellence of writers of African descent. Teaching for Change is pleased to be  a partner for this special event. Read more. 
Clyde Kennard, Martyr of the Civil Rights Movement, to be Honored
 on 50th Anniversary

Teaching for Change is partnering with Americans Who Tell the Truth and SNCC veterans to highlight the life and legacy of unsung Mississippi activist Clyde Kennard on this 50th anniversary of his death. Please join us at this very special event on November 14 in D.C. Read More.  


  Parent Organizer América Calderón Wins Mayor's Award.
Special Event 10/17/2013

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