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"I realized that if I was going to ask my students to speak up, I was going to have to tell my truth and be honest with them about the times where I failed to do so." --Clint Smith, high school teacher

Clint Smith.
So began Clint's story about silences and their damaging consequences to his students and his own integrity. He ended his story with the commitment to "live every day as if there were a microphone tucked under my tongue, a stage on the underside of my inhibition."

Clint was one of eight teacher storytellers for the Teacher Appreciation Week collaboration between Speakeasy DC and Teaching for Change.

With large numbers of Central American students crossing the border and coming to schools throughout the U.S. this year, it is more important than ever to include Central American history and literature in the classroom. We have posted on our website free downloadable lessons, book recommendations, and poetry. We also offer a workshop for schools on Central American history and literature. Read more.

 Latino Literature for the Classroom
For Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) and all year long, here is a collection of literature (fiction and non-fiction) for pre-K-12 to go beyond the stereotypical tacos-and-mariachis approach! View list.

Girl Scout Troop 3859 (St. Augustine's) is hosting a book drive on Sept. 12-14 in support of four local programs for children. Meet them at our Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14th &V) and offer your support. Learn more.

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