While most claim to welcome all families and to honor diversity, day-to-day practices in schools with children of color, low-income youth, and immigrant youth fall far short of the ideal. Teaching for Change plays a central role in grassroots education reform in the DC region. Its Zinn Education Project brings the history of working people, people of color, and organized social movements into the classroom. It also makes available the best selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators. Curricular innovation, powerful professional development for teachers, and meaningful parent engagement are now even more critical as racial bias and injustice have emerged as urgent national issues. In our COVID-19 world, staff have reformatted lessons for user-friendliness, supported engagement with harder-to-reach families, and moved parent engagement and teacher workshops online – until the day when schools can permanently reopen.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 1
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax
Age Groups Served: All
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees
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Awards & Recognition
Selected in 2010 by the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group, coordinated by the Harvard Family Research Project, as one of twelve examples of leading innovations in family engagement, Taking Leadership, Innovating Change.
Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award (2004) for "Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching"
- Indigenous Peoples' Day: Rethinking American History
Sun Oct 7 2018, Smithsonian Magazine Online
This September the museum and Teaching for Change hosted an Indigenous People's Indigenous People's Curriculum Day and Teach-In.
- A Better Way to Teach the Civil Rights Movement
Wed Sep 19 2018, Edutopia
Broudo recently joined more than two dozen middle and high school teachers at Duke University for a three-week summer institute.
- Teaching about Central American immigration
Mon Jul 23 2018, Al Dia
Teaching for Change created a lesson plan to use the real-life stories of young people who have migrated from Central America.
- Scholastic Under Fire for Children's Book Portrayal of Trump
Thu Jun 14 2018, YES! Magazine
Parents and teachers aren't angry over what the new book says about the president, but rather what it leaves out.
- Bringing Black Lives Matter Movement to School
Sat Feb 24 2018, School Library Journal
The library was silent, a rarity at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus, a public school in Washington, DC.
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