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Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality
Illustration: Favianna Rodriguez
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Queering Our Schools

How can we create classrooms and schools where discrimination and assumptions about gender and/or sexuality don’t keep us from nurturing every child, parent, and staff member?

Editorial: Queering Schools

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

500 Feet of Respect: Queering a Study of the Criminal Justice System

By Adam Kelley
Facing conflict in his school fueled by racism and homophobia, a teacher develops curriculum for the school-to-prison pipeline aimed at building bridges and academic skills.


Organizing Resistance to Teach For America

By Kerry Kretchmar and Beth Sondel
Former TFA corps members join with parents, students, and veteran teachers to organize a people’s assembly and nationalize efforts against TFA.

An Open Letter to Teach For America Recruits

By Katie Osgood
A Chicago teacher urges TFA recruits to think twice before they sign up.

Nota a nuestros lectores: En esta edición, tres artículos están disponibles tanto en español como en inglés. Si está interesado en integrarse a esta labor de traducción, por favor comuníquese con Andreina Velasco (

Note to our readers: In this issue, three articles are available in Spanish as well as English. If you are interested in joining this translation effort, please contact Andreina Velasco (

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Founded in 1986 by activist teachers, Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit, independent publisher of educational materials.

We advocate the reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice.