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RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE

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Editorial: Making Black Lives Matter in Our Schools

How do you kill Mr. Phil and nothing happens?” According to parent Zuki Ellis, this is the question students at J. J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul were asking just a few days into summer. On June 16, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile, or Mr. Phil as students knew him, was acquitted on all charges. Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill. He served as a role model for hundreds of kids, memorized the names and allergies of all 500 students, and greeted them with high-fives while they waited in line for breakfast. As news of the verdict spread, Ellis and other parents... Read More »

Volume 32, No. 1 - Fall 2017 Table of Contents

Cover Stories

How One Elementary School Sparked A Citywide Movement to Make Black Students' Lives Matter

Teachers at one Seattle school show the important role educators have to play in the movement for Black lives, in part by creating a Black Lives Matter at School day, having 3,000 teachers wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts, and responding together to issues like the death of Charleena Lyles. 

How One Elementary School Sparked A Citywide Movement to Make Black Students' Lives Matter

Beyond Just a Cells Unit

What My Science Students Learned from the Story of Henrietta Lacks

A science teacher includes Black voices and Black history in her classroom by building curriculum around The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. In doing so, she shows how nonfiction books should not be relegated to language arts but can be effective in a science classroom.

Beyond Just a Cells Unit

What We Don't Learn About the Black Panther Party — but Should

The history of the Black Panther Party holds vital lessons for today’s movement for Black lives and all movements to confront racism, inequality, and police violence. But our textbooks distort the significance of the Panthers — or exclude them completely.

What We Don't Learn About the Black Panther Party — but Should

Black is Beautiful

A kindergarten teacher uses images, literature, poetry, and collages — as well as her own history — to challenge students' implicit bias and preconceived notions surrounding the color black and to teach the lesson that Black is beautiful.

Black is Beautiful

Who Do I Belong To?

A Black Teacher's Dilemma

A teacher in a predominantly white school and classroom describes how she chose to protect and educate one of her Black students, rather than use him to educate her white students.

Who Do I Belong To?
Features

The Struggle for Bilingual Education

An Interview by Bob Peterson with Bilingual Education Advocate Tony Báez

Organizer and advocate Tony Báez has been fighting for improved bilingual education programs for decades. In this interview, he talks about the current state of bilingual education and describes how parents and educators won a maintenance K–12 bilingual program in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

The Struggle for Bilingual Education

"Stupid Book of Wrongness"

The Heartland Institute's Climate Change Denial Book Meets Informed 3rd and 4th Graders

A teacher shows his 3rd- and 4th-grade students the Heartland Institute's climate change denial book that was sent to every science teacher in the nation. 

"Stupid Book of Wrongness"

"No One is Going to Tell Us What is Right"

Language and Decolonization in Alaska

A journalist explores the way Indigenous language and community is connected to the classroom in several communities in Alaska, and explores how educators there have built new frameworks to fight against Eurocentric curriculum.

"No One is Going to Tell Us What is Right"
Resources

Our Fall 2017 Picks for Books, Videos, Websites, and Other Social Justice Education Resources

Our Fall 2017 Picks for Books, Videos, Websites, and Other Social Justice Education Resources
Departments