RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE

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The Largest Civil Rights Protest You've Never Heard Of

Teaching the 1964 New York City school boycott
For the complete lesson plan and classroom materials that accompany this article, click here or go to bit.ly/CivilRightsProtestLessonPlan. “Selma!” “Birmingham!” “Washington, D.C.!” Struggling to remember their Southern geography, my students slowly rattled off cities that came to mind. I had asked them “Where did the largest civil rights protest of the 1960s take place?” Their answers, building off of the traditional civil rights narrative they had learned in elementary and middle school, mostly consisted of Southern cities. They were wrong. The real answer is New York City, where most of my students were born and raised. This, of course, was no shock to me. Despite obligatory coverage of the Civil Rights Movement... Read More »

Volume 34, No. 2 — Winter 2019-20 Table of Contents

Free Editorial

Black Lives Matter at School: From the Week of Action to Year-Round Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Protest

Every social justice educator should make building the BLM at School Week of Action during the first week of February a top priority.

Black Lives Matter at School: From the Week of Action to Year-Round Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Protest
Features

Doing Race Talk with Teachers

How to stay in the conversation

A teacher-educator describes how she keeps her students talking about race, even when it's uncomfortable — and shows how those conversations make better teachers. 

Doing Race Talk with Teachers

Widening the Digital Learning Gap

A San Francisco middle school grapples with a tech company "partnership"

A San Francisco teacher-librarian describes what happened when Verizon came to her school bearing gifts.

Widening the Digital Learning Gap

How One 2nd-Grader's Story Inspired Climate Justice Curriculum

A 2nd-grade teacher shows how connecting a student's home to the classroom led to profound lessons for all her students — in this case, about pipelines and climate justice.

How One 2nd-Grader's Story Inspired Climate Justice Curriculum

Science Language for All

Oogenesis? Heterozygous? Science vocabulary can be difficult for students, especially English language learners. A science teacher describes how she reorients science classrooms to make vocabulary accessible. 

Science Language for All

As an Arab American Muslim Mother, Here Is the Education I Want for My Children

A Palestinian American mother describes the alienation that she felt in school, and how she draws on her experiences to imagine the schooling she wants for her children. 

As an Arab American Muslim Mother, Here Is the Education I Want for My Children
Departments
Commentary

Teacher Unions Take on the Climate Crisis

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms
Ed Alert

Red for Ed: The Movement Strengthens and Continues

"We Did What Had to Be Done"

A Milwaukee student responds to critics of a mural about ICE that she and a group of teenagers legally painted on a county bus