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'Billionaires Can't Teach Our Kids'

Why the Los Angeles teachers' strike was historic

There’s no need for teachers in other cities to reinvent the wheel: study Los Angeles.

'Billionaires Can't Teach Our Kids'

Why We Should Teach Reconstruction

Unfortunately, the transformative history of Reconstruction has been buried. First by a racist tale masquerading as history and now under a top-down narrative focused on white elites. It’s long overdue we unearth the groundswell of activity that brought down the slavers of the South and set a new standard for freedom we are still struggling to achieve today.

Why We Should Teach Reconstruction

This Is What Solidarity Looks Like

Illustration: Christiane Grauert All of us have learned some lessons about the meaning of solidarity from the recent events in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “budget repair bill” was a draconian assault on workers’ rights and unions. He followed this with what the Wisconsin education superintendent called “the greatest state cut to education since the Great Depression” and a host of other cuts that disproportionately affect poor people and people of...

This Is What Solidarity Looks Like

Anti-Racist Organizing in LA

Members of the Coalition for Educational Justice explain the group's origins and its campaign against high-stakes testing.

Anti-Racist Organizing in LA

40 Acres and a Mule

Role-playing what Reconstruction could have been

A high school teacher uses a role play so students can imagine life during Reconstruction, the possibilities of the post-Civil War era, and the difficult decisions that Black communities had to wrestle with.

40 Acres and a Mule

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

An uprising for racial justice in education

In an era when a U.S. president calls Haiti and African nations shithole countries; a time when hate crimes are on the rise; a time when Black students are suspended at four times the rate of white students; and a time when we have lost 26,000 Black teachers since 2002, building a movement for racial justice in the schools is an urgent task. Black lives will matter at schools only when this movement becomes a mass uprising that unites the power of educator unions and families to transform public education.

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action

Introducing the New, New Teacher Book

We need teachers who want to work in a place where human connections matter more than profit. We also wrote this book because we have had days — many days — where our teaching aspirations did not meet the reality of the chaos we encountered. We have experienced those late afternoons crying-alone-in-the-classroom kind of days when a lesson failed or we felt like our students hosted a party in the room and we were the uninvited guests. We wrote this book hoping it might offer solace and comfort on those long days when young teachers wonder if they are cut out to be a teacher at all.

Introducing the New, New Teacher Book

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources

Novel Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots By Margarita EngleIllustrated by Rudy Gutierrez(Simon & Schuster, 2018)179 pp. Every 20th-century U.S. history class covers World War II. However, the 1943 attack by white sailors on Mexican Americans, Filipinos, and African Americans in Los Angeles, known as the Zoot Suit Riots, gets little mention. Author Margarita Engle uses free verse to bring this history to life through a wide range...

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Honor Their Names

Students’ names are the first thing teachers know about the young people who enter our classrooms; they can signal country of origin, gender, language. Students’ names provide the first moment when a teacher can demonstrate their warmth and humanity, their commitment to seeing and welcoming students’ languages and cultures into the classroom.

Honor Their Names

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources

Curriculum Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary Edited by Taylor Pendergrass and Mateo Hoke(Haymarket Books, 2018)282 pp. This volume is the latest from Voices of Witness, a nonprofit seeking to amplify “unheard voices” through oral history. Six by Ten offers 13 stories of solitary confinement from prisoners, former prisoners, their families, and prison workers. These histories confirm that solitary confinement is torture, but also explain its place in the larger dehumanization...

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