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When They Tried to Steal Our Classrooms
By Amy Lindahl
Teachers learn that the district’s plan for a desperately needed school renovation is based on “100 percent utilization”— teachers will rotate through classrooms, losing the home bases students depend on. They organize to change the plan.
What Happened to Spanish?
How high-stakes tests doomed biliteracy at my schoolBy Grace Cornell Gonzales
A 3rd-grade bilingual teacher describes how administrators’ anxiety about standardized test results erodes both a school’s commitment to Spanish literacy and students’ love for learning.
¿Qué le pasó al español?
Cómo fue que las pruebas de alta exigencia condenaron a la educación bilingüe en mi escuelaBy Grace Cornell Gonzales | Translated By Vanesa Ortiz Solís
Una maestra bilingüe describe cómo la ansiedad que sienten los administradores escolares con respecto a los resultados de los exámenes estandarizados disminuye el compromiso de la escuela con el desarrollo de la lectoescritura en español y el amor de los estudiantes por el aprendizaje.
Passion Counts: The “I Love” Admissions Essay
By Linda Christensen
Seniors write admissions essays based on something they feel passionate about, discovering at the same time that they are “college material.”
Space for Young Black Women: An Interview with Candice Valenzuela
By Jody Sokolower
The story of the development, challenges, and successes of a support group for Black girls at an Oakland, California, high school.
Who's Stealing Our Jobs?
NAFTA and xenophobiaBy Tom McKenna
As a way to deal with racial tensions between his Black and Latina/o students, a high school teacher examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
My So-Called Public School
School foundations and the myth of funding equityBy Ursula Wolfe-Rocca
A teacher uses her own school to illustrate how school foundations perpetuate inequality within districts and states.
Bringing social justice to chemistryBy Karen Zaccor
Building on the lead-poisoned water scandal in Flint, Michigan, a Chicago chemistry teacher helps her students explore lead poisoning in their own city.
Ebola: Teaching Science, Race, and the Media
By Alexa Schindel, Sara Tolbert
Two teacher educators encourage their students to think about the impact of racial and colonial biases on media coverage of science issues—and on scientists.
- Racism, Xenophobia, and the Election
- Fighting to Teach Climate Justice By the editors of Rethinking Schools
- Mexican Teachers Fight Corporate Reform
- Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources.
- Saul Alinsky Lives! By Matt Alexander
Rethinking Bilingual Education is an exciting new collection of articles about bringing students’ home languages into our classrooms.
For almost two decades, teachers have looked to Reading, Writing, and Rising Up as a trusted text to integrate social justice teaching in language arts classrooms.
Teaching is a lifelong challenge, but the first few years in the classroom are typically a teacher’s hardest.