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Celebrating Skin Tone
The science and poetry of skin colorBy Katharine Johnson
An early elementary school teacher combines a science lesson and poetry to encourage children to celebrate their own skin tone and that of their classmates.
Other People’s Lives
Persona poems teach insight and empathyBy Linda Christensen
An introduction to persona poems, which ask students “to find that place inside themselves that connects with a moment in history, literature, life.”
“I Am a Feather”
“I Am” poems based on “The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee”By Bob Peterson
A 5th-grade teacher uses N. Scott Momaday’s brilliant imagery to inspire his students to write metaphoric “I Am” poems.
They Deserve Good Teaching, Too
Social justice in a classroom for students with autismBy Leanna Carollo
A teaching assistant working with students with autism realizes the behavior modification-based teaching strategies she is told to use are robbing her students of voice and independence. She tries something else instead.
Ellos también merecen una buena enseñanza
La justicia social en un salón para niños con autismoPor Leanna Carollo | Traducido por Nicholas Yurchenco
Una asistente educativa que trabaja con estudiantes con autismo se da cuenta que la enseñanza para modificar el comportamiento que le piden que utilice les está robando a sus estudiantes su voz e independencia. Así que prueba una alternativa.
The Koch Brothers Sneak into School
Right-wing billionaires buy their way into social studies classesBy Bill Bigelow
The Koch-funded Bill of Rights Institute cherry-picks the Constitution, history, and current events to hammer home the lesson that freedom means freedom to make money.
A Tale of Two Districts
The Long Reach and Deep Pockets of Corporate ReformBy Stan Karp
A comparison of corporate reform strategies and popular resistance in two very different districts in New Jersey—Newark and Montclair—reveals the flexibility of the privatizers and the potential of solidarity across communities.
Black Students' Lives Matter
Building the school to justice pipelineBy The Editors of Rethinking Schools
Long Island Teacher Boycotts Common Core Tests
Charter Discipline Rules Don’t Meet Codes
Black Girls Matter
SF Catholic Schools Fight New “Morality Clauses”
New Mexico Students Protest PARCC
- In Memoriam: Remembering Harold Berlak By Bob Peterson
- Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources.
- Fairy Tales Retold By Elizabeth Marshall
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.