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Howling at the Ocean

Surviving My First Year Teaching

A first-year teacher struggles with what it means to be a social justice educator.

Howling at the Ocean

Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes

A special education teacher uses poetry to help her middle school students write their own narratives and celebrate themselves.

Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes

How My 4th-Grade Class Passed a Law on Teaching Mexican “Repatriation”

How 4th-grade students in Southern California were helped by their teachers to develop curriculum surrounding the mass deportation of U.S. citizens of Mexican heritage in the 1930s and pass a law to investigate what happened.

How My 4th-Grade Class Passed a Law on Teaching Mexican “Repatriation”

Sorry Not Sorry

Reckoning with the Power and Limitations of an Apology to Native Hawaiians

A high school teacher uses the #MeToo movement and students’ own experiences with apologies to interrogate the government’s 1993 apology to Native Hawaiians for the 1893 overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.

Sorry Not Sorry

Pushing Past Hate, Pushing Past Paladino

How One Community Organized for Racial Justice and to Remove a School Board Member

Trump supporter Carl Paladino’s racism, misogyny, and transphobia galvanized community members to oust him from the Buffalo School Board. Their struggle also laid the groundwork for new coalitions and progressive change.

Pushing Past Hate, Pushing Past Paladino

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

Novels The Inheritance By Christine Sleeter(Sleeter Publishing, 2018)226 pp. We need to “learn to stop acting like a colonizer.” This is the challenge Christine Sleeter poses for teachers who are not Indigenous in her page-turning second novel. Denise Fisher is a white 4th-grade teacher wrestling with her curricular and financial responsibility to address the dispossession of Indigenous peoples in the United States — a dispossession, she discovers, from which some of...

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

Teaching the Truth About Climate Change Is Up to Us, Because Textbooks Lie

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms

The second installment of our new environmental justice column focuses on one part of a resolution passed by the Portland, Oregon, school board that mandates the school district not use text material that doubts “the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.”

Teaching the Truth About Climate Change Is Up to Us, Because Textbooks Lie

Guns Out of Our Schools, Propaganda Out of Our Classrooms

There’s much that we as educators can do to combat gun violence and get guns out of our schools. One of our roles as teachers is to guide students to examine the roots of an issue. When we talk about the Bill of Rights and the roots of the Second Amendment, we can expose the popular mythology that surrounds it — that this is somehow about individuals resisting government oppression — and lay out its true intent: to defend and deepen white supremacy.  We must also lead the charge against programs like the NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program that normalize guns and gun violence.

Guns Out of Our Schools, Propaganda Out of Our Classrooms

The 2018 Wave of Teacher Strikes

A Turning Point for Our Schools?

The wave of struggles sweeping through the United States are more than “red state” revolts. They are rebellions against the austerity and privatization that has been driving federal and state economic policy for decades. The dynamics and political landscape are different in each state. However, almost all of the states where statewide actions have occurred are right-to-work states, which have seen the steepest cuts in school funding and sharpest erosion of teacher pay and benefits. These states are less likely to have collective bargaining rights and local district contracts. This puts more focus on state budgets and state decisions about healthcare and pensions, and encourages statewide action focused on the legislature. Consequently, many of the walkouts have been more akin to mass political protests seeking broad changes in public policy. But other common factors underlying these grassroots protests are likely to keep rebellion spreading to “purple” states like Colorado (where there was a walkout in April) and North Carolina (May) and beyond. Almost everywhere in “red states” and “blue states” alike, budget and tax policy has been used to erode social services, shrink public space, undermine union power, and transfer wealth upward, all the while making the lives of working people harder.

The 2018 Wave of Teacher Strikes

Beyond the Medal: Representations of Disability in Caldecott Winners

We often think of Caldecott books as the gold standard for picture books. Here the authors of "10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Ableism" look at what these prize-winning books tell young children about disability.

Beyond the Medal: Representations of Disability in Caldecott Winners

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