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Learn about Teaching for Change and how to access resources based on the concepts of racial equity, popular education, community organizing, and research on family engagement.

Teaching Resources

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world.

By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens. Our professional development, publications, and parent organizing programs serve teachers, other school staff, and parents. Our main focus is national and we have dedicated programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Video: Building Stronger Schools with Parent Power

This story is one example of how we build stronger schools with parent power. Teaching for Change's approach to family engagement increases parents’ access to schools and broadens their roles as supporters, educators, advocates, decision-makers, and ambassadors. In claiming these roles, parents use their power collaboratively to transform schools.

Resistance 101: A Lesson on Social Justice Activists and Strategies

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Anti-Bias Education

Articles, Recommended Books

Anti-bias curriculum is an approach to early childhood education that sets forth values-based principles and methodology in support of respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness. The overarching goal is creating a climate of positive self and group identity development.

Black Lives Matter at School

Lessons, Articles, Recommended Books, Films, and more

Resources for teaching about the 13 principles of the Black Lives Matter movement during the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (the first week of February) and all year long.

Challenge Islamophobia

Lessons, Articles, Recommended Books, and more

Most teaching resources and teacher workshops about Islam and Muslims focus on increasing knowledge of religious texts, beliefs, and rituals rather than addressing the root causes of Islamophobia. Rather, the lessons teach all of us to rethink what we know about the history of Muslims in the U.S., including the fact that Islamophobia is rooted in a history of racism.

Civil Rights Teaching

Lessons, Articles, Recommended Books, Films, and more

The Civil Rights Movement is celebrated in our national narrative as a people’s struggle for social justice. However, the powerful stories of everyday people organizing and working together for social change are lost in the teaching of a few major heroes and dates. Our book Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching and companion website emphasize the power of people through a diversity of stories, perspectives, essays, photographs, graphics, interviews, and interactive and interdisciplinary lessons.

Social Justice Books

Articles, Recommended Books, Book Reviews

Teaching for Change developed SocialJusticeBooks.org in 2017 to identify and promote the best multicultural and social justice children’s books, as well as articles and books for educators.

Teaching Central America

Lessons, Articles, Recommended Books, Films, Biographies, History, and more

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the lack of resources in most schools on Central American heritage make the rich history and literature of the region invisible. Our goal is to encourage and support teaching about Central America in K-12 schools so that students can learn about this region, which has many ties to the United States through foreign policy, immigration, commerce, and culture.

Teach the Beat: Go-Go

Lessons, Articles, Recommended Books, Films, History, Classroom Visits, and more

Teaching for Change is honored to work with D.C. area schools and the authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. to develop lessons and share teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in middle and high school social studies, language arts, math, music, and/or D.C. history classes, and to bring renowned go-go performers into D.C. classrooms.

Zinn Education Project

Lessons, Articles, Recommended Books, Films, and more

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country. The Zinn Education Project (a collaboration between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) introduces students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than what is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.

Partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.

  • The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth.
  • American Indians in Children’s Literature
  • ADL’s Education Department provides educational programs, training and resources for grades PreK-12 and college/university settings. Our anti-bias and bullying prevention programs assist educators and students in understanding and challenging bias and building ally behaviors. Our work in confronting anti-Semitism empowers young people with constructive responses to combat anti-Semitism. We also have programs and resources to help students explore and critically reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 50 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.


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Public Downloads - Español (Spanish)

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