Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources — Winter 2020–21

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, The Selected Works of Audre Lorde, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks — Young Readers Edition, A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson, Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice, We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, & Possibility, Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, Celebrate People’s History: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution

A Rhythm of Gratitude

We Are Grateful: OtsaliheligaBy Traci SorellIllustrated by Frané LessacCharlesbridge Publishing, 2018 My preschool-age children collect treasures from the ground that end up on our table. Bits of moss, Douglas fir […]

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.

“What Kind Are You?”

A school librarian describes children’s books with strong transgender characters and themes.

“Stupid Book of Wrongness”

A teacher shows his 3rd- and 4th-grade students the Heartland Institute’s climate change denial book that was sent to every science teacher in the nation.

Celebrating Skin Tone

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.

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The New Teacher Book-3rd Edition

Newly revised and expanded third edition! This expanded third edition of The New Teacher Book grew out of Rethinking Schools workshops with early career teachers. It offers practical guidance on […]

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Teaching for Black Lives

Teaching for Black Lives grows directly out of the movement for Black lives. We recognize that anti-Black racism constructs Black people, and Blackness generally, as not counting as human life. […]

Reading, Writing, and Rising Up

Reading, Writing, and Rising Up- 2nd Edition

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. This accessible, encouraging book […]

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Rethinking Bilingual Education

Rethinking Bilingual Education is an exciting new collection of articles about bringing students’ home languages into our classrooms. How do we bring social justice curriculum into our bilingual classrooms? How […]

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Rethinking Popular Culture and Media – 2nd Edition

Rethinking Popular Culture and Media begins from the premise that the “popular” is political. Whether it’s Disney and Barbie, or Snapchat and Vine, youth navigate, shape, and repurpose popular culture. […]

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Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality

Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality is a collection of inspiring stories about how to integrate feminist and LGBTQ content into curriculum, make it part of a vision for social justice, […]

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Rhythm and Resistance

Offering practical lessons about how to teach poetry to build community, understand literature and history, talk back to injustice, and construct stronger literacy skills across content areas and grade levels—from […]

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Rethinking Multicultural Education 2nd Edition

This new and expanded edition collects the best articles dealing with race and culture in the classroom that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine. With more than 100 pages of […]

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Open Minds to Equality – 4th Edition

Summary The fourth edition of Open Minds to Equality contains a wealth of updated information and resources. New lessons address immigration, anti-Muslim discrimination, gender identity, and bullying. The comprehensive, annotated […]

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Rethinking Mathematics – Second Edition

In this expanded and updated edition of Rethinking Mathematics, more than 50 articles show how to weave social justice issues throughout the mathematics curriculum, as well as how to integrate […]