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Engaging Strategies in Social Justice Units: Using the Tuskegee Syphilis Study as a Model


Participants will examine two strategies to use in social justice units that are active and engaging as well as how to use warm-ups to connect to students’ lives. We will discuss what to highlight and what to avoid when teaching about injustices across content areas. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study will be the model and we will also look at a brief history of the study.

From Pronouns to Curriculum: Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Students


In a time of incredible isolation, LGBTQ+ students are cooped up in homes that may or may not allow them to be their authentic selves. They may be dealing with teachers and learning management systems that cannot get their names or pronouns right. They may have peers who find ways to bully them online. What are educators doing to create online spaces that welcome and normalize LGBTQ+ lives? In this workshop, we will queer the curriculum in order to show all Youth that being LGBTQ+ is normal.

Teaching Poetry for Joy and Justice


Through poetry, we invite our students’ lives — the “landscape and bread” of their homes, their ancestors, their struggles and joys — into classrooms as subjects worthy of study. While students learn the language of the academy about stanzas and line breaks, similes and metaphors, they must first learn that poetry can be playful, that it can use ordinary, everyday language, and sound like their grandma or their aunts laughing together on the front porch, that it can be written in house slippers. In this poetry workshop, participants will reclaim any part of our lives that society has degraded, humiliated, or shamed, and raise it up, share it, and sing praises to the “unanimous blood/of those who struggle,” as the Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton urged us in his poem “Like You.” 

Online Class About Rosa Parks with Jeanne Theoharis

On Jan. 11, 2021, at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET, the Zinn Education Project will host a Teach the Black Freedom Struggle people’s history class with Professor Jeanne Theoharis, who will speak about Rosa Parks’ activism prior to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, her trip to the Highlander Folk School, and the decades she dedicated to […]

Teacher Unions and Social Justice Online Book Launch and Discussion

Join Teacher Unions and Social Justice co-editors Jesse Hagopian, Michael Charney, and Bob Peterson along with contributors Michelle Gunderson and Arlene Inouye for the launch of a new Rethinking Schools book on the promise of social justice teacher unionism. >> CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Editors and contributors will participate in a 75-minute conversation about building […]

Using Restorative Practices in Schools

The Wisconsin Education Association Council Invites you to "Using Restorative Practices in Schools." Restorative Practices values relationships and is centered on creating a sustainable community of engaged learners through the implementation of classroom circles. This 6-week course is interactive and reflective as evidenced in powerful group chats, didactic discussion, and reflective personal writing. Participants will […]

Renée Watson and Elizabeth Acevedo Discusses Love is a Revolution

About the Event  Renee Watson is a New York Times bestselling writer, educator, Rethinking Schools contributor and community activist. Her children's and young adult novels have won several awards and entertained countless readers around the world. So we are excited and honored to be hosting the launch event for Renee Watson's newest book Love is […]

Rhythm and Resistance: A Conversation About Teaching and Writing Poetry

Join award-winning author, Renée Watson, and Rethinking Schools editor, Linda Christensen, for a conversation about teaching and writing poetry. They will discuss creating generative spaces for students to take risks as writers, finding poetry models that move students into writing, as well as tough questions about revising and grading poetry. Dyan Watson, Rethinking Schools editor, will introduce the evening.


The Black Panthers You Didn’t Learn About in School With Jesse Hagopian

  The Black Panther Party was one of the most important organizations in the history of the Black freedom struggle and yet its legacy has been deeply distorted in American history textbooks. In some textbooks, the Panthers are barely mentioned and in others, they are maligned as anti-White and the cause for the demise of […]

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America with Clint Smith

May 10, 2021: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America | Clint Smith is a poet, staff writer at The Atlantic, and teaches writing and literature in the D.C. Central Detention Facility. Smith, in conversation with Cierra Kaler-Jones, will talk about his new book, How the Word Is Passed, an examination of how monuments […]

Navigating Turbulent Waters: Back-to-School Organizing


REGISTER HERE About the Event As educators and students go back to school this fall, they face multiple crises: a still-raging pandemic, right-wing censorship of educational content, and — despite billions in federal aid — a chronic lack of funding. Join us as we hear from union leaders, teachers, and community activists about how they are […]