Volume 31, No.3

Spring 2017

Our cover story, “Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline,” sets the tone for an issue that shows why Rethinking Schools is 30 years strong! Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, an Oregon social studies teacher, explains how she put the experiences and perspectives of the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors in the center of her curriculum.

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  • Standing with Standing Rock

    A role play on the Dakota Access Pipeline

    By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

    A high school social studies teacher centers Standing Rock Sioux history and leadership in a unit on resistance to DAPL.

  • Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us

    Critiquing cartoons and society

    By Linda Christensen

    Students analyze cartoons from Popeye to Brave to see how media teaches children white- and male-supremacist ideas.

  • Unfolding Hope in a Chicago School

    By Gregory Michie

    A middle school teacher describes the trauma experienced by his students over the year and struggles to create meaningful hope rather than slogans.

  • “I See Birds Everywhere I Go”

    Engaging urban students in the natural world

    By Ellen Royse

    A science teacher in Washington, D.C., overcomes her students’ fear of nature by turning them into avid birdwatchers.

  • Advocating for Arabic

    An interview with Lara Kiswani

    By Jody Sokolower

    The executive director of San Francisco’s Arab Resource and Organizing Center describes the successes and obstacles for a community-based campaign to offer Arabic language instruction in the district’s schools.

  • I Can’t Answer These Test Questions About My Own Poems

    By Sara Holbrook

    Sara Holbrook’s poems appear on the Texas STARR tests. Her efforts to answer the questions about her own poetry expose the narrowness of standardized testing.

  • Trapdoors

    High school exit testing in the age of “college and career readiness”

    By Stan Karp

    Using the experience of high school exit testing in New Jersey as an example, Stan Karp analyzes the gross negative impact of these high-stakes tests on students and schools.

  • How the edTPA Disrupts Relationships

    Reclaiming our visions and integrity

    By Mara Sapon-Shevin, Sue Novinger Robb

    The edTPA has become a credentialing requirement in many states. Its implementation has distorted relationships throughout teacher education.

  • Teaching in the Time of Trump

    By The Editors of Rethinking Schools

    Rethinking Schools was born in the time of Reagan. We celebrate our 30th anniversary in the time of Trump. We know something about holding on to hope during hard times. […]

  • Enseñando en la era de Trump

    Repensando las escuelas nació en la era de Reagan. Celebramos nuestro décimo tercer aniversario en la era de Trump. Sabemos algo acerca de mantenernos esperanzados durante los tiempos difíciles. Hace […]

  • Kids Sue for Right to a Better Climate // Teachers Take on Trump Era

    Two days after the election, 21 plaintiffs, aged 9 to 20, won a critical court ruling on the constitutional obligation of the U.S. government to protect our children’s right to […]

  • Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources 31.3

    Check out these valuable resources, reviewed by Rethinking Schools editors and Teaching for Change colleagues.

  • Boys in Dresses

    By Melissa Bollow Tempel

    One of a Kind, Like Me/Unico como yo by Larin Mayeno // Illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo // Blood Orange Press, 2016 Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman // […]