Defend African American Studies

the editors of Rethinking Schools

Black history is under attack — predictably by the right, and by the acquiescence of the College Board, a billion-dollar “non-profit” business. This is yet another example of the erasure […]

Starting a Study Group Is Simple

Download Free Discussion Guides Did you know that select Rethinking Schools books have discussion guides? These free downloadable guides are perfect for book reading groups. Here’s how to get started: […]

Ecological Footprint Calculators Are Bad for the Environment

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

For years, I would coax my 9th graders into the dreary, windowless computer lab for 10-15 minutes so they could complete an online ecological footprint calculator. I wanted students to […]

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources 37.2

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

Watson and Giovanni Write and Teach About the “Humanity of Black Folks”

Linda Christensen

In a dialogue in New York City for HarperCollins, Renée Watson and Nikki Giovanni talked about their new picture books, the joy of a writing life, growing up Black, activist librarians and teachers, and they remembered Maya Angelou.

Unmasking Patriarchy

Analyzing texts to identify oppression with high school students

Fayette H. Colón and Frankee Grove

Co-teachers help their students analyze texts to identify and discuss patriarchy and oppression.

The Day of Silence

Queer Kids, Conservative Kids, and the Silences Within and Between Them

Anna McMaken-Marsh

A high school teacher navigates the tensions that arise in conversations with students about the Day of Silence, and how to bridge divides.

Peacekeepers and Peacemakers

Fifth graders explore what we do when peace doesn’t already exist

Erin Green

Green and her students critique the idea that good citizens follow rules, and then study activists who make — rather than keep — peace in the face of injustice.

The Chilling Effects of So-Called Critical Race Theory Bans

Laura Beth Kelly, Laura Taylor, Cara Djonko-Moore, and Aixa D. Marchand

Teacher educators describe how teachers interpret Tennessee’s “Prohibited Concepts in Instruction” law; vague language suppresses — educators resist.

Welcome, Cierra Kaler-Jones!

Cierra Kaler-Jones becomes Rethinking Schools’ first executive director.