Coming Home to Ourselves

In her new book, The Spirit of Our Work: Black Women Teachers (Re)member, Cynthia Dillard (now dean of the College of Education at Seattle University) provides language for what occurs when Black women teachers discover their spiritual wisdom and identities that are part of a long historical continuum of Black women’s resistance, creativity, and ultimately, their healing.

Teaching the Radical Rosa Parks

My wife Linda and I began our COVID-19 shelter-in-place pretty early in the pandemic. I went to my last in-person meeting on Wednesday, March 11. The next day, we canceled […]

“Song for Tamir Rice”

Tamir Elijah Rice was a 12-year-old murdered by a white Cleveland police officer in 2014 who was responding to a 911 call about a male pointing a gun at random […]

Say Their Names

“I can’t breathe . . . please . . . Mama!”The knee choking the neck to deathPolice hands in pockets andIndifferent expressionsAnother day on the J-O-BAnd moreMore details I can […]

Black Lives Matter at School: A Roundtable Discussion

In early August, Rethinking Schools managing editor Ari Bloomekatz sat down (over Zoom) for a roundtable interview and discussion with four organizers and national steering committee members of the Black […]

Editorial: Just Math

How to best teach mathematics has been debated for decades. Recently these debates have been rekindled with the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics. Teachers are […]

Whose Community Is This?

Students use advanced math to study gentrification, displacement, and foreclosure in their neighborhood.

Transparency of Water

Community educators bring math into an intergenerational exploration of the environmental, political, and economic issues surrounding bottled versus tap water.

Beyond Marbles

Middle school students analyze a classroom full of social justice issues, armed with their understanding of percent change.

Burned Out of Homes and History

Through historical documents, novels, videos, and a role play, high school language arts students learn about the racist riot that destroyed the African American section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921. They turn their understanding into poetry and historical fiction.

Knock, Knock

As a boy I shared a game with my father.Played it every morning ’til I was 3.He would knock knock on my door,and I’d pretend to be asleep’til he got […]