This Black History Month and always, we honor the Black radical tradition that disrupts oppression and organizes for justice. We teach for joy and freedom. We teach the truth about […]
“Every time I get a new issue of the magazine, I am inspired and feel more hopeful about the work that I am trying to engage in. The books I’ve […]
We mourn the loss of Israeli and Palestinian lives and grieve for those who have lost loved ones due to the ongoing occupation and massive bombardment. We denounce Israel’s planned invasion of Gaza […]
By Wayne Au It was almost 7 p.m. when the text came in. “Hello Dr. Au. I’m the assistant superintendent of the District. I need to speak to you right […]
No matter what the grade level or content area, we believe that several interlocking components comprise what we call a social justice classroom. We argue that curriculum and classroom practice […]
Get the free New Teacher Back-to-School kit when you sign up today for email updates from Rethinking Schools. What’s inside the New Teacher Back-to-School kit? The New Teacher Back-to-School kit is […]
Rethinking Schools recently caught up with our new Executive Director, Cierra Kaler-Jones. Learn a little about her below and join us tomorrow, Wednesday, May 31st for a virtual meet-and-greet. What […]
Join Rethinking Schools in Protesting the Proposed Firing of 1st-Grade Teacher Melissa Bollow Tempel
Melissa Bollow Tempel is an excellent bilingual teacher in Waukesha, Wisconsin, loved by students and parents. Her classroom is a model learning community, welcoming all students, nurturing their growth, celebrating […]
I used to have a tendency to rush through life. I struggled to slow down and be still. Celebration did not come easily as part of my vocabulary or practice. […]
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: […]
Dear Supporters and Friends of Rethinking Schools, We are thrilled to introduce you to Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones and to welcome her as Rethinking Schools’ first-ever Executive Director, effective January 17, […]
This free booklet is an invitation to educators everywhere to join the national conversation about how we help our students understand what is happening to our climate, why it is happening, who it is affecting, and what we can do about it. This work belongs to all of us.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth. Zinn, who died in 2010 at 87, was a historian, professor, activist, and author of A People’s History of the United States, […]
For Arab American Heritage Month, we wanted to share excerpts from a short article by Rethinking Schools contributor and Portland, Oregon, high school teacher, Suzanna Kassouf — along with some […]
In his sadly timeless song “Masters of War,” Bob Dylan sang: You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you sit back and watch When the death […]
Dear Rethinking Schools friends, Like you, we are angry and fearful about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is already causing immense suffering — which will only increase. These are […]
For 35 years, Rethinking Schools has sought to bring more critical voices into the conversation about public schools to help schools become more just, anti-racist, and engaging places of learning […]
This Giving Tuesday we ask for your help to bring social justice teaching to life for educators everywhere. A tax-deductible gift to Rethinking Schools will go a long way to […]
Inviting Students’ Lives into the ClassroomBy Linda Christensen I remember holding my father’s hand as he read my story hanging on the display wall outside Mrs. Martin’s classroom on the […]
Raising writers By Linda Christensen The read-around is the classroom equivalent to quilt making or barn raising. It is the public space—the zócalo or town square—of my room. During our […]
Teacher Unions and Social Justice is an anthology of more than 60 articles documenting the history and the how-tos of social justice unionism. Together, these contributions describe the growing movement to […]
What is happening now is nothing new. The racism, the devaluing of life of Asian and Asian Americans, the dehumanizing of immigrant workers, the fetishism of — and violence toward — Asian women have been perpetuated throughout U.S. history.
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Thanks to a generous donation, Rethinking Schools is giving away 300 copies of Teacher Unions and Social Justice for use in book study groups. Teacher Unions and Social Justice is […]
Let’s bring the election of 2020 into our classrooms and help our students learn about democracy — and those who would subvert it.