Are You Teaching for Black Lives?

Brad Sigal Photos When Teaching for Black Lives was first published, one of the book’s editors, Dyan Watson, set the stakes: “I have two Black sons. For me, this collection is about their survival, and the survival of children like them throughout the United States. Teaching for Black Lives is a handbook for all educators, students, and families who […]

Rethinking Schools is Hiring a Membership Associate

Summary Membership Associate needed for half-time work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This position is responsible for Rethinking Schools’ (RS) customer/member relations and maintaining the central Salesforce database of all constituents of the organization. These include readers, subscribers, donors, members, and allies and partners in social justice work.    Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated […]

Wash Your Hands: Navigating Grief and Uncertainty in the Time of the Pandemic

By Linda Christensen I hadn’t ever planned to teach online, but the Saturday before our college campus closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, I decided to cancel our face-to-face class because one of the students is pregnant, another lives in the heart of the initial coronavirus outbreak in the United States, and I’m over 60. […]

The New Teacher Book is a Finalist for the 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

Edited by Linda Christensen, Stan Karp, Bob Peterson, and Moé Yonamine   We’re pleased to share The New Teacher Book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom has been recognized as a finalist in the 22nd annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program. Finalists […]

Education in the Time of the Coronavirus

Now is not the time to pull away from social justice education activism, but to find new ways to express it. As schools go onto the internet (at least for older students) — or into hibernation — we need to make sure this happens in a way that does not promote greater inequality.

The Coronavirus and Our Work

(Ricardo Levins Morales) First, we hope that you are safe and healthy. This is a stressful and frightening time for everyone, and the uncertainty of where the coronavirus pandemic is headed adds to our anxiety. Our schools are closing. Our conferences have been canceled. Our communities are under emergency alert. This crisis threatens to amplify […]


Rep. Barbara Lee Calls for Climate Education in All Schools

“We need to teach every young person the human impacts of climate change and how to combat the climate crisis before it is too late.”  By Bill Bigelow Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) met with press on Thursday Sept. 19, 2019 to announce that she would be introducing a House Resolution in support of teaching climate change […]


“Just Look Outside” — Teaching Climate Change in Alaska

By Soren Wuerth This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. The first week of school in Anchorage, Alaska, was held amid an amber haze of smoke from forest fires south and north of the city. School buildings, choked with […]

Teach the Fossil Fuel Industry — Our Students’ Enemy

By Bill Bigelow This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. A while back, I was invited to lead a workshop on teaching the climate crisis at a teacher education program at a Portland-area college. I chose an activity I […]

Teachers Strike for Their Lives and Their Students

By Bob Peterson Tens of thousands of teachers went out on strike last Thursday. Not in West Virginia or Los Angeles — but in Colombia’s five largest cities. And they are fighting for their lives. Literally. The paramilitary group The Black Eagles issued a statement on September 3 saying “the time has arrived to wipe […]

New York Post Attacks Rethinking Schools

Dear Rethinking Schools friends, Have you seen the recent attacks on Rethinking Schools? Over the past couple of weeks, the New York Post published two pieces attacking social justice teaching and Rethinking Schools books, publications, and resources. The first New York Post piece, an op-ed titled “How Black Lives Matter is moving into the schools,” criticized the […]

The Green New Deal and Our Schools

By the editors of Rethinking Schools As Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope wrote recently in The Nation, “There is a runaway train racing toward us, and its name is climate change. This is not alarmism: It is scientific fact.” This is where the Green New Deal, introduced in February by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey, […]

Take Sides for the Earth and Teach Climate Justice

TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS As we celebrate Earth Day, we invite you to join us in taking sides for the Earth by teaching climate justice and becoming part of the #TeachClimateJustice movement with our book,  A People’s Curriculum for the Earth by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart. The book is an infinitely useful collection […]

Hip-Hop Artist Macklemore Donates to Match School District Purchases of the Book Teaching For Black Lives

  Macklemore Donation Match We’ve got some great news about Teaching for Black Lives! Hip-hop artist Macklemore is donating up to $10,000 to match dollar-for-dollar school district purchases of Teaching for Black Lives. Ask your school district to apply for the match today! About Teaching for Black Lives Teaching for Black Lives is a collection of teaching activities, role-plays, essays, […]

Black Lives Matter At School National Week of Action Feb. 4 – 8, 2019

We call on educators to make commitments to teach social justice, anti-racist curriculum and foster student conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement. We also call on educators to grow the Black Lives Matter movement in every school and union. The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action is one month away. Rethinking Schools editors […]

Students “Warrior Up” for Climate Justice

[This is the third installment of our new environmental justice column — Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms — and celebrates the annual two-day “Climate Justice Fair” at Madison High School in Portland. The column regularly appears in the magazine and you can subscribe at ] By Bill Bigelow We’re sitting in the cozy, inviting library of […]

The Midterms, Trumpism, and the Increased Racialization of American Childhood

By Julio Angel Alicea When Donald Trump was making waves for his bigoted statements about Mexicans, Muslims, and women during the Republican primaries, my high school students, most of them low-income students of color and many also of immigrant families, sought reassurance from me, as their history teacher, that he would not win the presidency. […]

“This Is Our Time, This is Our Moment”: Los Angeles Teachers Are Ready to Strike

An interview with Arlene Inouye, chair of UTLA’s bargaining committee By Ari Bloomekatz Mediation between the Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles failed in mid-October, and now we’re closer than ever to seeing 33,000 educators walk off the job and strike for better pay, smaller class sizes, and substantive investments in […]

Despite National Outrage, Scholastic Defends Children’s Books Celebrating Trump

By Deborah Menkart His buildings reached into the sky. His businesses just grew and grew. Then Trump became our president — people wanted something new. Believe it or not, this poem is included in a picture book about President Trump, published by Scholastic Inc. for 5- to 7-year-olds — and sums up its message. A […]