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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Education

Mission: Teaching for change provides teachers and parents with the tools to

Results: Teaching for Change has won organizational awards from the DC Humanities Council, the National Multicultural Institute, and the National Association for Multicultural Education. • Parents in 10 schools in Maryland and DC are turning the tables on parent-school relations using our Tellin’ Stories approach, which is growing nationally thanks to a full-length article in Rethinking Schools and a partnership with the National Education Association; • The National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group at Harvard University selected our Tellin’ Stories Project approach as one of twelve examples of leading innovations in family engagement for the US Department of Education; • Every teacher in the country has access to free downloadable teaching activities about a people’s history on the Zinn Education Project website that we run with Rethinking Schools; • Our bookstore at Busboys and Poets is one of the few progressive, independent bookstores in the country. People in the DC area and nationally depend on our careful selection (in store and online) and the great series of author events that we coordinate with Busboys and Poets; • Every 8th grade student in McComb, Mississippi is learning a people’s history of the United States in a course that will be made available to educators statewide; • Students in McComb, Mississippi are preserving their local history. Four years ago they did not know that McComb was central to the Civil Rights Movement – now they are conducting oral history interviews for posterity; • Tens of thousands of teachers across the country accessed our Teaching about Haiti online resources after the earthquake. We were the only source of age appropriate materials for K-12 classrooms that emphasized the history of oppression and resistance in Haiti – and grassroots organizing. • A D.C. school asked us to help them engage the Ethiopian parents using our Tellin’ Stories approach. Now over half of the Ethiopian families are reading in classrooms and coming to meetings.

Programs: Publications: progressive, multicultural, social justice books for pre-k to high school and for adults are hand selected and made available at a bookstore located in a restaurant, coffeehouse, and performance space. Teaching for change only operates the bookstore, and helps to schedule most of the weekly author events, and the space is made available to the organization at no cost by the owner.

tellin' stories (ts) engages families and staff uses the power of story: to connect people from diverse backgrounds, to pass on valuable information and experiences and to organize collective action. Ts works with parents to create and implement action plans that affeect the academic achievement and environment of neighborhood school through relationship building (creating a story quilt), weekly meetings, workshops, trainings, and grassroots organizing. It helps those who are traditionally exclu

the zinn education project: teaching a people's history website offers more than 120 free, downloadable teaching activities for middle and high school classrooms to bring a people's history to the classroom. The site also lists hundreds of recommended books, films, and websites. The teaching activities and resources are organized by theme, time period and grade level. This is the only collection of its kind for educators - print or online - in the country. Teachers in every state in the u. S. Are

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Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was first introduced to Teaching for Change in November 2010, when I started my volunteer consulting project thru the George Washington University Net Impact Board Fellows program. Teaching for Change’s mission to support schools in inspiring young people to be better citizens via multicultural education, motivated to me. Thru its publications, professional development programs, and Tellin’ Stories Project Teaching for Change uniquely engages all of the stakeholders involved in a child’s education. I am excited to be assisting an organization which not only believes that multicultural education needs to be taught in schools but also provides tactical and practical ways to introduce it into the curriculum.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first introduction to Teaching for Change came when I interned there over 10 years ago. The resources I was introduced to improved my practice and transformed my teaching. With the materials and guidance I received from the staff and materials, I was able to engage students who were from diverse backgrounds. Their motivation and achievement increased significantly. It has been been an invaluable asset.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been in education for almost 30 years, working with struggling learners and then preparing graduate students who wanted to teach in high poverty schools with students with high needs. Teaching for Change (TfC) is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those who often do not have easy access to power and resources. Through the use of TfC's amazing publications and professional development I have been able to reach young students and graduate students to enrich and empower their educational experiences. With a very small dedicated staff this non-profit is a great resource for ideas, materials, dialogue and continued reflection on making education and lives better.

Sheldon S.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I raised funds then ultimately joined the Teaching For Change Board because I believed the unbiased teaching of lessons could turn a dim past into a brighter future. Growing up in the South as a Black Gay boy amounted to series of "missed opportunities"of exposure and empowerment. The full narratives of Baldwin, Rustin and Hughes, escaped me, others like me and others unlike me, all who would've benefitted greatly from the lessons of personal strength, tolerance and acceptance they taught. Exposure to these international heroes would certainly have opened my eyes to the local heroes that we saw everyday. The ideals of community stewardship, service and civic responsibility should be taught and given value, just as we teach and give value to money and the aforementioned would be the gold-standard to which we measured. This is what is most valuable to us and when you empower our teachers to teach these lessons, they plant the seeds of an informed citizenry.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 4

2011 marks my 8th year on the board of Teaching for Change. I choose to volunteer with the organization because I believe in its mission and the valuable work that Teaching for Change does to make schools places that galvanize communities and help children become active and informed citizens.

Review from Guidestar