Zinn Education Project Staff

Project Staff

The Zinn Education Project is a collaboration between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change staff.

Bill Bigelow, Zinn Education Project | Co-director for Rethinking Schools

Bill Bigelow is curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and author or co-editor of several Rethinking Schools books: A People’s History for the Classroom, The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration, Rethinking Columbus, Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, and Rethinking Our Classrooms — Volumes 1 and 2. Bigelow has taught high school social studies since 1978.

Deborah Menkart, Zinn Education Project | Co-director for Teaching for Change

Deborah Menkart is executive director of Teaching for Change. She is co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Multicultural, Anti-Racist Education and Staff Development and Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching A Resource Guide for Classrooms and Communities.

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Zinn Education Project | Writer and Organizer

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca has taught high school social studies since 2000 in a public school in a suburb of Portland. Ursula is on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools magazine. She has written articles and lessons on voting rights, redlining, deportations, COINTELPRO, climate justice, Red Summer, the Cold War, and more. The era of U.S. history she finds most inspiring, humbling, and relevant is always the one she is currently unlearning, relearning, and building curriculum around. See Ursula’s articles and lessons at this site.

Jesse Hagopian, Zinn Education Project | Writer and Organizer

Jesse Hagopian is a U.S. history teacher at Garfield High School — the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. Hagopian an associate editor for the social justice periodical Rethinking Schools and is the editor and co-editor of a number of books including More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testingand Teaching for Black Lives. He plays a lead role at the Zinn Education Project in the Teach the Black Freedom Struggle campaign. Read more at Jesse’s website, I Am An Educator. See Jesse’s articles and lessons at this site.

Katie Orr, Zinn Education Project | Communications Manager

Katie Orr is a public historian and history communicator who grew up in the Harpers Ferry area west of Washington, D.C. She earned a B.A. in journalism from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and then a Masters in U.S. History from American University in D.C. Before joining the Zinn Education Project, Katie was a National Park Service historian working to promote inclusive K-12 education at national parks and expanding the scope of narratives told by the National Park Service to emphasize underrepresented and marginalized perspectives. She is interested in national conversations about identity and geography, education policy, and the healing power of relevancy in history.

Social Media and Design

Mykella Palmer, Zinn Education Project | Creative Coordinator

Mykella Palmer is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where she was a Banneker/Key Scholar. She manages the design of all things visual for Teaching for Change and the Zinn Education Project.

Abby Saul, 2018-2018 Zinn Education Project | Instagram Coordinator

Abby Saul graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies and Spanish Literature. She was a core member of Swarthmore Students for Justice in Palestine and of Swarthmore Mountain Justice, which spearheaded the college’s fossil fuel divestment campaign. She is also an organizer with IfNotNow where she coordinates projects to sustain the digital infrastructure and clear communication of the mass, decentralized movement. She has previously worked with the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, and is deeply interested in how we can build a more just through world through our telling of history.

Former Staff and Project Fellows

Lauren Cooper | Project Coordinator

Lauren Cooper helped launched the Zinn Education Project (ZEP) as the project coordinator, helping to shape its development in its first 10 years. In July 2018, Lauren successfully completed a 12-month website rebuild and launched, coordinating with the development company and key stakeholders. Currently, Lauren is the project manager for the Colored Conventions Project, a student-faculty created project that publishes documents and other archival material from the 1800s when African Americans — some freed, some enslaved — were organizing at conventions across the country for social and political change. Read more.

Adam Sanchez, Zinn Education Project | Organizer and Curriculum Writer, 2017-2018

Adam Sanchez is a social studies teacher and community organizer who is deeply committed to social justice inside and outside the classroom. In addition to his work for the Zinn Education Project, Adam teaches at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City and serves on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools. He is also a contributor to the books Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History.

L. Nqobile Mthethwa, 2017-2019 Zinn Education Project | Research Fellow

As an undergrad, Nqobile Mthethwa worked as a research/project assistant for three years writing, organizing, and archiving data pertaining to the Carter G. Woodson Institute’s digital exhibition “The Movement in the Archive,” created and supervised by Professor Deborah McDowell. She has worked on open source web-publishing platforms for the display of library, museum, archives, and academic collections and exhibitions. She presented on Julian Bond’s legacy as a historian on a panel at the Julian Bond Symposium in October 2016. She also helped create and teach a course titled “Introduction to Citizenship & Activism A Critical Examination of Jefferson’s University” for four semesters with Professor Walter Heinecke. Her research interests include organizational structure of grassroots movements, federal legislation of the Civil Rights era, and documenting untold historical narratives. She graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science.

Alison Kysia, 2013-2014 Zinn Education Project | Fellow

Alison Kysia has taught history at Northern Virginia Community College for six years. She has been an educator for more than 15 years.

Katy Swalwell, 2013-2014 Zinn Education Project | Fellow

Katy Swalwell is an assistant professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Educating Activist Allies: Social Justice Pedagogy with the Suburban and Urban Elite (Routledge, 2013).

Editorial

News articles, posts, and social media are written and edited by the Zinn Education Project staff excerpt where indicated otherwise. Bill Bigelow is the series editor of If We Knew Our History. Read bios of the contributors on the Author Bio page.