The Zinn Education Project offers workshops facilitated by a group of people’s history teacher leaders. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please submit your request through our online form.

Workshop topics include:

  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Environment/Climate Change
  • Ethnic Studies
  • General Approaches to Teaching People’s History
  • Immigration
  • Islamophobia
  • Labor Movement
  • New Deal/Great Depression
  • Reconstruction
  • Slavery/Civil War
  • Women’s History
  • War/Antiwar Movements
  • Writing Curriculum and Articles for Publication

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Previous Workshops

“Very engaging, great exposure to materials and this teaching approach.”
People’s History Workshops in Charlottesville • April 2018

Educators in Charlottesville, Virginia, invited Adam Sanchez to facilitate a full-day workshop focused on teaching the Black freedom struggle from the resistance of the enslaved and abolitionists during the Civil War, to the heroic efforts to reshape society during Reconstruction, and finally with an exploration of the powerful organizing of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Read more.

“I’ve been going to workshops and PD for decades. Rarely have I walked away so enthusiastic to try new ideas with my students.”
Indiana Schools Host People’s History Workshops • March 2018

Adam Sanchez traveled to Indiana in March to offer three workshops at Ball State University in Muncie, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, and Indiana University in Bloomington. Topics of the workshops included teaching the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and labor history. Read more.

Teacher Leaders

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. He was the 2017-2018 Zinn Education Project Organizer/Curriculum Writer.
Alison Kysia Alison Kysia is the education outreach and curriculum coordinator at the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University and the project director of “Islamophobia: A People’s History Teaching Guide” at Teaching for Change. Previously, she designed Islamic studies and anti-Islamophobia teaching modules for adult education audiences, including religious leaders, social justice activists, and teachers. She taught U.S., world, and Islamic history in an urban community college and English language to adult immigrants. Kysia holds a B.A. in Race, Class, and Gender Studies and a M.A. in History.
Camila Arze Torres Goitia | Zinn Education Project Camila Arze Torres Goitia teaches Social Studies & Leadership at Madison High School, in Portland, Oregon. Her article, “Colonizing Wild Tongues” is included in Rethinking Bilingual Education: Welcoming Home Languages in Our Classrooms. Her most recent article in Rethinking Schools magazine is “What Students Are Capable Of: Sexual Harassment and the Collateral Beauty of Resistance,” in the Spring 2018 issue of Rethinking Schools magazine.
Fayette Colon | Zinn Education Project Fayette Colon has taught in urban schools for six years. She grew up in the South Bronx and graduated from Columbia University with degrees in history and education. She teaches at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City where she has taught classes in feminism, the prison industrial complex, and revolutions in Haiti and Cuba. She also worked for two years as a middle school social studies teacher in Washington, D.C., focusing her instruction on the social inequalities of ancient civilizations. In 2017-2018, Faye was the founding coordinator of the D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice, a project of Teaching for Change.
 Julian Hipkins III Julian Hipkins III serves as the Global Studies Coordinator at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C. Julian earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Morehouse College and his Master of Arts in Teaching from American University.  He lived in Japan for eight years teaching English before returning to Washington, D.C., to teach at Capital City Public Charter School. While working at Capital City, Julian received numerous awards including the Agnes Myer Outstanding Teacher Award, George Washington University Jackie Robinson Project Outstanding Teacher Award, and the District of Columbia History Teacher of the Year Award. Julian serves on the National History Day Board of Trustees.
Kim Kanof | Zinn Education Project Kim Kanof is a social studies teacher at Madison High School, a diverse public high school, in Portland Oregon. She began her career teaching in D.C. public schools. She is currently teaching 9th grade global studies and sheltered history to English Language Learners. Many of her students are refugees or have had interrupted formal education. She is a certified Reading Specialist and an Oregon Writing Project Coach. She co-authored “‘Young Women Like Me’: Teaching About Femicides and Reckless Capitalism on the Mexican Border,” in the Spring 2018 issue of Rethinking Schools magazine.
Moé Yonamine teaches at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon, and is an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine. She is the author of “The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII,” “‘ANPO: Art X War’: A Film Tackles the U.S. Occupation of Japan,” a film review with teaching activities of “ANPO: Art X War,” a documentary about visual resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan, and “Uchinaaguchi: The Language of My Heart.”
Natalie Labossiere Natalie Labossiere teaches social studies at Westview High School in Beaverton, Oregon, and advises the school’s Black Student Union. She is a coach for the Oregon Writing Project, and has written for Rethinking Schools magazine. As a former city planner, she uses her experience with local government and political systems to encourage students to enact change in their community.
Tim Swinehart Tim Swinehart teaches social studies at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon, and is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College. He is co-editor of A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis. Tim has spoken and led workshops on environmental justice themes throughout the United States and Canada. He was instrumental in getting the school board in Portland, Oregon, to pass the most comprehensive climate justice resolution in the country, and is active with the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee.
Ursula Wolfe-Rocca Ursula Wolfe-Rocca is a public high school social studies teacher outside of Portland, Oregon. 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. Ursula writes frequently for Rethinking Schools magazine and has taught since 2000. Her article, “COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI’s War on the Black Freedom Movement” is included in Teaching for Black Lives. Ursula is the Zinn Education Project Organizer/Curriculum Writer for the 2018-2019 school year.

Additional presenters available:

  • Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools Curriculum Editor and Zinn Education Project Co-director
  • Deborah Menkart, Teaching for Change Executive Director and Zinn Education Project Co-director