This week, the Zinn Education Project reached a milestone: 10,000 new registered teachers in 2014. We now have more than 44,500 teachers using our materials, teaching outside the textbook.
As one of the 44,500 educators who have registered for the Zinn Education Project website, please donate so that we can reach even more teachers and students in the coming year. You can make an online donation, a stock donation, or mail a check to the address below.
In November, we exposed how the Koch brothers funnel millions of dollars every year to shape the social studies curriculum in schools across the country. The Koch brothers’ version of the world is that only Great Men have ideas that matter, and the most important freedom is the right to manage one’s private property without regulation.
We don’t have the Koch brothers’ money. But with your help we can continue our work to offer teachers curriculum materials in the tradition of Howard Zinn—materials that show how ordinary people can make a difference in the world.
This year, in addition to registering 10,000 new teachers and exposing the Koch brothers, we also:
- Added 12 new lessons on labor history and launched a collection of lessons in Spanish
- Connected Civil Rights Movement veterans with high school students to share their experiences through virtual “visits”
- Partnered with Naomi Klein to convene teachers to write curriculum for her new book, This Changes Everything, on capitalism vs. the climate
- Expanded our Facebook network with 80,000 new fans learning the history they were never taught in school
- and MUCH more.
We have big plans for 2015 to:
- Increase the number of teaching materials on the website, including more Spanish translations of resources
- Continue to monitor and expose the Koch brothers’ infiltration into the K-12 curriculum
- Deepen our collaboration with the This Changes Everything project and with the educators who are teaching honestly and imaginatively about the climate crisis
- Identify teachers to participate in “training of trainers” workshops to deepen our engagement with educators
- Expand our presence at Teaching for Social Justice conferences in key cities, and
- Be a major presence at next year’s National Council for the Social Studies conference in New Orleans, where we will offer teaching materials to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Katrina.
Your contribution is vital. We receive no corporate funding. Instead, we rely on the gifts of many individuals. With your support, we can add more free people’s history teaching materials and continue to build a community of teachers, parents, and activists who want to offer an engaging and honest look at the past to build a more just world.
Please include the Zinn Education Project in your end of the year giving.
Bill Bigelow, co-director of the
Zinn Education Project for Rethinking Schools
Deborah Menkart, co-director of the
Zinn Education Project for Teaching for Change
Mail checks to:
Zinn Education Project
c/o Teaching for Change (make checks payable to Teaching for Change)
P.O. Box 73038
Washington, D.C. 20056
P.S. You can now sign up to become a monthly sustainer. Sign up online!