National Report on the Teaching of Reconstruction

The Zinn Education Project produced a national report on the teaching of the Reconstruction era. The report examines state standards, course requirements, frameworks, and support for teachers in each state. It also includes stories about creative efforts by districts and/or individual teachers in each state to teach outside the textbook about Reconstruction.
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Howard Zinn Centennial

The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth on August 24, 1922, in Brooklyn. Although Howard died in 2010, his work continues to inform and inspire educators around the world.
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Teach Truth

In 2021, the Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) supported and defended the right to teach truthfully about U.S. history. Please help us continue this essential work and expand our reach in 2022, the 100th anniversary year of Howard Zinn (born 1922).
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Kidada E. Williams “Seizing Freedom”

On Monday, May 9, 2022, author Kidada E. Williams will speak with Jesse Hagopian about two seasons of Seizing Freedom, a Black history podcast that tells stories “drawn from archives of voices from American history that have been muted time and time again.” This session is part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Kelly Lytle Hernández on the 1910 Mexican Revolution

On Monday, June 6, 2022, author Kelly Lytle Hernández will speak about the magonistas, a group of agitators who challenged Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz in the early 20th century. This session is part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Johanna Fernández on the Young Lords

On Monday, April 25, 2022, author and teacher Johanna Fernández will speak about the history of the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican counterpart of the Black Panther Party. This session is part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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North Dakota Bans Teaching About Structural Racism

North Dakota passed a law to ban teaching "that racism is systemically embedded in American society and the American legal system to facilitate racial inequality." Instead, teachers must say that "racism is merely the product of learned individual bias or prejudice."
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Ashley Farmer on Queen Mother Audley Moore

On Monday, October 17, 2022, author Ashley Farmer will discuss Queen Mother Audley Moore (1898 – 1997), one of the most influential activists and thinkers of the 20th century. This session is part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Teach Truth Organizing Workshop

More than 60 teachers and other school staff attended the workshop on organizing issues related to the GOP attacks on teaching history. This was also an opportunity to learn from presenters and meet other organizers from across the country.
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Teaching in Dangerous Times

Although the coronavirus’s threat to the safety of our schools is dire, there is another threat that should not be ignored. Right wing politicians and media outlets are attacking educators’ most basic responsibility — to teach young people accurately and truthfully.
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Alaina Roberts on Black Freedom on Native Land

On Monday, September 12, 2022, Alaina Roberts will introduce the Reconstruction era connections between Black freedom and Native American citizenship in the context of westward expansion onto Native land. This session is part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle online people’s history series.
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Teach Climate Justice During UN Climate Summit

The UN COP26 climate summit starts this week in Glasgow, Scotland. But our so-called leaders are not leading on the climate emergency and corporate media is not sounding the alarm nor informing the public. Therefore, it is essential that teachers make space in our classrooms to highlight the emergency and help students work for real solutions.
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