New from Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools is co-coordinator (along with Teaching for Change) of the Zinn Education Project and the majority of lessons on this website originate in Rethinking Schools publications. Launched in 1986, Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit publisher working for equity and justice in public schools and the broader society.

The latest issue of Rethinking Schools magazine and new Rethinking Schools books are featured below.

Rethinking Schools Magazine

VOLUME 36, NO. 3 – Spring 2022
The spring issue of Rethinking Schools focuses on what it’s like to be a teacher today as many consider leaving the field or exiting the profession earlier than expected. The article “How the Attack on Teachers Threatens the Future of Public Schools” by Sarah Jaffe explores the issue and a special “Educators Speak Out” section uplifts the voices of educators who have struggled through the pandemic while still finding hope and joy in as many places as they can. The issue also includes important editorials about protecting trans youth, teaching for peace in a time of war, and refusing to go back to “normal.” Linda Christensen has a powerful article on poetry as a teaching tool during the pandemic and Emily Todras has an article, “Choreographing for Justice,” that shows how she helped her students express themselves through dance about racial justice issues. Ari Bloomekatz interviews Kateryna Maliuta-Osaulova, the international secretary for the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine. And there’s so much more!


Rethinking Ethnic Studies

Edited by R. Tolteka Cuauhtin, Miguel Zavala, Christine Sleeter, Wayne Au

As part of a growing nationwide movement to bring Ethnic Studies into K–12 classrooms, Rethinking Ethnic Studies brings together many of the leading teachers, activists, and scholars in this movement to offer examples of Ethnic Studies frameworks, classroom practices, and organizing at the school, district, and statewide levels.

The New Teacher Book

Finding purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom

Edited by Linda Christensen, Stan Karp, Bob Peterson, Moé Yonamine

This expanded third edition of The New Teacher Book grew out of Rethinking Schools workshops with early career teachers. It offers practical guidance on how to flourish in schools and classrooms and connect in meaningful ways with students and families from all cultures and backgrounds.

Teaching a People’s History of Abolition and the Civil War

Edited by Adam Sanchez

Teaching a People’s History of Abolition and the Civil War is a collection of 10 classroom-tested lessons on one of the most transformative periods in U.S. history. These lessons encourage students to take a critical look at the popular narrative that centers Abraham Lincoln as the Great Emancipator and ignores the resistance of abolitionists and enslaved people.

The collection aims to help students understand how ordinary citizens — with ideas that seem radical and idealistic — can challenge unjust laws, take action together, pressure politicians to act, and fundamentally change society.

More books from Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools offers a series of books providing practical examples of how to integrate social justice education into social studies, history, language arts, and mathematics. They are used widely by new as well as veteran teachers and in teacher education programs. Every Rethinking Schools book grows out of diverse schools and classrooms throughout the country.

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