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 35, NO. 4 – Summer 2021
The summer issue of Rethinking Schools features a section about the right-wing attack on racial justice teaching, and the inspiring Teach Truth organizing in response, which includes an interview with Iowa racial justice educators by Rethinking Schools editor Jesse Hagopian and an editorial, “Right-Wing Legislators Are Trying to Stop Us from Teaching for Racial Justice. We Refuse.”

There’s also an article by Rethinking Schools editor Ursula Wolfe-Rocca about the radical activists who should be centered when teaching about McCarthyism. Contributing writer Kurt Ostrow has a piece about teaching poetry to reimagine our political leaders. A wonderful article describes teaching food sovereignty in the elementary classroom through the story of a seed, and two social justice union leaders share their organizing strategies. And that’s just the beginning . . .

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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