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 37, NO. 3 – Spring 2023
The spring issue of Rethinking Schools features articles about climate justice. High school students imagine a better future by role-playing activists at a “visioning conference,” culminating in murals that depict a just society. A 5th- and 6th-grade teacher asks students to write speculative fiction set in 2050. And a physics teacher shows how she helps students understand what drives the change in global temperature.
Linda Christensen teaches Clint Smith’s poem “No More Elegies Today” to build a classroom habit of joy. And a piece about teaching inclusive reproductive biology and genetics questions “What is a family?” In another article, teacher educators grapple with the legacy of the Black Panther Party in Oakland. Also in this issue, Ursula Wolfe-Rocca teaches about water and environmental racism. Take a look inside!
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.