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.
Rethinking Schools Magazine
VOLUME 36, NO. 4 – Summer 2022
The summer issue of Rethinking Schools spotlights an article by Cierra Kaler-Jones, an arts and dance teacher, who weaves a review of Cynthia B. Dillard’s book The Spirit of Our Work: Black Women Teachers (Re)member into a discussion of how she helps her young students engage with memory, their history, and culture “where they saw and felt themselves and their ancestors present.” There are also important editorials about the need to recommit ourselves to the joyful classroom and how to think about reproductive justice in our classrooms in the wake of the horrible U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. There are also articles about honoring Indigenous voices with 1st graders and the importance of supporting gender-expansive students — and that’s just the beginning!
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.
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.
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.