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 34, NO. 3 – Spring 2020
The spring issue of Rethinking Schools includes a special focus on how art has fueled the teachers’ rebellion, with articles from Kim Cosier and Nicolas Lampert and a special photo spread by Joe Brusky.
The issue also includes important articles about how to challenge empire in the curriculum, why we should rethink the civics lessons we teach students, what it’s like to be a transgender teacher in a conservative area, and how to teach climate justice as we get our students to dream — and to dream big. Teacher-librarian Rachel Cloues describes how she used Louise Erdrich’s magnificent Birchbark House series with her 3rd-grade son.
The editorial, on “The Coronavirus and Our Work,” concludes, “So yes, please wash your hands, and then raise them, to continue to fight for equality and justice.”
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.