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. 2 – Winter 2020-2021

The winter issue of Rethinking Schools has a cover story featuring a middle school teacher who organizes a tribunal for her students on responsibility for the COVID-19 crisis in the United States. On trial are Mother Nature, Gen Z/Millennials, the Healthcare Industry, Racism and White Supremacy, the Chinese Government, the U.S. Government, and the Capitalist System. The article includes a detailed lesson plan so other teachers can replicate the activity.

The issue also features a special section highlighting excerpts from the new Rethinking Schools book Teacher Unions and Social Justice. There is also an article by a high school science teacher who helps her students explore how DNA testing is used to free innocent people from prison and how science can support justice, and an editorial from the Rethinking Schools editorial board about the hard work ahead for educators after the Trump years.

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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