People’s History Curriculum Group
D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice is forming a working group for D.C. area middle and high school social studies teachers who are committed to teaching with a people’s history lens for the 2019-2020 school year.
Anti-Bias Early Childhood Working Group
D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice is forming a second annual working group for D.C. area early childhood (birth to 8-years-old) teachers experienced in and committed to anti-bias education.
Past WORKING GROUPS
Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools
D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice, Center for Inspired Teaching, the Washington Teachers’ Union, and many more D.C. area educators and organizations planned the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action as part of a national campaign.
The goal of the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in school communities for people of all ages to engage with critical issues of social justice. The 13 guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter movement are highlighted during the week of action as a means of challenging the insidious legacy of institutionalized racism and oppression that has plagued the U.S. since its founding. Each day teachers explore two to three of the Black Lives Matter movement thirteen guiding principles. The working group met during the 2018-2019 school year to screen and develop lessons and activities for D.C. area classrooms. The results of the committee’s work is reflected in the Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action section of the DCAESJ website.
Central America Curriculum Group
This working group collaborated to create and identify resources that incorporate the history, literature, and culture of Central American peoples into the curriculum of DC area schools. Together they field tested lessons; heard from experts from local colleges and universities about Central America; screened documentaries and discussed how they can be used in the classroom; read literature and poetry written by or about Central American history and culture, and discussed how they can be used in the classroom; and shared resources. The Teaching Central America website includes lessons developed by members of the working group.
Stories from our Classrooms
Stories from Our Classrooms is a two credit graduate course for classroom teachers, in all subject areas and from all grade levels, to give voice to their authentic classroom experiences.
As a result of learning, writing, and reflecting together, the teacher participants deepen their own practice, build community among D.C. area social justice educators, and contribute to the all too scarce collection of published descriptions of classroom practice by classroom teachers themselves.
The participants are coached through a variety of writing exercises and provide one another ongoing feedback through peer response groups. Each participant writes and revises a story with the specific goal of publication. In addition, guest authors and editors attend some sessions to share insights and experiences related to publication. Applications will be posted in the spring of 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year course.