Planning to Change the World 2019-2020

Planning to Change the World 2019-2020

A plan book for social justice teachers

Edited By Gretchen Brion-Meisels, Margaret Kavanagh, Thomas Nikundiwe, Carla Shalaby

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This is a plan book for educators who believe their students can, will, and do change the world . It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities.

The newest edition has all the things you would expect in a lesson plan book, plus:

  • Weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events 
  • References to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates
  • Tips from social justice teachers across the country
  • Inspirational quotes to share with students
  • Thought-provoking essential questions to spark classroom discussions on critical issues
  • Reproducible social justice awards for students
  • and much more

The 2019-2020 edition is the twelfth in the Planning to Change the World series. This year's calendar features all new historical anniversaries and birthdays. 

Planning to Change the World is created by the Education for Liberation Network with the support of Rethinking Schools. Proceeds from the sale of the plan book support the work of these two organizations.

"Teaching is hard work, and teaching with a social justice perspective is even harder. This book, with its wisdom, inspiration, and resources, could not have come at a better time! Every teacher -- novice, veteran, and in-between -- will love Planning to Change the World. This is one that should be in every teacher's backpack." 

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"…an imaginative and innovative idea in the field of education. It is something that teachers all over the country who have social consciences will find useful because it will give them an opportunity and a framework for putting into practice what they believe. I hope it will be widely adopted."
Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"Finally, after 18 years in the classroom, I have found a planning book that treats teaching as an art form. On virtually every page of this book, I find myself challenged and inspired to think more deeply about the importance of what I do every day in the classroom. Some of the greatest gifts we receive in our lives are the tools that help us chisel the path to freedom, justice, and equity for ourselves and our communities. Thank you for sharing this tool with me so that I might keep chipping away at that path."
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Assistant Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco State University and high school teacher

"It has never been more important for our classrooms to be in conversation with the world around us. Planning to Change the World is an incredible resource that gives teachers and students a set of tools with which to develop the critical consciousness necessary to interrogate the world as it is, and to imagine the possibilities of a better one." 

— Clint Smith, writer, scholar, and author of Counting Descent

Planning to Change the World is a plan book for teachers who believe their students can and do create meaningful social change. It is produced the Education for Liberation Network, and is published in partnership with Rethinking Schools. The information and ideas featured on its pages come from teachers, college students and activists who, like you, struggle daily to put their values into practice. As educators, our vision of teaching for liberation often gets buried under the everyday realities of teaching. Bombarded with paperwork, tests and curriculum mandates, we feel frustrated, overwhelmed, alone.

This plan book is designed to help teachers translate their visions of a just education into concrete classroom activities. It is both a daily reminder of the importance of teaching for justice and a collection of tools to help you do just that. Planning to Change the World is packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events, words of wisdom from visionary leaders, lesson plans, resources, social justice education happenings, and more.

It also connects you to a national community of educators who are interested in social justice teaching. In this book we hear from teachers like you who care about their students, respect them, and think that young people can, will and already do change the world—teachers who believe it is their job to create classrooms in the image of the world we want. This plan book was created to make that job just a little easier by helping you turn your daily lesson planning into strategies for teaching toward democracy, justice, freedom and peace.

In this edition, we also include a special feature on 15 Everyday Ways to Affirm Trans and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) Students. As we painfully recognize the hostility, intolerance, and lack of safety experienced daily by our TGNC young people, we wish to empower educators with everyday ways to create spaces of refuge for these students in our classrooms and schools, where they can instead experience authentic inclusion, recognition, and an embrace of their full humanity and identities. We are tremendously grateful to the group of educator-activists who co-authored this invaluable guide and resource for our community.

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