Teachers learn that the district’s plan for a desperately needed school renovation is based on “100 percent utilization”— teachers will rotate through classrooms, losing the home bases students depend on. They organize to change the plan.
Rethinking Bilingual Education is an exciting new collection of articles about bringing students’ home languages into our classrooms.
For almost two decades, teachers have looked to Reading, Writing, and Rising Up as a trusted text to integrate social justice teaching in language arts classrooms.
This new and expanded edition collects the best articles dealing with race and culture in the classroom that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine.
Volume 31, No.1 - Fall 2016
How high-stakes tests doomed biliteracy at my school
A 3rd-grade bilingual teacher describes how administrators’ anxiety about standardized test results erodes both a school’s commitment to Spanish literacy and students’ love for learning.
Cómo fue que las pruebas de alta exigencia condenaron a la educación bilingüe en mi escuela
Una maestra bilingüe describe cómo la ansiedad que sienten los administradores escolares con respecto a los resultados de los exámenes estandarizados disminuye el compromiso de la escuela con el desarrollo de la lectoescritura en español y el amor de los estudiantes por el aprendizaje.
Seniors write admissions essays based on something they feel passionate about, discovering at the same time that they are “college material.”
The story of the development, challenges, and successes of a support group for Black girls at an Oakland, California, high school.
NAFTA and xenophobia
As a way to deal with racial tensions between his Black and Latina/o students, a high school teacher examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
School foundations and the myth of funding equity
A teacher uses her own school to illustrate how school foundations perpetuate inequality within districts and states.
Bringing social justice to chemistry
Building on the lead-poisoned water scandal in Flint, Michigan, a Chicago chemistry teacher helps her students explore lead poisoning in their own city.
Two teacher educators encourage their students to think about the impact of racial and colonial biases on media coverage of science issues—and on scientists.