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Supplemental Materials

"Rethinking the U.S. Constitutional Convention: A Role Play,"by Bob Peterson, p. 63.

"A New U.S. Bill of Rights," by Larry Miller, p. 70.

"Math, Maps, and Misrepresentation,": by Eric Gutstein, p. 112.


This list, from the Resources section of the book, includes books and curricula to promote justice, children's books, audio/visual resources, catalogs, organizations, Web sites, and periodicals.

Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 1 includes a full listing of valuable classroom resources, including: videos; children's books; curricula; literature anthologies; maps and posters; organizations and periodicals; and books on history, policy and theory. With the exception of organizations and periodicals, by and large, the resources included in these categories have not been repeated in Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume Two. Please see Volume One for the full listing. (Sorry, not yet available online.)

Books and Curricula to Promote Justice

All starred resources [*] are available from the Teaching for Change catalog, www.teachingforchange.org; 800-763-9131.

*Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, Sonia Nieto. White Plains, NY: Longman, 1996, second edition. Of the scores of books on multicultural education, Nieto's is one worth reading. The central message of this 422-page book is that multicultural education is essential to promote the academic achievement of students of color; it is a message that comes through powerfully in her clear explanations of related issues of bilingual education and critical pedagogy, and her numerous case studies that give voice to students of different backgrounds.

*Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children, Louise Derman-Sparks and the A.B.C. Task Force. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1989. Perhaps the best book for the early child/primary level on how to teach about all forms of bias and what to do about it.

*Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development, edited by Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart, and Margo Okazawa-Rey. Washington, DC: Network of Educators on the Americas, 1998. A 463-page collection developed by educators, parents, and activists determined to create a valuable resource for change. Lesson plans and staff development activities are included, as well as critical examinations of controversial school issues such as bilingual education and tracking. Contains an extensive resource guide of teaching and learning resources and many helpful Internet sites.

*Caribbean Connections, edited by Catherine Sunshine. Washington, DC: Network of Educators on the Americas/EPICA, 1991. Stories, interviews, songs, drama, and oral histories, accompanied by lesson plans for secondary language arts and social studies. Separate volumes on: Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Regional Overview, and Moving North.

Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement,F. Arturo Rosales. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1997. A comprehensive account of the struggle of Mexican Americans to secure and protect their civil rights, starting with the U.S. invasion of Mexico and subsequent annexation of most of what is now the U.S. Southwest. The book is designed to accompany a PBS series that is available on video

*Child Labor is Not Cheap, (http://www.maslibraries.org/about/committees/infolit/samplers/childlabor.html) Amy Sanders and Meredith Sommers. Minneapolis, MN: Resource Center of the Americas, 1997. A three-lesson unit for grades 8-12 on the 250 million children throughout the world who spend most of their days on the job. First lesson is designed to accompany the video, Zoned for Slavery (see listing under Audio/Visual Resources).

*Classroom Crusades: Responding to the Religious Right's Agenda for Public Schools, edited by Barbara Miner. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, 1998.Classroom Crusades covers the religious right's efforts to stamp their own brand of politics and religion on the country's schools. It includes an overview of key issues such as censorship, creationism, gay rights and sexuality education, with resources and examples for defending the freedom to learn.

*Colonialism in the Americas: A Critical Look (1991) and Colonialism in Asia: A Critical Look, Susan Gage. Victoria, BC: VIDEA. Sophisticated descriptions of colonialism in an easy to read, comic book format. Through dialogue and cartoons, each booklet traces the development of colonialism and its legacy. Teaching ideas are included in each volume.

*A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1993. Beginning with the colonization of the 'New World' and ending with the Los Angeles riots of 1992, this book recounts U.S. history in the voices of Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and others. Takaki turns the Anglocentric historical viewpoint inside out and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.

*Days of Respect: Organizing a Schoolwide Violence Prevention Program,Ralph Cantor, et al. Alameda, CA: Hunter House, 1997. Step-by-step instructions for putting together an event that unites students, parents, teachers and community leaders for a common goal: preventing violence and creating an atmosphere of respect in school.

De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century,Elizabeth Martinez. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 1998. Martinez's more than 30 years of experience in the movements for civil rights, women's liberation, and Latina/o empowerment are reflected in these readable essays. Particularly good on the struggles of Mexican Americans.

*Education Is Politics: Critical Teaching Across Differences, K-12, edited by Ira Shor and Caroline Pari. New York: Heinemann, 1999.In memory of Paulo Freire, the essays in this collection describe critical practices by teachers committed to transformation in and beyond the classroom. They show culturally diverse educators constructively taking sides and refusing to fit students or themselves quietly into the status quo.

*Failing Our Kids: Why the Testing Craze Won't Fix Our Schools,edited by Kathy Swope and Barbara Miner. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, 2000. More than 50 articles provide a compelling critique of standardized tests and also outline alternative ways to assess how well children are learning. The long arm of standardized testing is reaching into every nook and cranny of education. Yet relying on standardized tests distorts student learning, exacerbates inequities for low-income students and students of color, and undermines true accountability.

The Field Guide to the Global Economy, Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh, with Thea Lee. New York: TheNew Press, 1999. Illustrated with charts, graphs, and political cartoons, this accessible and engaging guide reveals the harmful effects of corporate-driven globalization. It explains current trends in the global economy, the driving forces behind globalization, and the organizations and individuals working to reverse these destructive forces.

*Finding Solutions to Hunger: Kids Can Make a Difference, Stephanie Kempf. New York: World Hunger Year, 1997. Engaging, interactive and challenging lessons for middle school, high school and adult education on the roots and solutions to domestic and global hunger. Examines colonialism, the media, famine vs. chronic hunger, the working poor, and more.

*Flirting or Hurting? A Teacher's Guide on Sexual Harassment in Schools for 6th through 12th Grade Students, Nan Stein and Lisa Sjostrom. Washington, DC: National Education Association, 1994. An excellent teacher-friendly curriculum, with stories and role plays. Widely used.

*Freedom's Unfinished Revolution: An Inquiry Into the Civil War and Reconstruction, The American Social History Project. New York: The New Press,1996. Lively prose, primary documents, illustrations, and photographs bring this key period of U.S. history to life and invite students to study Reconstruction in depth. A 302-page book that includes exercises and discussion questions. By the authors of Who Built America?

*Funding for Justice: Money, Equity and the Future of Public Education, edited by Stan Karp, et al., Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.1997. Presents the complicated issues of school finance in readable form for teachers, parents, and the community. In more than 25 articles packed with information, background, and analysis, Funding for Justice makes a strong case for providing adequate and equitable funding to all schools.

*Honoring Our Ancestors, edited by Harriet Rohmer. San Francisco: Children's Book Press,1999. A must for teachers of all grade levels. Through portraits and stories, 14 outstanding artists from diverse communities honor the ancestors who touched their lives. This book 32-page book includes Joe Sam's beautiful portrait of his three aunts who raised him in Harlem during the 1940s while working as maids in the white neighborhoods of Manhattan; and Hung Liu's portrait of her grandmother who made shoes for the family in China. Can be used at any grade level.

*Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement, Vincent Harding. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1990. A series of essays from Harding's consultation on the Eyes on the Prize series. The 246-page book provides good ideas and poses challenging questions for a course or a teacher study group.

*Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children, Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Inc.,1988. Features a collection of North American Indian stories and related hands-on activities designed to inspire children. An interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the earth and Native-American cultures.

*Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, James W. Loewen. New York: New Press, 1994. Loewen's book is an entertaining and eye-opening de-mything of key aspects of American history. It's both an effective critique of some of the most widely-used history texts as well as an alternative history.

*The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities, Sonia Nieto. New York: Teachers College Press, 1999. Nieto takes us beyond individual learners to discuss the social context of learning, the history and manifestations of educational equity, the influence of culture on learning, and critical pedagogy. Centering on multicultural education as a transformative process, the text includes reflections of teachers who have undergone this process.

Making the Grade: A Racial Justice Report Card. Applied Research Center, 1999. 510-653-3415. Free. An extremely user-friendly tool to measure racial equity in schools. The heart of this CD is an interactive reporting mechanism through which the user inputs raw data that are available from most school districts and the program then issues a 'racial justice report card.' Designed for anyone who wants to document patterns of institutional racism in schools, the CD has everything from sample letters to send school administrators to background information on racial inequality in schools. [Although this resource is no longer available in CD format, it is on the ARC Web site, at www.arc.org.]

*Making the Peace: A Violence Prevention Curriculum, Paul Kivel and Allen Creighton. Hunter House. A comprehensive teaching handbook with all the information needed to implement a 15-session core curriculum. It offers step-by-step instructions for sessions, anticipates difficult issues that may arise, and suggests ideas for follow-up both within the classroom and within the school or youth program.

*Multicultural Education as Social Activism, Christine Sleeter. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1996. Sleeter connects multicultural education with issues of power. Chapters include: 'This curriculum is multicultural ... isn't it?' 'Teaching science for social justice,' 'Reflections on my use of multicultural and critical pedagogy when students are white,' and more.

Multicultural Voices in Contemporary Literature: A Resource for Teachers, Frances Ann Day. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999. Day's updated book provides classroom teachers and librarians with a quick reference for hundreds of multicultural titles as well as some thoughtful writing prompts.

The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Nellie V. McKay. W.W. Norton,1996. Too many teachers have never read African-American literature. Most who have read individual works have not systematically explored the tradition and come to understand how it draws upon the vernacular language of African Americans. This anthology is where teachers who work with African-American children can find direction in their study of the African-American literary tradition.

*One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards, Susan Ohanian. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 1999. This hilarious, unsparing, and touching narrative recounts the author's quest to make sense of the Standards movement. Ohanian explores the ironic results of the movement in schools (e.g., failure to pass students who lack 'necessary knowledge' on topics such as covalent bonds and the Edict of Nantes), the absence of critical dialogue in the media regarding standards, and ultimately, issues a callto action.

*Open Minds to Equality: A Sourcebook of Learning Activities to Affirm Diversity and Promote Equity, (second edition) Nancy Schniedewind and Ellen Davidson. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1998. This resource both inspires teachers to teach for justice and provides classroom-ready ideas that work. The lessons integrate various curricular areas and are presented in a sequential fashion. Includes an excellent resource bibliography. Also by Schniedewind and Davidson is Cooperative Learning, Cooperative Lives: A Sourcebook for Learning Activities for Building a Peaceful World, W.C. Brown Company, 1987.

*Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, Lisa Delpit. New York: The New Press, 1995. Gives an excellent background on issues related to language and literacy. Delpit shows how educators' unconscious assumptions about race and culture play out in classrooms with harmful, if unintended, consequences. A vital resource for teacher education.

*Peters Projection World Map New York: Friendship Press. This is a map, not a book, but it comes with a teaching guide. It presents all countries according to their true size. Traditional Mercator projection maps distort sizes, making Europe appear much larger than it actually is. A New View of the World by Ward Kaiser is a handbook on the Peters map.

*A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present, Howard Zinn; New York: HarperCollins; revised 1995. The best single volume history of the United States. No teacher should be without a copy. Some sections are readable by high school students.

*The Power in Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States, Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. New York: Monthly Review Press,1988. Role-plays and writing activities help students explore issues about work and social change. An essential curriculum for history and economics teachers, or for school-to-work programs.

Preventing Prejudice, Marta Hawthorne, et al. Buena Vista Lesbian and Gay Parents Group.1999. Age-appropriate gay-positive curriculum for grades K-5.A valuable resource for teachers to talk openly and respectfully with their students about gays and lesbians and take concrete steps to diminish homophobia.

*Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word, by Linda Christensen. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, 2000.In this practical, inspirational book, Christensen draws on her20-plus years as a high school teacher to describe her vision of teaching reading, writing, and language courses that are rooted in an unwavering focus on social justice. Includes essays, lesson plans, and a remarkable collection of student writing.

*Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism & Classism, edited by Maurianne Adams, et al. Routledge, 2000. An invaluable anthology of over ninety readings by some of the foremost scholars in the fields of education and social justice, including Gloria Anzaldua, Patricia Hill Collins, bell hooks, Michael Omi, Ronald Takaki, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Cornel West and Iris Marion Young. Covers the scope of social oppressions, emphasizing interactions among racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ableism.

*The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language and the Education of African-American Children, edited by Theresa Perry and Lisa Delpit. Rethinking Schools,1998. Educators, linguists, writers and students examine the lessons of the Ebonics controversy and unravel complexities of the issue that have never been acknowledged.

Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America, edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird. New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.This anthology includes work from such notable authors as LeslieSilko and Louise Erdrich and lesser-known writers from a variety of Native cultures. It is groundbreaking in its depth, breadth, militancy, and beauty.

*Resistance in Paradise: Rethinking 100 Years of U.S. Involvement in the Caribbean and the Pacific, edited by Deborah Wei and Rachael Kamel. Philadelphia: American Friends Service Committee, 1998. In 1898, the United States annexed the Pacific Islands of Guam, Hawai'i, and Samoa, as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. This major event in U.S. history is barely mentioned in school textbooks. Resistance in Paradise fills the gap with over 50 lesson plans, role plays and readings for grades 9-12. Includes illustrations, cartoons, maps, and photographs.

*Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, 2nd edition 1998. This widely acclaimed book asks educators to think about the racial and cultural biases in traditional tales of 'discovery,' and provides numerous teaching ideas that encourage students to think critically about these myths. An essential volume for teacher education. Greatly expanded from the first edition, which sold almost a quarter of a million copies.

*Rethinking Schools: An Agenda for Change, edited by David Levine, et al. 1995. Highlights from the country's leading education reform journal on curriculum, testing and tracking, national education policy, anti-bias education, and school communities.

*Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice (Volume1), edited by Bill Bigelow, Linda Christensen, Stan Karp, Barbara Miner and Bob Peterson. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools; 1994.This collection includes creative teaching ideas, compelling classroom narratives and hands-on examples of ways teachers can promote values of community, justice, and equality ' and build academic skills.

*Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice (Volume2), edited by Stan Karp, Brenda Harvey, Larry Miller and Bill Bigelow. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools; 2001. Supplements the first volume of Rethinking Our Classrooms, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Practical from-the-classroom stories from teachers about how they attempt to teach for social justice. Extends and deepens many of the themes introduced in the first volume of Rethinking Our Classrooms.

*Roots of Justice: Stories of Organizing in Communities of Color, Larry R. Salomon. Chardon Press. 1998. Roots of Justice recaptures some of the nearly forgotten histories of communities of color. These are the stories of people who fought back against exploitation and injustice ' and won. From the Zoot Suiters who refused to put up with abuse at the hands of the Navy to the women who organized the welfare rights movement of the 1970s, Roots of Justice shows how, through organizing, ordinary people have made extraordinary contributions to change society. In a time of cynicism, this is an especially needed book.

*Selling Out Our Schools: Vouchers, Markets and the Future of Public Education, edited by Robert Lowe and Barbara Miner. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, 1996. Covers the major issues surrounding 'school choice,' vouchers, and other efforts to privatize our public schools. More than 35 articles by nationally respected educators and policy-makers explain how vouchers and marketplace approaches to education threaten our basic concepts of equality and opportunity. Ideal for communities facing charter, voucher or other privatization initiatives.

*Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America, Smitherman, Geneva. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1986.This wonderful book is still the best introduction to the study of Black language. It is required reading for teachers who work with African-American children.

*Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook, edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin. New York: Routledge, 1997. A compilation of course syllabi, lessons, and resources for college courses and staff development on issues of racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, and ableism.

*Teaching Economics As If People Mattered: A High School Curriculum Guide to the New Economy, Tamara Sober Giecek. United for a Fair Economy. 2000. Field-tested by high school teachers, this innovative economics curriculum looks at the human implications of economic policies. These 21lesson plans are designed to stimulate dialogue and encourage active student participation in the high school or college classroom.

*Teaching for Social Justice: A Democracy and Education Reader,edited by William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt and Therese Quinn. NewYork: Teachers College Press/New Press. 1998. A unique mix of hands-on, historical and inspirational writings. The topics include education through social action, writing and community building, and adult literacy.

*That's Not Fair: A Teacher's Guide to Activism with Young Children,Ann Pelo and Fran Davidson. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press. 2000. Children have a natural sense of what's fair and what's not. This book helps teachers learn to use this characteristic to develop children's belief that they can change the world for the better. Includes real-life stories of activist children, combined with teacher's experiences and reflections. Original songs for children and a resource list for both adults and children.

*Transforming Teacher Unions: Fighting for Better Schools and Social Justice, edited by Bob Peterson and Michael Charney. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools, 1999. A vital tool for anyone working in or with teacher unions today. The 25 articles look at exemplary practices of teacher unions from the local to national level, and present new visions for the 21st century. Addresses the history of teacher unionism and connects issues of teacher unions, classroom reform, local communities, and social justice.

*We Can't Teach What We Don't Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools, by Gary Howard. New York: Teacher's College Press. 1999. With25 years of teaching experience as a multicultural educator, Gary Howard looks into his own racial identity to search for what it means to be a culturally competent white teacher in racially diverse schools. His lively stories and compelling analysis offer a healing vision for the future of education.

*Who Are the Arabs: The Arab World in the Classroom, Steve Tamari. Washington, DC: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1999. History, poetry, photographs, maps, short stories and articles by and about the Arab-speaking world. This 12-page booklet is available free if requested along with an order for other titles from the Teaching for Change catalog,www.teachingforchange.org.

*'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?' and Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum. New York: HarperCollins, 1997. In 270 pages, Tatum, a psychologist and a professor at Mount Holyoke College, provides a detailed explanation of racial identity development for people of color and whites. This remarkable book, a road map filled with wisdom and humanity, tells those looking to explore issues of race where to begin.

*Women of Hope. New York. Bread and Roses Cultural Project. A poster and curriculum series on African-American, Native American, Latina, and Asian American women. The posters and study guides provide a powerful tool for challenging stereotypes by teaching about the real history and contemporary reality of extraordinary women of color.

Children's Books/Catalogs

América Is Her Name, by Luis RodrÍguez, illus. by Carlos Vásquez. Simultaneously published in a Spanish edition, La Llaman América, trans. by Tino Villanueva. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone, 1998. These books are the first children's picture books to be published by Curbstone, which has long published quality books by Latin American and Latino authors. The story, by prize-winning poet and journalist RodrÍguez (author of the memoir Always Running), deals with life in urban neighborhoods, but with a positive theme: You can succeed despite odds against you.

*The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich. Hyperion Books for Children. 1999. Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. This is the first in a series of young adult novels based on noted author Louise Erdrich's own family history. This book begins to tell the story untold in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie series.

*Dreams of Looking Up, Cindy Goff; art by Paul and Mary Fricke. Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. 1999. This educational comic book teaches the meaning and importance of tribal sovereignty. Through the Ojibwe oral tradition, a young girl learns about her people's culture in conversations with her deceased grandmother. She passes on these vital lessons to her skeptical older brother.

From Slave Ship to Freedom Road, Julius Lester, paintings by Rod Brown. New York: Puffin Books, 1998. A beautifully illustrated book that presents the slave experience' from auction block to freedom.

*Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet Book in Spanish and English, Alma Flor Ada and Simón Silva. Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books. 1997. In children's poems and sun-drenched paintings, Gathering the Sun takes us into the fields and orchards, and the lives of the people who work them. Using the letters of the Spanish alphabet as a template, Alma Flor Ada has written twenty-eight poems that celebrate honor and pride, family and friends, history and heritage, and, of course, the bounty of the harvest.

*Get Real Comics, Philadelphia: COLLAGE/Tides Center. 1997. Popular culture that helps kids 8-14 rethink issues like gender, sexuality, self-esteem, race, violence, friendship, and family. Award-winning series used in classrooms and community groups nationwide.

Grab Hands and Run, Frances Temple. New York: Harper Trophy. 1992. Set during the civil war in El Salvador, a family flees north to escape the government soldiers. 4th/up.

Home to Medicine Mountain, Chiori Santiago. San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 1998. Based on a true story, this picture book tells the story of how two young members of the Mountain Maidu and Hamawi Pit-River tribes in California escaped from the government-run boarding school and came back home.

I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry,Catherine Clinton, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. A beautiful collection of poetry from 25 of the greatest African-American poets, accompanied by striking colored drawings. Appropriate for all age groups.

* In My Heart, I Am A Dancer, Chamroeun Yin. Philadelphia Folklore Project. 1996. Through photos and large print, traditional Cambodian dancer Chamrouen tells the story of his life. Children learn that not only does he dance, but he also sews, gardens, cooks, spends time with his friends and is a teacher. In My Heart is a model for teaching about cultural traditions. Bilingual English and Cambodian.

*The Long March: A Famine Gift for Ireland, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Gary White Deer. Hillsboro, OR: Beyond Words Publishing, 1998. Based on a true story of solidarity, this picture book for all ages tells of the Choctaws in 1847 who collected $170 from their meager savings for the people of Ireland during the Potato Famine. Readers learn the story of the Choctaw who were forced by the U.S. government to leave their ancestral home in Mississippi. In the Long March west, thousands died of cold and starvation. The story's protagonist Choona, a young Choctaw, grapples with whether he is willing to extend help to a group of Europeans after the pain his own family has experienced.

Moon Over Crete, Jyotsna Sreenivasan. Holy Cow Press!, 1994. This novel for young adults is about the mixed messages society sends to young girls, and the double standards and sexual discrimination it subjects them to. The story centers on 11-year-old Lily, and her 'travels' back to ancient Crete, an egalitarian culture that did not have gender-specific roles or jobs.

*My Name is Maria Isabel, Alma Flor Ada. Alladin. 1993. For Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. Named for her Papa's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother, Maria must find a way to make her teacher understand that if she loses her name, she's lost an important part of herself.

Passage to Freedom, The Sugihara Story, Ken Mochizuki. New York: Lee and Low Books, 1997. A children's picture book which describes the true story of Hiroki Sugihara, the eldest son of the Japanese diplomat in Lithuania who at great risk to his family helped save hundreds of Jews from the Nazis.

The Pasteboard Bandit, Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes, illustrated by Peggy Turley. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Written 60 years ago by two great African-American poets, this beautifully illustrated children's book depicts a white American boy and a Mexican boy in an intercultural adventure in which both cultures and languages are equal, although the Americans are viewed as the 'strange' ones. Never published before, this is a must for all elementary school libraries.

The Red Comb, by Fernando Pic, illustrated by María Antonia Ordez. Ri Piedras, PR: Ediciones Huracán, 1991. In a story set in Puerto Rico, two women conspire to save a young woman from a slave catcher. Based on historical documents, this beautifully illustrated book brings to children another aspect of the struggle against slavery in the Americas. Spanish version also available.

Richard Wright and the Library Card, by William Miller, illus. by Gregory Christie. New York: Lee & Low Books, 1997. 888-320-3395. A wonderfully illustrated picture book that describes the struggle of the great African-American author Richard Wright's attempt to get access to all-white libraries. Appropriate for all ages and a good way to introduce Wright's works to older students.

Stolen Spirit, Peter Hays and Beti Rozen, illustrated by Graça Lima. Fort Lee, NJ: Sem Fronteiras Press, 2001. One interpretation of how a Native boy might have reacted to the first encounter in 1500 with Portuguese explorers who chop down trees that the boy’s people think are sacred. Beautifully illustrated.

*The Story of Colors/La Historia de los Colores, Sub-comandante Marcos. Cinco Puntos Press. 1999. A beautifully illustrated, bilingual folktale from the indigenous people of Chiapas. This story celebrates diversity as it tells how all the colors of the earth were born.

*The Streets are Free, Kurusa. Annick Press. 1995. An illustrated story based on the experience of children in a low-income neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela who fought for the right to turn an empty lot into a playground. Useful at all age levels to raise discussion about how people can organize to defend their rights.

Sweet Words So Brave: The Story of African American Literature, Barbara K. Curry and James Michael Brodie. Madison, WI: Zino Press, 1966. Inspired by African-American literature and history, this colorful work reflects the magic of the Harlem Renaissance and the influence of African-American writers.

*Talking Walls: The Stories Continue, Margy B. Knight and Anne S. O'Brien. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House.1996. Illustrations and text tell the stories of walls, and the people they divide, throughout the world. Includes the stories of: Chinese detainees who wrote poetry on the walls of Angel Island, children who write poetry on the fence around the home of Pablo Neruda in Chile, children who created a garden in Philadelphia from an abandoned lot and painted a mural on the surrounding wall, children in Belfast who are divided by a wall constructed by the army in the 1970s, and more.

The Turtle Watchers, Pamela Powell. New York: Puffin Books, 1992. A chapter book set in the Caribbean where three sisters work to protest the killings of the giant leatherback turtle. 4th/up.

*We Can Work It Out: Conflict Resolution for Children, Barbara K. Polland. Berkeley, CA: Tricycle Press. 2000. An invaluable tool for parents and teachers. Through beautiful color photographs and questions, this book encourages conversations between adults and children about typical conflicts children encounter, such as teasing and sharing. It helps children develop problem-solving skills they need to resolve conflicts independently.

The Well, Mildred Taylor. Dial, 1995. The newest book in Taylor's saga of the Logan family introduced in Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. This story is of the grandfather's childhood, when his family is the only one in the county that has a functional well. Racial tensions erupt between two teenage kids exposing the early 1900s Southern power structure. Highly recommended, 4th grade up.

We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909, Joan Dash. New York: Scholastic, 1996. A readable non-fiction account of one of the most important women's strikes in US history. 5th/up.

What Do You Know About Racism, Pete Sanders and Steve Meyers. Copper Beach Books, 1995. A children's book from England that directly addresses racism with clear definitions and realistic comic strips. Grade 4 and up.

Audio/Visual Resources

(The prices below are current as of Spring 2001, and in most instances apply only to individual purchasers from the Teaching for Change catalog, www.teachingforchange.org. Institutional purchasers should contact the distributors, if listed.)

*Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation, by Puhipau and Joan Lander. 1993, 60 min., $65. Comprehensive documentary on the events surrounding the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 from the perspective of Native Hawaiians. Act of War explores colonialism and the conquest of a Pacific Island nation by western missionaries and capitalists.

*The Ad and the Ego, by Harold Boihem and Chris Emmanouilides; California Newsreel(www.newsreel.org), 1996, $70. This is the best video-critique of the social and ecological effects of advertising. Blending MTV-style editing with brilliant narration, The Ad and the Ego can be a real awareness-raiser for many high school students.

*Ancient Futures: Learning from the Ladakh, based on the book by Helena Norberg-Hodge. Produced by John Page with International Society for Ecology and Culture. 1993, 60 min.,$25. Through the story of Ladakh, a Himalayan region in India, this video enables students to confront the devastating impact of 'development.' They see the root causes of environmental, social and psychological problems that arise when a traditional society is invaded by Western investment, culture, and consumer goods. This is an extraordinarily useful film that uses one case study to consider some of the intimate meanings of 'globalization.'

*Arms for the Poor, Maryknoll. 1998, 25 min. $20. This video presents an international spectrum of dignitaries and activists who share the belief of one Nobel Laureate that, 'The poor are crying out for schools and doctors, not guns and generals.' Through interviews and footage of the impact of massive amounts of weapons throughout the world, students learn who benefits and who loses from the military-industrial complex.

*At the River I Stand, California Newsreel. 1993, 56 min. $50. Martin Luther King saw in Memphis an opportunity to use nonviolence to challenge the economic power structure of the North and South. At the River I Stand documents Memphis' black community support for a path-breaking strike by 1300 city sanitation workers for a living wage. This film joins together many critical issues: violent vs. nonviolent struggle, white privilege vs. black poverty, and grassroots mobilization vs. national politics.

*Banking on Life and Debt, narrated by Martin Sheen, Maryknoll World Productions. 1995. $20.More than 90% of the world's population lives in countries directly affected by World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies. This video takes students to Brazil, Ghana, and the Philippines to see the results of these policies. A valuable resource for classes in economics, global studies, and U.S. government. 30minutes. (A longer version, The Moneylenders, is also available.)

*Barefoot Gen, (DVD format; video out of print), 1983, 83 min $24.99. Chronicles the devastating impact of the bombing of Hiroshima as experienced by a family in Japan. A stylistically close adaptation of Keiji Nakazawa's graphic autobiographical novel, this animation brings home the horrors of the war and the strength of people who survived.

*Bus Riders Union, by Haskell Wexler. Strategy Center (213-387-2800, www.busridersunion.org). 2000, 86 min., $30. Video documentary tracing three years of the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, one of the nation's most dynamic social movements formed to fight transit racism, clean up L.A.'s lethal auto pollution, and win billion dollar victories for real mass transit. Bus Riders Union is a rare mix of fine filmmaking, astute political awareness, and a complex portrayal of a multiracial grassroots movement that is taking on some of the most powerful forces in Los Angeles ' and winning.

*Business of Hunger, Maryknoll. 1984, 28 min., $20. In many countries, crops are exported while the poor go hungry. This phenomenon, one of the major causes of world hunger, is examined in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and North America. The film proposes a more just distribution of the earth's resources offering a vision of a world where all have enough to eat.

Civil Rights: The Long Road to Equality, The Duncan Group, AGC/United Learning, 1999. 800-323-9084. $95.The Civil Rights Movement: The Role of Youth in the Struggle is the first video in this helpful two-video set. The second video, Overcoming Racism, has middle- and high-school youth reflecting on their own racial identity and discrimination. The producers are aware of the limitations of any short video on such a complex subject. Upper elementary through high school.

*Earth and the American Dream, by Bill Couturie. Direct Cinema Limited, 1993; $95 (individual or institution). This extraordinary 77-minute film examines U.S. history from the standpoint of the earth. Beginning with Columbus, it effectively blends contrasting quotes from Native Americans and European 'settlers' with images of the environmental consequences of these ideas. We've never seen a film that does this so powerfully. A vital classroom resource.

Freedom On My Mind, by Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. Clarity Educational Productions,800-343-5540, $69.95 for high schools and public libraries. Others inquire. A mesmerizing 115-minute video that puts the Civil Rights Movement into the context of the daily lives of Mississippians and of Black and white activists. What distinguishes this documentary is its willingness to delve into complicated issues. Activists discuss the joys of struggle and the community it creates, as well as the implications of difficult decisions like the one to bring white northerners down to Mississippi to increase media and government attention.

*Freedom Song, starring Danny Glover. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. 2000,150 min., $20. Inspired by accounts of the women and men on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Song chronicles a family nearly torn apart by the struggles of a nation and the impact of the movement on a small Mississippi town. In documenting the complexity and effect of the movement on the volunteers, their families, and their community, Freedom Song places heroism squarely on the shoulders of the local people ' the unsung volunteers who risked their lives to make change at the grassroots level. Effective for young people as the story is seen through the eyes of a grade school student.

Gay Lives & Culture Wars, produced by Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein. Democracy Media, P.O. Box 82777, Portland, OR 97282; 503-452-6500. $20, plus $2.50 s+h for individuals. $50, plus $2.50 s+h for institutions. A powerful 27-minute video that looks at the relationships between gay and lesbian youth and their families against the backdrop of the intolerance of the religious right.

*Global Village or Global Pillage? How People Around the World are Challenging Corporate Globalization, by Jeremy Brecher with Tim Costello and Brendan Smith. 1999,28 min., $25. This documentary explores the impacts of globalization on communities, workplaces, and environments. Narrated by Ed Asner,Global Village weaves together video of interviews, music, and comics to show that, through grassroots organizing and international solidarity, ordinary people can empower themselves to deal with the global economy.

*It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School, by Debra Chasnoff and Helen Cohen. New Day Films, 888-367-9154.1997. This video provides a window into what really happens when teachers address lesbian and gay issues with their students in age-appropriate ways. It shows how addressing anti-gay prejudice is connected to preventing violence, supporting families and promoting social equality.

*Off the Track: Classroom Privilege for All, by Michelle Fine, et al. New York: Teachers College Press, 1998,$50. This 30 minute video takes the viewer into a World Literature classroom where all the students ' lower income, middle class, and affluent; white, African American, Asian-American, and Latino; girls and boys; those automatically 'advanced' and those who have been labeled in need of 'special education' ' receive and produce high quality education. Useful for staff development.

*Regret to Inform, by Barbara Sonneborn. Sun Fountain Productions. 1999, 72 min., & teacher's guide by Bill Bigelow, $25. This beautifully filmed Oscar-nominated documentary follows director Barbara Sonneborn as she travels to Vietnam to the site of her husband's wartime death. Woven into her personal odyssey are interviews with American and Vietnamese widows who speak openly and profoundly about the men they loved and how war changed their lives forever. Regret to Inform is ideal for classes taking a critical look at the Vietnam War.

*Rethinking Columbus Slide Show, by Bill Bigelow. NECA. $70. Slides and script provide a critique of the story of the 'discovery of America' as it is told in most children's literature and textbooks. Ideal for workshops for teachers or students on critiquing bias.

*Scarves of Many Colors: Muslim Women and the Veil. Audiotape by Joan Bohorfoush and Diana Dickerson. Curriculum by Bill Bigelow, Sandra Childs, Norm Diamond, Diana Dickerson, and Jan Haaken. 2000, audiotape 24 min., curriculum 54 pp., $10.This award-winning audiotape and curriculum engage students in thinking critically about stereotypes of 'covered' Islamic women. The audiotape introduces a range of U.S. and Middle Eastern women who tell stories and offer insight. The curriculum offers four classroom-tested lessons, including an excellent role play/tribunal on 'Women and the Veil,' with accompanying student handouts. A lively addition to any Global Studies, psychology, sociology, women's studies, world history, or teacher education curriculum.

The Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in America, by Charles Guggenheim. Order Dept., Teaching Tolerance, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104. $25, free to middle and high school principals and college history department chairs upon written request. A teaching kit that details the legacy of prejudice toward ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants and other groups. The kit includes a 40-minute video, teacher's guide, and a student handbook. While the video has technical shortcomings, the teacher's guides and student handbook are excellent.

*Some Mother's Son, 1995, 112 min., $20. From start to finish, students are riveted by this poignant dramatization of the hunger strikes initiated by imprisoned Irish Republican Army members in 1981. Based on true events, it explores the struggle in Northern Ireland from the standpoint of two mothers of IRA prisoners ' each of whom responds very differently to her son's political involvement and incarceration. Although this film was unfairly slapped with an R rating for some harsh language and violence, this should not deter teachers who want to expose students to the complexities of the Irish 'Troubles'.

*Sweating for a T-Shirt, Medea Benjamin. 1999, Global Exchange, 24 min., $25. An excellent classroom resource. Arlen Benjamin decides to travel to Honduras with her mother, activist/writer Medea Benjamin, to find out the conditions of workers who make t-shirts and sweatshirts for college students such as herself. Her narration deftly responds to a number of the myths about life in poor countries and we meet several women workers, who share powerful descriptions about their living and working conditions.

*Trinkets and Beads by Christopher Walker. First Run/Icarus, 1996. This powerful52 minute video examines the impact of oil 'development' in the rainforests of eastern Ecuador. Unforgettable images weave in and out of interviews with Huaorani Indians, oil company officials, and missionaries. The video has been used successfully with middle and high school students throughout the country. Accompanying teaching guide to Trinkets and Beads, by Bill Bigelow, available from www.teachingforchange.org.

*Viva La Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History, by the South West Organizing Project and Collision Course Video Productions, South West Organizing Project, 211 10th Street S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102. 505-247-8832; fax 505-247-9972. $112.50, includes s&h. A multicultural kit that includes the 238 page bilingual book 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, the two-part video Viva La Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History, and a teacher's guide for elementary and secondary schools. The kit spans pre-Colombian times to the present, focusing on ancient Mexican societies, Spanish colonization, the U.S. War against Mexico and the resistance to U.S. colonization, and other significant events in Chicano history.

*Zoned for Slavery/The Child Behind the Label, National Labor Committee, 1995, $20. This 23-minute video looks at the exploitation of children and teenagers working in factories in Central America that make clothes for U.S. companies such as the GAP, Eddie Bauer, JC Penney and WalMart. Some of the young workers earn only 12 cents to make a shirt that retails for over$20. The video works with students as young as 5th grade but is also excellent for high school students.


Asian American Curriculum Projects; www.asianamericanbooks.com. 83 W. 37th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403. 800-874-2242; fax: (650)357-6908.e-mail: aacpinc@best.com. An extensive catalog of resources and services that underscore the importance and diversity of the Asian-American experience. Books for students of all ages.

Center For Media Literacy. www.medialit.org. 4727 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 403, Los Angeles, CA 90010. 800-226-9494;fax: 213-931-4474. e-mail; cml@medialit.org. A catalog that offers educators and parents a means of evaluating, understanding, and challenging our media culture. It contains literacy workshop kits, videos, books, guides and other resources designed to help parents and teachers through the media maze.

The National Women's History Project catalog; www.nwhp.org. 3343 Industrial Dr., Suite 4, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. (707) 838'6000;fax: (707) 838'0478 e-mail: nwhp@aol.com. A non-profit distributor of multicultural, women's history books, CDs, videos, posters, and curricula. The Learning Place page features teaching ideas and info at http://www.nwhp.org/tlp/main/main.html

Network of Educators on the Americas (NECA) ' see Teaching for Change, below.

Northern Sun Merchandising; www2.northernsun.com. 2916 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55406-2065. 800-258-8579;fax: 612-729-0149. e-mail: nsm@scc.net. A distributor of valuable resources on environmental, gay/lesbian, multicultural and feminist themes. Beautiful, classroom-friendly posters.

Syracuse Cultural Workers; www.syrculturalworkers.org. P.O. Box 6367
Syracuse, NY 13217. 315-474-1132; fax (toll-free): 877-265-5399.e-mail: scw@syrculturalworkers.org. A long-time distributor of multicultural, social justice resources, including the Peace Calendar that should adorn all classrooms.

Teaching for Change catalog; www.teachingforchange.org. P.O. Box 73038, Washington, D.C. 20056-3038; 800-763-9131, fax:202-238-0109 The most comprehensive catalog of social justice, multicultural teaching resources available. Indispensible.


Adbusters Media Foundation; www.adbusters.org. 1243 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V6H 1B7, Canada; 604-736-9401;fax: 604-737-6021; e-mail: adbusters@adbusters.org. Adbusters describes itself as 'a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.' Adbusters publishes a magazine of the same name, sponsors Buy Nothing Day and TV Turnoff Week, produces clever 'uncommercials' and seeks to agitate so that folks 'get mad about corporate disinformation, injustices in the global economy, and any industry that pollutes our physical or mental commons.'

American Federation of Teachers; www.aft.org. 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001. 202-879-4400; fax: 202-879-4439. e-mail:online@aft.org. Resources and information from the national teachers union.

The Applied Research Center; www.arc.org. 3781 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611. 510-653-3415; fax: 510-653-3427;e-mail: arc@arc.org. ARC is an important public policy, educational and research institute whose work emphasizes issues of race and social change. Publishes the acclaimed ColorLines Magazine ' see Periodicals.

Center for Law and Education, www.cleweb.org. 515 Washington Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02111. (617) 451-0855;fax: (617) 451-0857. e-mail: cle@cleweb.org. See especially News Notes, the Center's newsletter for up-to-date information on vocational education legislation.

Children's Defense Fund; 25 E. Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. (202) 628-8787; fax:202-662-3510. e-mail: cdfinfo@childrensdefense.org. This Web site offers a great deal of information about the CDF and its positions on critical issues affecting children, especially minorities and the disabled. Also includes position papers and background materials on many topics, and a host of links to other resources on the Web.

Corporate Watch; PO Box 29344 San Francisco, CA 94129. tel: 415-561-6568; fax:415-561-6493. e-mail: corpwatch@corpwatch.org. A must-visit site for activists who want to keep tabs on the behavior of corporations. Lots of timely news and impressive archives of past corporate misdeeds.

Defence for Children International ' North American Affiliate, www.defence-for-children.org.1350 Sycamore Drive, Burlington, Ontario L7M 1H2, Canada, 905-336-7898;fax 905-319-0615. e-mail: les.horne2@sympatico.ca. Defence for Children international (DCI) is an independent non-governmental organisation set up during the International Year of the Child(1979) to ensure on-going, practical, systematic and concerted international action specially directed towards promoting and protecting the rights of the child.

Designs for Change, www.dfc1.org/dfc.htm. 220 S. State St., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60604. 312-922-0317;fax: 312-857-9299. e-mail: dfc1@aol.com. Detailed reports on Chicago's site-based reform, the country's most ambitious governance reform. Materials for parents, teachers.

Economic Policy Institute
The mission of the Economic Policy Institute is to provide high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The Institute stresses real world analysis and a concern for the living standards of working people, and it makes its findings accessible to the general public, the media, and policy makers.

Electronic Policy Network; www.epinet.org.1660 L Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036. 202-775-8810; fax: 202-775-0819. e-mail:epi@epinet.org. A very extensive site dedicated to "providing you with timely information and leading ideas about national policy and politics." Loaded with links to progressive organizations dealing with a wide variety of social issues. Also includes Idea Central, EPN's online magazine.

Facing History and Ourselves; www.facing.org. 16 Hurd Road, Brookline, MA 02146. 617-232-1595; fax: 617-232-0281.An education project that targets hatred, prejudice, racism, and indifference by focusing on teaching students about the Holocaust. Resources, workshops, and newsletter.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting; www.fair.org. 130 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. 212-633-6700; fax: 212-727-7668;e-mail: fair@fair.org. FAIR is a national media watch group that has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.FAIR publishes the indispensable Extra!, an award-winning magazine of media criticism, and regular updates, available via their listserv. FAIR also produces a weekly radio program, CounterSpin. An excellent source to get students thinking critically about media coverage of world events.

Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy; www.foodfirst.org. 398 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94618. tel: 510-654-4400; fax:510-654-4551; e-mail: foodfirst@foodfirst.org. Since its founding in 1975, Food First has published some of the most useful books on food and hunger issues. Through their publications and activism they continue to offer leadership to the struggle for reforming the global food system from the bottom up. Their catalog is on-line at their Web site.

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators Network (GLSEN); www.glsen.org. 212-727-0135; e-mail: glsen@glsen.org GLSEN is the leading national organization fighting to end anti-gay bias in K-12 schools. The organization offers many useful resources. The GLSEN-initiated student organizing project provides support to young people as they 'form and lead gay-straight alliances' helping them to change their own school environments from the inside out.'

Global Exchange; www.globalexchange.org. 2017 Mission Street #303, San Francisco, California 94110; 415-255-7296; fax 415- 255-7498; e-mail: info@globalexchange.org. Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world. In the late 90s, it was perhaps the most important organization drawing attention to Nike's sweatshop abuses. Their expansive Web site will be valuable for students researching just about any important global issue.

International Education and Resource Network (iEARN); www.iearn.org. 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 540, New York, NY 10115. 212-870-2693;e-mail: iearn@us.iearn.org. iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of almost 4,000 schools in over 90 countries. It aims to empower teachers and young people(K-12) to work together online at low cost through a global telecommunications

Media Education Foundation; www.mediaed.org. 26 Center St., Northampton, MA 01060. 413-584-8500; fax: 413-586-8398.e-mail: mediaed@mediaed.org.
The Media Education Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to media research and production of resources to aid educators and others in fostering analytical media literacy. Their mission, "We believe that a media literate citizenry is essential to a vibrant democracy in a diverse and complex society".

National Association for the Education of Young Children; www.naeyc.org. 1509 16th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20036-1426. 800-424-2460;fax: 202-328-1846. e-mail: naeyc@naeyc.org. Publishes Young Children, and other useful materials.

National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest); www.fairtest.org. 342 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139. 617-864-4810. fax: 617-497-2224.e-mail: info@fairtest.org. The major clearinghouse for information and activism on countering testing injustice. See especially, FairTest Examiner, a quarterly newsletter on assessment issues.

National Association for Multicultural Education; www.nameorg.org. 733 Fifteenth Street, NW - Suite 430, Washington, DC 20005 202-628-6263
fax: 202-628-6264. e-mail: name@nameorg.org. Founded in 1990, NAME provides resources and support that help educators promote "a philosophy of inclusion that embraces the basic tenets of cultural pluralism," and "promoting cultural and ethnic diversity as a national strength."

National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education; www.ncbe.gwu.edu. The George Washington University Center for the Study of Language & Education, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 260, Washington, DC 20037.800-321-6223; fax: 800-531-9347. e-mail: askncbe@ncbe.gwu.edu. News, discussion groups and resources for educators working with linguistically and culturally diverse students.

National Coalition of Education Activists (NCEA); http://members.aol.com/nceaweb. PO Box 679, Rhinebeck, NY 12572;914-876-4580; fax: 914-876-4461. e-mail: ncea@aol.com. A network of teacher, parent, and community activists who organize around equity issues in schools and communities. Bi-annual conferences feature workshops on teaching strategies for social justice. Publishes the newsletter, Action for Better Schools.

National Education Association; www.nea.org. 1201 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. 202-833-4000 fax: 202-822-7292.e-mail:
Online home of the nation's largest teachers union.

National Labor Committee; www.nlcnet.org. 275 Seventh Avenue, 15th Floor,
New York, NY 10001. 212-242-3002; fax: 212-242-3821. e-mail: nlc@nlcnet.org. The National Labor Committee is the producer of some of the most valuable videos and reports on sweatshop and labor rights issues around the world (see, for example, the videos Zoned for Slavery and Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti.)

National TV-Turnoff Week. Contact: TV-Free America, 1322 18th St., N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. 202-887-0436; fax: 202-887-0438. e-mail tvfa@essential.org. The annual No-TV observation is set for April. An 'Organizer's Kit' is available for a $5 tax-deductible donation. It includes a guide, a poster, bumper stickers, pledge cards and an information packet.

National Women's History Project; www.nwhp.org. The project has a variety of K-12 curriculum materials, and also holds workshops and training seminars.

Network of Educators on the Americas (NECA); www.teachingforchange.org. P.O. Box 73038., Washington, DC 20056-3038. 800-763-9131; fax:202-238-0109; e-mail: necadc@aol.com. Publisher of excellent multicultural, social justice teaching materials, such as the widely-used Beyond Heroes and Holidays, and the essential Teaching for Change catalog.

NMMLP - New Mexico Media Literacy Project; www.nmmlp.org. 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. 505-828-3129.Excellent materials on critical media literacy teaching.

People For the American Way; www.pfaw.org. 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. 800-326-7329;fax: 202-293-3672. e-mail: pfaw@pfaw.org. A national progressive organization that fights school vouchers and other right-wing policy initiatives.

Rainforest Action Network; www.ran.org. 221 Pine Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94104; tel: 415-398-4404;fax: 415-398-2732. RAN works to protect the earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. Theirs is a must-visit comprehensive Web site that includes a wealth of information, including ideas for activities and activism with students, classroom-friendly factsheets, and links to indigenous rainforest groups.

Resource Center of the Americas; www.Americas.org. 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406. 612-276-0788; fax:612-276-0898; e-mail: rainforest@ran.org. The Resource Center provides information and develops programs that demonstrate connections between people of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Over the years they have published a great deal of curriculum in this area. Their Web site includes an on-line catalog of these and other classroom materials, along with resources on critical issues about the Americas.

TURN - Teacher Union Reform Network; www.turnexchange.net. 30 N. Union St. Suite 301, Rochester NY 14607. 716-546-2681;fax: 716-546-4123.
Network of progressive AFT and NEA locals engaged in educational reform. Includes contract language of innovative contracts.

United for a Fair Economy; www.ufenet.org. 37 Temple Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02111. 617-423-2148;fax: 617-423-0191. UFE provides numerous resources to organizations and individuals working to address the widening income and asset gap in the U.S. and around the world. They publish useful training and curriculum materials, and their Web site features an economics library, research library, and fact sheets.

ZNet/Z Magazine; www.zmag.org. 18 Millfield St., Woods Hole, MA 02543. Z Net is one of the most amazing Web sites we know of. Forums, commentaries from around the world, song lyrics for 530 songs-with-a-conscience, courses, analyses on global issues of all kinds. Many pre-college students might find some of the writing a bit hard-going, but there is an awful lot here. Z Magazine is available the old fashioned way' see Periodicals.


Adbusters. www.adbusters.org 1243 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6H 1B7 800.663.1243 fax: 604.737.6021.adbusters@adbusters.org. Canadian journal that promotes critical thinking about consumer culture. See Adbusters Media Foundation in Organizations.

ColorLines Magazine; www.arc.org. 1322 Webster St., Suite 402, Oakland, CA 94612. 510-465-9577;fax 510-465-4824. Published quarterly; subscriptions $15 for six issues. An award-winning national magazine that covers race, culture, and community organizing, with a particular focus on issues that affect communities of color.

Dollars and Sense; www.dollarsandsense.org. 740 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141-1401. 617 876-2434fax: 617 876-0008 dollars@dollarsandsense.org. Provides easy to understand articles on the economy from a critical perspective. Indispensable for economics teachers.

The Ecologist; www.theecologist.org. PO Box 326, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8FA, UK. An outstanding journal that challenges basic assumptions about 'development,' 'progress,' and 'growth.' Important articles that can help students and teachers consider the environmental consequences of globalization.

FairTest Examiner. See the National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest),in Organizations.

Green Teacher; www.greenteacher.org. 95 Robert St., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2K5. Emphasizes hands-on environmental education.

In These Times; www.inthesetimes.com. 2040 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647. (773) 772-0100; fax:(773) 772-4180. A weekly news magazine that promotes an anti-corporate perspective on national and international issues.

Labor Notes; www.labornotes.org. 7435 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210 (313) 842-6262 fax: (313)842-0227. labornotes@labornotes.org. A monthly newsletter of news and analysis dealing with on-going labor union and ran-and-file activities.

The Nation, www.thenation.com. 72 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011. Weekly. Important articles on world and national events from a progressive perspective.

New Internationalist; www.newint.org. P.O. Box 1143, Lewiston, NY 14092. A colorful monthly magazine on issues of global inequality. Articles reproducible for students. Each issue has a different theme: child labor, global warming, the AIDS crisis, etc.

New Youth Connections; www.youthcomm.org.144 W. 27th St., 8R, New York, NY 10001. (212) 242-3270. Monthly newspaper written by high school students. Also publishes Foster Care Youth United.

NACLA Report; www.nacla.org. North American Congress on Latin America , 475 Riverside Drive,#454, New York, NY 10115. (212) 870-3146. 5 issues a year. Detailed analyses on Latin American and Caribbean issues.

Radical Teacher Magazine, www.radicalteacher.com. Boston Women's Teachers' Group, P.O. Box 102, Kendall Square Post Office, Cambridge, MA 02142. Many valuable articles and teaching ideas from a critical standpoint.

Rethinking Schools; www.rethinkingschools.org. 1001 E. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53212; 800-669-4192; fax:802-864-7626; e-mail: office@rethinkingschools.org. A quarterly journal put out by classroom teachers with a focus on social justice and equity. Rethinking Schools OnLine contains this entire resource list with all web site addresses hot-linked. Rethinking Schools also publishes a number of the books listed in these Resources, including Rethinking Our Classrooms: volumes one and two, (see descriptions above.)

Sex, Etc; www.sxetc.org. Rutgers University, 100 Joyce Kilmer Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854.732-445-7929; fax: 732-445-4154. An award-winning web site by and for teens about health and sexuality issues. Sponsored bythe Network for Family Life Education.

Teaching Tolerance; www.teachingtolerance.org. 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104. Mailed twice a year to teachers at no charge, this magazine has a range of popularly written articles and a useful resource section. Published by Southern Poverty Law Center, which also has a film and curriculum package on the Civil Rights Movement.

Z Magazine; www.znet.org. 11 issues a year. Detailed articles on current events from a critical perspective. Valuable column on the politics of the media. See description of ZNet in the Organizations.

Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 2
edited by Bill Bigelow , Brenda Harvey , Stan Karp , Larry Miller

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