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Volume 29 Number 3


Free Celebrating Skin Tone
The science and poetry of skin color

By Katharine Johnson

An early elementary school teacher combines a science lesson and poetry to encourage children to celebrate their own skin tone and that of their classmates.

Other People’s Lives
Persona poems teach insight and empathy

By Linda Christensen

An introduction to persona poems, which ask students “to find that place inside themselves that connects with a moment in history, literature, life.”

“I Am a Feather”
“I Am” poems based on “The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee”

By Bob Peterson

A 5th-grade teacher uses N. Scott Momaday’s brilliant imagery to inspire his students to write metaphoric “I Am” poems.


FreeThey Deserve Good Teaching, Too
Social justice in a classroom for students with autism

By Leanna Carollo

A teaching assistant working with students with autism realizes the behavior modification-based teaching strategies she is told to use are robbing her students of voice and independence. She tries something else instead.

Free Ellos también merecen una buena enseñanza
La justicia social en un salón para niños con autismo

Por Leanna Carollo, Traducido por Nicholas Yurchenco

Una asistente educativa que trabaja con estudiantes con autismo se da cuenta que la enseñanza para modificar el comportamiento que le piden que utilice les está robando a sus estudiantes su voz e independencia. Así que prueba una alternativa.

Free The Koch Brothers Sneak into School
Right-wing billionaires buy their way into social studies classes

By Bill Bigelow

The Koch-funded Bill of Rights Institute cherry-picks the Constitution, history, and current events to hammer home the lesson that freedom means freedom to make money.

Free A Tale of Two Districts: The Long Reach and Deep Pockets of Corporate Reform

By Stan Karp

A comparison of corporate reform strategies and popular resistance in two very different districts in New Jersey—Newark and Montclair—reveals the flexibility of the privatizers and the potential of solidarity across communities.


Free Editorial

Black Students’ Lives Matter
Building the school-to-justice pipeline

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

Free Short Stuff

Long Island Teacher Boycotts Common Core Tests

Charter Discipline Rules Don’t Meet Codes

Black Girls Matter

SF Catholic Schools Fight New “Morality Clauses”

New Mexico Students Protest PARCC

Free In Memoriam

Remembering Harold Berlak

By Bob Peterson

Free Resources

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources.

Free Good Stuff

Fairy Tales Retold

By Elizabeth Marshall

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