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Volume 30 Number 3

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Free COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI’s War on the Black Freedom Movement

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

Students learn about the FBI’s counterintelligence program of the 1960s and ´70s. They see the roots of Black Lives Matter—and the attacks on it—in the history of Martin Luther King Jr. and Fred Hampton.


Free ESSA: NCLB Repackaged

By Stan Karp

Its total failure and the movement against standardized testing finally brought the demise of No Child Left Behind. But is its successor, the Every Student Succeeds Act, any better?

Free Education Under Occupation: East Jerusalem
An interview with Zakaria Odeh

By Jody Sokolower

An on-the-ground account of the impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian children from the perspective of East Jerusalem.

Cultivando sus voces
1st graders develop their voices learning about farmworkers

By Marijke Conklin

Emerging bilingual 1st graders research farmworkers by visiting a strawberry farm and reading lots of books. Then they write their own stories.

El corazón de la escuela / The Heart of the School
The importance of bilingual school libraries

By Rachel Cloues

A public school teacher-librarian describes a vibrant library program—and exposes the harm when librarians are seen as dispensable and libraries become testing centers.

Free El corazón de la escuela
La importancia de las bibliotecas bilingües en las escuelas

Por Rachel Cloues, Traducido por Nicholas Yurchenco

Una maestra bibliotecaria describe los dinámicos programas de su biblioteca y expone el daño causado cuando se considera a los bibliotecarios como dispensables y a las bibliotecas como el centro de los exámenes.

Believe Me the First Time

By Dale Weiss

A 2nd grader and a 4th grader share experiences on their paths toward gender identity, then join forces to create and teach a lesson promoting understanding and support.

Free Sacrifice Zones

By Rosemarie Frascella

An English language teacher uses Naomi Klein’s concept of sacrifice zones—from This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate—to help her immigrant students understand connections between oppression in their home countries and in the United States.

Free Zonas de sacrificio

Por Rosemarie Frascella, Traducido por Vanesa Ortiz Solís

Una maestra de inglés usa el concepto de zonas de sacrificio de Naomi Klein, de Esto lo cambia todo: El capitalismo contra el clima, para ayudar a sus estudiantes inmigrantes a entender las conexiones entre la opresión en sus países de origen y en los Estados Unidos.

“The Most Gentrified City of the Century”

By Becky HenkleBerry and Jeff Waters

Middle school teachers collaborate to help students understand and critique the changes that have taken place in their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood. Their inspired students create an online resource of local history and heroes.

FreePrizes as Curriculum
How my school gets students to “behave”

By Kelly Lagerwerff

A paraprofessional exposes the harm of substituting compliance for content at a school for special needs students.


Free Editorial

Boycotting Occupation: Educators and Palestine

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

Free Education Action

Reining in Military Recruiting

By Seth Kershner

Free Resources

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

Free Good Stuff


By Herb Kohl

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