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Volume 31 Number 2

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Free What’s Your Story?
Student identity on the walls in Philly

By Joshua Kleiman and Charlie McGeehan

A high school English teacher and a media arts teacher team up to teach
 a unit on identity. Students combine personal writing with vivid photography, creating large banners that become public art.


FreeUchinaaguchi: The Language of My Heart

By Moé Yonamine

Returning to her home country of Okinawa at 13, Moé Yonamine was hit by a teacher for speaking her Indigenous language. She reflects on the history of colonial oppression in Okinawa and the importance of keeping culture and language alive.

Language Is a Human Right
An interview with veteran activist Debbie Wei on language education in the Asian American community

By Grace Cornell Gonzales

Educator Debbie Wei, co-founder of a folk arts-based school in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, describes her journey—from growing up as the child of Chinese immigrants who never spoke to her in their native language, to advocating for heritage language programs.

Sabrina's Story
Parents and teachers work together on inclusion

By Kate MacLeod, Julie Causton, and Nelia Nunes

Third-grader Sabrina isn’t thriving in her self-contained special education classroom. Her parents believe that she would do better in an inclusion classroom, and they collaborate with teachers and staff to make it a success.

Medical Apartheid: Teaching the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

By Gretchen Kraig-Turner

Students in a bioethics class are horrified to learn about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, during which African American men were denied treatment for syphilis. They draw connections to other medical injustices and write their own codes of ethics for medical research.

Push Out: Racial Dynamics at a Turnaround School

By Christopher B. Knaus

A teacher educator is hired as a mentor by a turnaround school’s new principal. He soon realizes he is being asked to cover for getting rid of an excellent teacher of color.

Free All American Boys
An interview with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

By Renée Watson

Two authors collaborated to write a nuanced novel from the perspectives of two young men—Rashad, who is Black, and Quinn, who is white. The novel gives teachers a powerful tool to discuss police brutality and racism with students.


Free Editorials

In Our Hands

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

“Water Is Life” Teaching for Solidarity with Standing Rock

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

Free Education Alert

Betsy DeVos: Swamp Denizen Named Secretary of Education

Free Resources

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

Free Good Stuff

My Night in the Planetarium

Reviewed by Rachel Cloues