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Planning to Change the World — Introduction

Planning to Change the World is a plan book for teachers who believe their students can create meaningful social change It is the product of a collaboration between two education networks—the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) and the Education for Liberation Network. The information and ideas featured on its pages come from teachers, college students and activists who, like you, struggle daily to put their values into practice. As educators, our vision of teaching for liberation often gets buried under the every day realities of teaching. Bombarded with paperwork, tests, curriculum mandates, we feel frustrated, overwhelmed, alone.

This plan book is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities. It is both a daily reminder of the importance of teaching for justice and a collection of tools to help you do just that. Planning to Change the World is packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events, words of wisdom from visionary leaders, lesson plans, resources, social justice education happenings and more.

It also connects you to a national community of educators who are interested in social justice teaching. In this book we hear from teachers like you who care about their students, respect them and think they can and will change the world. Teachers who believe it is their job to help them learn how to do that. This plan book was created to make that job just a little easier by helping you turn your daily lesson planning into strategy for teaching toward democracy, fairness and peace.

In Solidarity,
Carla, Gretchen, and Thomas