Teaching for Change

Building social justice, starting in the classroom.

aka Zinn Education Project   |   Washington, DC   |  http://teachingforchange.org

Mission

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Ms. Deborah J. Menkart

Associate Director

Ms. Nakeesha "Keesha" Jeanne Ceran

Main address

PO Box 73038

Washington, DC 20056 USA

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Formerly known as

Network of Educators on Central America

EIN

52-1616482

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Parent Teacher Group (B94)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Teaching for Change operates from the belief that schools can provide students the skills, knowledge and inspiration to be citizens and architects of a better world — or they can fortify the status quo.

By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Professional Development

Through our professional development program, we provide workshops and courses on Teaching for Change publications, including, "Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching."

We also partner with Rethinking Schools to implement the Zinn Education Project, a collaborative effort that offers resources and support for teaching people's history in K-12.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Teaching for Change developed SocialJusticeBooks.org in 2017 to identify and promote the best multicultural and social justice children’s books, as well as articles and books for educators. SocialJusticeBooks.org offers more than 50 lists of recommended books for children, young adults, and educators on a variety of themes.

SocialJusticeBooks.org also hosts a database of children’s book reviews for the See What We See coalition of writers, scholars, educators, librarians, and activists who believe that books reflect what is valued in society and can therefore shape people’s attitudes and actions towards one another.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice is a network of educators who seek to strengthen and deepen social justice teaching. We are community of mutual support for educators to collaborate on curriculum, professional learning, and activism. We challenge systems of oppression through anti-bias, anti-racist, and multicultural education. We work with students, families, and other educators in and outside of our classrooms to create a more just and equitable world.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Teaching for Change partners with Rethinking Schools to implement the Zinn Education Project, http://zinnedproject.org, a collaborative effort that offers resources and support for teaching people's history in K-12.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet the lack of resources on Central American heritage in most schools make the rich history and literature of the region invisible. Teaching for Change has launched a campaign to help fill that gap with resources for teaching about Central America.

Our goal is to encourage and support teaching about Central America in K-12 schools so that students can learn about this region, which has many ties to the United States through foreign policy, immigration, commerce, and culture.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

The Civil Rights Movement is celebrated in our national narrative as a people’s struggle for social justice. However, the powerful stories of everyday people organizing and working together for social change are lost in the teaching of a few major heroes and dates. The effect is disempowering for our current and future generations that hope to make the world a better place.
Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching and the companion website civilrightsteaching.org offer teaching resources that emphasize the power of people through a diversity of stories, perspectives, essays, photographs, graphics, interviews, and interactive and interdisciplinary lessons.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Teaching for Change is honored to work with D.C. area schools and the authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. to develop lessons and share teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in middle and high school social studies, language arts, math, music, and/or D.C. history classes, and to bring renowned go-go performers into D.C. classrooms.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

One of the Best Charities in Greater Washington 2021

Catalgoue for Philanthropy

# 25947 2019

Combined Federal Campaign

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a combination of our overall Teaching for Change email list and our lists for specific programs such as the DC Area Educators for Social Justice and the Zinn Education Project.

Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Zinn Education Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are downloads of free people's history lessons for middle and high school classrooms from the Zinn Education Project website that TFC coordinates with Rethinking Schools.

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Professional Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes workshops and teacher institutes hosted by Teaching for Change and the Zinn Education Project.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Teaching for Change helps young people uncover the truth about history and their vital role as informed and active citizens.

We provide teachers and parents with tools to help students question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, become active participants in building a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Educators turn to Teaching for Change for our carefully curated reading lists, trainings, gatherings, and lessons.

Teaching for Change provides:

• Free, downloadable classroom lessons on a wide range of topics including U.S. history, Central America, the Civil Rights Movement, and much more
• Carefully curated lists of recommended teaching resources, including multicultural and social justice booklists and resources for preschool-high school age students
• Workshops and trainings for educators
• Training and support to educators to build strong schools with grassroots multiracial parent power

Teaching for Change has twelve experienced staff members, an active board that meets regularly, and a more than 30 year history.

In 2020, Teaching for Change engaged more than 4,000 teachers in over 60 events, both in person and online. More than 139,000 people have signed up to receive resources through our email lists. On Facebook, more than 282,000 follow our Zinn Education Project and more than 48,000 follow Teaching for Change. In 2020 we reached the milestone of 125,000 teachers who have signed up to access people's history lessons from the Zinn Education Project website. In the D.C. area, our network of educators has grown to more than 6,000. Each year we develop and post new lessons for teachers to download.

Each year Teaching for Change reaches more teachers with the tools to help students learn to read, write, and change the world. We offer resources for the classroom that address respectful school environments, times in history when advances by people of color have faced a brutal roll back, and times when people have made progress against all odds.

Despite this, we have a long way to go. Textbook versions of U.S. history continue to omit the powerful stories of everyday people organizing and working together for social change, which get lost in the teaching of a few major heroes and dates.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Teaching for Change

Board of directors
as of 06/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nzinga Tull

Jackson and Tull

Term: 2020 -

Darryl McDuffie

Thomas W. Pyle Middle School

Timothy Jenkins

Unlimited Visions, Inc

Gita Rao

Independent Consultant, Investment Management

Sylvia Sanchez

Sheldon Scott

Eaton Workshop

Lauren Khouri

Correia & Puth, PLLC

Fouzia Bencheikh

Malala Fund

Nancy Mirabal

University of Maryland, College Park

Satara Charlson

Brandman University

Tiffany Patterson

D.C. Public School

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/14/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.