Practical Resources for Progressive Education
What is it?
Rethinking Schools is a publisher of education materials that is “committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy”. They put out a beautiful quarterly magazine and a wide variety of books with short articles and chapters written by teachers, parents, and students about their experiences. Their publications offer very practical advice for educators who want to overcome injustices in schools and in their students’ lives.
Who is it for?
Teachers, activists, academics and anyone else interested in promoting social justice through public education. Contributors share experiences and ideas for curriculum, teaching, activism, organizing, and policy.
Why we love it
The articles in Rethinking Schools publications are clearly written, practical, diverse, and engaging. Some publications are particularly well-suited for language teachers including the 2008 magazine edition on Language, Race, and Power and the book Rethinking Multicultural Education.
The shared experiences, advice, and links to other organizations and publications allow readers to connect with a growing community of progressive educators. If you are able to attend, I highly recommend meeting some of the founders and contributors at the Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice.