In today’s education system, high-stakes testing leaves teachers desperate for classroom materials that are academically rigorous and engaging. For schools that serve students of color, the need is especially acute: standard curricula do not reflect the children’s identities and fail to spark a love of learning. So Teaching for Change transforms the educational landscape, offering professional development training to more than 2,000 DC-area teachers each year – and empowering them to deliver dynamic, challenging lessons that are relevant to students and their communities. Children discover their own heritage while learning about the Civil Rights Movement, Central American literature, DC’s homegrown go-go music, and more. A wealth of online resources and books (including Teaching for Change’s own publications) encourage children and adults alike to re-think the world beyond the headlines and textbooks. Meanwhile, the Tellin’ Stories Project helps schools develop meaningful home-school partnerships and build parent engagement – a proven catalyst for academic achievement. We have the power to shape the future of education: let’s make sure every child is a part of it.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees

Schools They Work In: Bruce Monroe @ Parkview ES; Thomson ES; Powell ES; Lasalle-Backus ES; Langdon ES

  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   6
  • Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:   1500
  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   2000

Awards & Recognition

Selected in 2010 by the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group, coordinated by the Harvard Family Research Project, as one of twelve examples of leading innovations in family engagement, Taking Leadership, Innovating Change.

Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award (2004) for "Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching"


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Teaching for Change is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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