Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk Series

Teaching for Change has just launched a new series entitled, Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk. The series is a collection of short videos that give caregivers, parents, and educators the tools to evaluate children’s books using an anti-racist and anti-bias lens.

In Freedom Reads, associate director of Teaching for Change, Allyson Criner Brown, spends ten minutes examining a different children’s book, offering a synopsis, relevant resources, and four to five key points from an anti-bias, critical literacy perspective.

“In years of working with parents, caregivers, and educators, we’ve seen that taking a deep dive into children’s books is one of the best ways to teach adults how to apply an anti-bias, anti-racist lens to books and other children’s media,” says Criner Brown.

Designed with parents in mind, Freedom Reads intends to take viewers on an extended journey through some of the best anti-bias and anti-racist books out there. The series appears on Teaching for Change’s YouTube channel and Social Justice Books website

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Tactical Mapping Tool Webinar

When: Thursday, July 30
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm  ET
Where: Live Stream on Zoom
Cost: FREE

New Tactics in Human Rights invites you to register for the Tactical Mapping Tool (TMT) webinar. This time the intro and intermediate webinars have been combined.

The TMT allows activists to work collaboratively on a secure platform to build their map and a database of key actors, assess where those actors sit on a spectrum from ally to opponent, and track and plan direct action. Centered around the idea of mapping the relationships that emanate from a human rights abuse, the Tactical Mapping Tool is intended to assist activists in better understanding and assessing power dynamics and the impact that targeted action would have on individuals and their relationships. The TMT uses New Tactics’ Five Steps to Strategic Effective Method, which helps activists to be more strategic and effective in their advocacy work, as a foundation of the web tool. 

This User Webinar will cover an introduction to New Tactics in Human Rights, our Strategic Effectiveness Method, and the Tactical Mapping Tool. The webinar will also delve into a discussion on the features of the Tactical Mapping Tool and provide guidance on how to use the TMT to get more from your planning and organizing. More details will be provided upon acceptance to the webinar. 

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Human Rights Learning Lab for Young People

When: Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 2020 
Time: 12:00 pm PT, 2:00 pm CT, 3:00 pm ET
Length: 75-90 minutes per session
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

As we shelter in place join Amnesty International for Friday’s in July-August as we explore human rights through interactive learning activities designed for grade levels 3rd-8th.   

Children have often been told that they are the future, that they will solve the world’s problems, innovate solutions, and be “the leaders of tomorrow.” But why does it have to be tomorrow?  

Now, more than ever is the time to speak to young people about universal human rights.  We know children are brave, powerful, and inquisitive.  The human rights learning lab will tailor age-appropriate learning through activities that will focus on: 

  • Introducing basic concepts focused on teaching “what are human rights?”
  • Observing human rights in your community and today’s world
  • Storytelling
  • What you can do!

Participants will receive a “Human Rights Hero Certificate of Recognition” from Amnesty International. For more information please contact

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Reopening America’s Schools & Campuses Safely & Equitably

When: Tuesday, July 28
Time: 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 pm ET
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

How and when our schools and campuses reopen is one the most important decisions our leaders can make right now.  

Unfortunately, some politicians are pushing for them to fully reopen even as COVID-19 infection rates rise in their area and without proper safety plans or supplies in place. At the same time, key to returning safely is at least $175 billion in federal education funding, which is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate.

Join NEA for a special town hall for a conversation about what we can do as educators, parents, and community members to advocate for going back to school safely and equitably.  

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Social and emotional learning: are you using it in your classroom?

When: July 21 & July 30
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Calling all educators! Join the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) program for two workshops later this month that will concentrate on the connection between social and emotional learning (SEL) and human rights education. Check out the details below and register today!

Session 1—Tuesday, July 21 at 4:00pm EDT
In this workshop, educators will:

  • Explore the intersections between SEL and human rights education
  • Learn how to build social-emotional competence that is needed to become a human rights defender

Session 2—Thursday, July 30 at 2:00pm EDT 
In this workshop, educators will:

  • Examine SEL core competencies within human rights and racial equity frameworks
  • Collaborate with other teachers to apply an equity lens to the STTP lesson plans

If you have questions, please contact us at

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Stay-In-Stitute for Climate Change Education

When: July 22-24, 2020
Where: Virtual conference
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
Credits: 20 hours of Continuing education and 2 graduate credits available

Climate change solutions are made in the classroom, at home, and within our communities. Let’s make the most out of our current situation by reimagining what education can be and how we can build opportunities for climate change solutions together! Virtual learning experiences offer a unique opportunity to make connections across our public and at-home learning spaces that don’t exist in the traditional system.

This three-day experience will take you beyond your computer screen, and into your backyard and neighborhood to do authentic scientific and social data collection, move your body, and make observations of the world around you. On-screen time will be segmented into at most two-hours at a time, and small group online experiences will occur daily, as well as optional evening events.

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People’s Historians Online Mini-Classes

When: Fridays throughout May and June
Time: 11 am Pacific, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

Every Friday, as part of their People’s Historians Online Series, the Zinn Education Project presents a 75-minute mini-class featuring phenomenal teachers, authors, and professors from around the United States. 

Participants can look forward to learning through stories about people’s history, meeting other educators, and finding a road map forward in the midst of this pandemic. As one participant said, “Thank you for getting us together and giving me hope that we are not alone and that we can think and act ourselves out of this pandemic.”

The sessions are designed for teachers and other school staff, however, parents, students, and others are welcome to participate. ASL interpretation is provided. Upcoming sessions include: 

  • June 5: Reconstruction and Issues of Citizenship, Suffrage, and Movement Building in the 19th Century: Part 1 – Manisha Sinha in conversation with an educator
  • June 12: Reconstruction and Issues of Citizenship, Suffrage, and Movement Building in the 19th Century: Part 2 – Martha Jones in conversation with Tiffany Mitchell Patterson
  • June 19: Reconstruction and Juneteenth – Greg Carr in conversation with Jessica Rucker
  • June 26: Women in the Black Freedom Struggle – Jeanne Theoharis in conversation with Jesse Hagopian

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HRE USA Reception & O’Brien Awards Gala


When: Friday, November 22
Time:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Roosevelt House, The Four Freedoms Room, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
Cost: FREE

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) cordially invites you to a reception to celebrate the 2019 winners of the Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education: Monica Curca of Activate Labs and the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center (HHREC). HRE USA will also recognize David Shiman with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of dedication, innovation, and mentorship in advancing human rights education. >> Learn more about the 2019 O’Brien award winners

 The program will begin at 6 pm. Please RSVP by November 20th

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This event is co-hosted by the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education and the Roosevelt House Human Rights Education Program at Hunter College

The O’Brien Award was established in 2015 in memory of Edward O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator, to recognize both an individual and an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. 

FREE Webinar on Immigration with Journalist Sonia Nazario

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time:  7:00 pm EST
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

With more than 250 million migrants around the globe, including more than 65 million refugees, migration has sparked intense partisan debate, inspired advocacy, and changed the face of cities, neighborhoods, and schools.

Join Facing History and OurselvesWrite the World, and Share My Lesson for a FREE webinar that will explore powerful human stories behind this global trend in conversation with Sonia Nazario, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother. Years after his mother left him behind in Honduras to seek work in the United States, Enrique embarked on a harrowing odyssey to find her. Join us to discuss the importance of stories in addressing today’s challenges of borders and belonging, and learn about Facing History and Ourselves’ extensive resources for teaching about immigration in social studies and literature classrooms. 

Participants will receive access to Facing History’s study guide for the YA version of Enrique’s Journey, along with current events lessons and other multimedia resources.

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