"Michael Brown, Philando Castile, and Charleena Lyles were all victims of police violence — but they were also public school students, workers, and parents. If schools are ever to be truly 'safe spaces,' we will need to build our capacity to defend each other. Whether from police, white supremacists, or ICE agents, among other tools of systemic oppression, this will require social justice work inside and outside the classroom.
We need to transform our schools into sites of resistance to a system that devalues Black lives, and we need to rededicate ourselves to building an education system and a society that values and celebrates them."
— Teaching for Black Lives Editors
An editor for Rethinking Schools and member of the organization’s executive board, Watson is the social studies coordinator for the secondary program in teacher education at Lewis & Clark. Watson began her professional career as a GED instructor for young mothers in Portland and then taught social studies at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon. There she developed and taught the first African American history course and helped create and implement a school-within-a-school program for freshmen and sophomores. Watson is also one of the co-editors of the popular book for teachers, Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice.
An editor for Rethinking Schools, Hagopian teaches ethnic studies at Seattle's Garfield High School where he is also co-adviser to the Black Student Union. Hagopian is a founding member of the Social Equity Educators (SEE) and a contributing author to Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History. He is also the editor of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing.
An editor for Rethinking Schools and a former public high school social studies and language arts teacher, Au is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell campus. He is editor of Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice and co-editor of Rethinking Our Classrooms Volume 1 (Revised and Expanded Edition). Au is also the author of many academic articles and books, including Critical Curriculum Studies: Curriculum, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing.
CONTRIBUTORS and CONTRIBUTIONS
NOTE: This list is not yet complete.
Ari Bloomekatz is the Production Editor of Teaching for Black Lives. Bloomekatz is the Managing Editor of Rethinking Schools and was formerly a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. His writing has also appeared in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe.
Nancy Zucker's 30-year career as a freelance designer includes six years as the art director for Rethinking Schools — her all time favorite client. You can see her work at zuckerdesign.com.