Thursday, May 13, 2010

Planning to Change the World

Hello Teacher Activists,

The 2010-2011 edition of Planning to Change the World, the social justice lesson plan book, is ready for ordering! For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Planning to Change the World is an exciting resource published by the New York Collective of Radical Educators and the Education for Liberation Network in partnership with Rethinking Schools. It helps teachers to integrate social justice teaching into their classrooms. The plan book highlights anniversaries and birthdays from the history of struggle for justice and then offers suggestions for resources to teach about those dates. And so much more! Please visit to learn more and to order it for a discount price.

It would be a huge help to us if you could forward this email as far and wide as possible. It's not only a unique and great resource, all proceeds support the work of the Education for Liberation Network and NYCoRE.

Thank you very much for your help.

Bree and Tara


May, 2010

Are you Planning to Change the World?

cover 2010-2011 Greetings Educator,

We are pleased to announce the
publication of the 2010-2011
edition of Planning to Change the
World: A Plan Book for Social
Justice Teachers
. This unique
resource is packed with all new
social justice anniversaries and
birthdays as well as lots of new
resources, quotes and essential
questions for students. This year
we have an exciting new
partnership with Rethinking Schools, which is supporting publication of the book. Pre-order your copy from Rethinking Schools for a discount price today!

Teachers talk about why they love Planning to Change the World!

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Click to see teachers explain what they love about the plan book and how they use it in the classroom.

So what exactly is a social justice lesson plan book?

Planning to Change the World is a plan book for educators who believe their students can and will change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities. It has all the things you would expect in a lesson plan book plus:

  • Weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events
  • References to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates
  • Tips from social justice teachers across the country
  • Inspirational quotes and thought-provoking essential questions to share with students
  • and much more!

What leading educators have said about Planning to Change the World

An imaginative and innovative idea in the field of education...I hope it will be widely adopted.
Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

After 18 years in the classroom I have found a planning book that treats teaching as an art form. On virtually every page of this book, I find myself challenged and inspired to think more deeply about the importance of what I do every day in the classroom.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University and high school teacher

Are you planning to change the world Before you change it, take a look at Planning to Change the World. It might be just the help you were looking for.
Bob Moses, founder of the Algebra Project

Read more praise from educators such as Lisa Delpit, Pedro Noguera and Linda Christensen as well as classroom teachers.

The 10-Year Rule (or why is it that the dates are different each year)

Planning to Change the World 2010-2011 is the third edition in the series, and each one has featured a unique collection of events and birthdays. When we created the first edition for the 2008-2009 school year, we realized there are so many events and people that could be featured in a planner like this, we had to find a way to narrow the possibilities. So we established the 10 year rule, which generally means that (with a few exceptions) anniversaries/birthdays must fall on a 10 year mark during a given school year to be included (i.e. the 20th anniversary/birthday, the 20th, 40th, 80th, 120th etc.). The result is the events and birthdays are different each year.

Take a sneak peak at some of the dates from the 2010-2011 plan book.

Order your copy today!

Order by June 30 for the discounted price of $14 ($13 for bulk orders), plus shipping and handling (Retail bookstore price $18). Your order will be shipped to you in mid-July.


What is Planning to Change the World?

What are leading educators saying about the plan book?

How is it that each calendar has different events and birthdays?

Special Offer

Pre-order your copy through Rethinking Schools by June 30, 2010 for the discounted price of $14 ($13 for bulk orders), plus shipping and handling (Retail bookstore price $18). Your order will be shipped to you in mid-July.

Sample Pages

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Click to see sample pages from the 2009-2010 plan book.

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