Some of the highlights include:
- Significant anniversaries and birthdays of social justice leaders, relevant events, and national holidays (ex: anniversary of the Trail of Tears; World Day for Water).
- “Essential questions” to spark discussions with your students (ex: How does what you watch on TV shape your understanding of the world? Who has the power to include or exclude groups of people from American life?).
- Featured quotes.
- Lesson plans and resources related to important observances.
- Reproducible “social justice awards” for students.
- Brief tips/anecdotes from from social justice teachers about integrating social justice issues.
Overall, Planning to Change is a useful and powerful tool in bringing social justice issues to mainstream teaching.
The book was designed for classroom teachers, but it could also be useful to educators teaching in other venues, such as after school programs, clubs, homeschooling classes, etc.
Be sure to check out the sample pages.