Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Endorses Gary Broderick for 7th District School Board

Richmond Teachers for Social Justice (RTSJ) is a group of educators and allies dedicated to creating just, democratic, sustainable, and equitable schools. Our work is focused on elevating voices of teachers whose perspectives have been missing from debates about education and education policy, and confronting inequitable practices in education. Today, RTSJ is excited to endorse…… Continue reading Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Endorses Gary Broderick for 7th District School Board

Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Carver Elementary School and High Stakes Testing

Once again, Richmond Teachers for Social Justice is appalled, embarrassed, and disappointed, but not shocked to see the VDOE’s report of George Washington Carver Elementary School’s SOL testing. We echo School Board members Kenya Gibson and Scott Barlow when they say the students were of no fault; this incident is a product of the accountability…… Continue reading Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Carver Elementary School and High Stakes Testing

Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Justice for Marcus Peters

Statement Richmond Teachers for Social Justice is devastated by the murder of Marcus Peters, a fellow educator, who was killed by a Richmond Police officer while in a state of mental distress. Peters, as a naked man, was clearly unarmed; we call for justice for Marcus Peters, and stand in solidarity with family and community…… Continue reading Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Justice for Marcus Peters

Teaching Hard History

By Jessica Shim “How are you currently teaching the history of American slavery?” read the question on the projector screen. I was privileged enough to be sitting in a Teaching Tolerance workshop called “Teaching Hard History – American Slavery” hosted by Maureen Costello (Director, Teaching Tolerance), Monita Bell (Senior Editor, Teaching Tolerance), James Perla (Carter…… Continue reading Teaching Hard History

March 1 Meeting

RVATSJ will be having a general meeting, including a breakout session on Thursday, March 1st at 6:30pm. We will be discussing our 2018 position statements, work we have been doing for the past few months, and opportunities for involvement. The breakout session will be a space for teachers to get together, share experiences and resources,…… Continue reading March 1 Meeting

Response to Recent Events in Parkland, Florida

Statement Richmond Teachers for Social Justice is deeply concerned and frustrated towards our government’s response to the tragic recent events in Parkland, Florida. We believe schools and classrooms should be spaces where children feel emotionally and physically safe, significant, and cared about. We believe thoughts and prayers are not enough. Therefore, it is the responsibility…… Continue reading Response to Recent Events in Parkland, Florida

Latinx Families Ask RPS School Board to Address Insufficient Services for Spanish Speakers

By Jessica Shim and Hillary Parkhouse Last Monday, February 5, the Richmond School Board meeting included a period for public comment regarding the budget. Several Latinx parents from the New Virginia Majority came out to speak about the lack of bilingual services in Richmond Public Schools. One parent mentioned that it is frustrating when she…… Continue reading Latinx Families Ask RPS School Board to Address Insufficient Services for Spanish Speakers