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Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers 2018-2019

Edited by Gretchen Brion-Meisels, Margaret Kavanagh, Thomas Nikundiwe and Carla Shalaby
Published by the Education for Liberation Network
ISBN: 9780942961003
Price: $18 ($14 pre-order sale before June 15; $13 each for orders of 10 or more)

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Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers 2018-2019 is a plan book for educators who believe their students can, will, and already do change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities.

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The newest edition 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 to share with students
  • Thought-provoking essential questions to spark classroom discussions on critical issues
  • Reproducible social justice awards for students
  • and much more

The 2018-2019 edition is the eleventh in the Planning to Change the World series. Click here to view sample pages from a previous edition. This year's calendar features all new quotes, historical anniversaries and birthdays, as well as a special feature on 15 Everyday Things Educators Can Do to Support Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students.

How is it that Planning to Change the World has new events and birthdays each year? Learn more about the 10 Year Rule

Here's what some leading educators have said about the Planning to Change the World series:

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

This book, with its wisdom, inspiration, and resources, could not have come at a better time! Every teacher – novice, veteran, and in-between – will love Planning to Change the World.  – Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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 of Raza Studies and Education Administration at San Francisco State University and high school teacher

It has never been more important for our classrooms to be in conversation with the world around us. Planning to Change the World is an incredible resource that gives teachers and students a set of tools with which to develop the critical consciousness necessary to interrogate the world as it is, and to imagine the possibilities of a better one. - Clint Smith, writer, scholar, and author of Counting Descent 

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 

Finally, a plan book that is enlightening, provocative and fun. – Lisa Delpit, author of Other People’s Children

This book is one of the gifts I give new teachers. – Linda Christensen, author of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up

A practical resource that can help teachers be more than merely effective practitioners; it can serve as a guide for approaching teaching in a way that is truly transformative– Pedro Noguera, author of City Schools and the American Dream

Useful, hopeful and visionary, Planning to Change the World is just what every radical teacher needs. Wayne Au, Rethinking Schools

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Planning to Change the World was created the Education for Liberation Network with the support of Rethinking Schools. Proceeds from the sale of the plan book support the work of these two organizations. Questions? Learn more here or email Thomas Nikundiwe at

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