Community Empowered Schools: Envisioning Schools
Langston Hughes Story
The video is about the fight to keep Langston Hughes Elementary School in Baltimore open. The video was filmed and produced as a collaborative effort between teachers and staff in the Teachers’ Democracy Project and folks at New Lens. There are also blogs and other media pieces related to the fight on our website under “Media” and “Blogs”.
Charters: The Illusion of Change
This video helps explain what is typically different about charter schools and traditional schools both on a national level and to some extent locally. It explores issues of school autonomy, community control, accountability, choice, funding formulas, and equity issues. The goal of the film is to help teachers, communities and education advocates understand the issues at stake as we face new legislation in Maryland–legislation that could change the landscape for charter schools and create a favorable environment for corporate charter chains to come to our state. The video is not intended as a critique of small, mom and pop charters in Baltimore—many of which were started by teachers and local education activists. Rather it makes the case that we should be protecting teachers’ union rights, making sure that all schools have equitable funding, and working for curricular autonomy for all schools.
Lessons from Chicago and New York
The following videos are conversations we had with teachers and community members in Chicago about community and schools.
Other Advocacy Videos
The following videos are by teachers exploring the teacher evaluation system in Baltimore City.
The Future of Charters in MD Event
Teachers' Democracy Project has invited teachers, youth, and other community stakeholders to tell their stories at our events and at community story circles. The following stories are from our Human Face of Policy event and story circles that took place in Park Heights at at our home base. We hope these stories help share the struggles and strengths of schools and build a more democratic critique and vision for the school system moving forward. We are using these stories as a first step in a deeper inquiry into how to create more community and teacher controlled schools.
Teacher Videos On Social Justice Pedagogy
This video was created by Kristina Berdan of Youth Dreamers. It is about how to engage young people in collecting real world data and having a voice in issues that impact their lives.
This video about meditation as a classroom tool was created by Meg Viar. She is an Elementary School Teacher at John Eager Howard School.
TDP conducted story circles in a variety of communities.