A new book helps us look not only at what we teach, but how we teach it

Sometimes, you come across a book that’s so powerful you have to read it, sit with it, and feel it.

That’s my advice for taking in Teaching for Black Lives, a compilation of 50 provocative essays, co-edited by NEA member Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle, editor of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, and an editor for “Rethinking Schools” magazine.  (Jesse also blogs at

This book is for all the educators who want to look at what they are teaching—and how they are teaching it—to help students figure out this era of upheaval.