Curriculum camp

By Learning Forward
October 2018
Vol. 39 No. 5
It’s another summer day at an Oregon Writing Project Curriculum Camp. Three teachers spread photos and historical documents across tables as they organize their curriculum guide, Queer Portland: Unerasing History & Reclaiming Space, which offers lessons on hidden stories of queer activism, history, and social justice. Across the hall, science, social studies, language arts, and art teachers from different high schools work together on a curriculum about who gets access to health care in our country — and why. Down the hall, several middle school teachers piece together a curriculum on Black Lives Matter, and a group of chemistry teachers works on activities leading up to a schoolwide climate justice fair. Other teams collaborate on the impact of U.S. imperialism on Pacific Islands and the

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Bill Bigelow and Linda Christensen

Bill Bigelow ( is curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and co-director of the Zinn Education Project. Linda Christensen ( is director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and an editor of Rethinking Schools magazine.

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