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Do you need online teaching materials that address the issues that are on students’ minds? Are you looking for relevant materials that address current events in an engaging way, that are accessible to students online, and that have activities aligned to the CCRSAE?

If you are looking for ways to infuse more diverse and inclusive materials into your classroom instruction, The Change Agent can help you meet these classroom needs…and it is FREE to teachers in Massachusetts state-funded programs. For example, racial discrimination in the U.S. is a 400-year-old problem that has recently exploded into public consciousness. All of The Change Agent issues include a racial equity dimension, but the “Talking about Race” issue has especially strong resources for talking about race in the classroom. 

Cynthia Peters, the editor of the magazine, will give a tour of the content and digital components, and Riva Pearson, an ESOL teacher, will share strategies for using this inspiring, relevant resource in the classroom.

Finally, we will offer suggestions for how you and your students can become actively involved in The Change Agent by serving on the editorial board or responding to calls for articles though which students have the potential to become published authors.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult educators who wish to incorporate more inclusive and relevant materials that address current events and are available online

In this interactive webinar, we will share ideas about how to use The Change Agent to help students understand topics like race, racism, and inequality, how to use this understanding to navigate their lives in the United States, and how these conversations can build stronger connections between students.

We will also share new teaching materials related to the coming election, including information about mail-in voting in Massachusetts, plus a quick peek at our state’s recently-certified ballot questions. More generally, we will also look at some key issues that will be decided in the 2020 elections.

Note: Watch for a confirmation email from with information on how to access the webinar.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Access The Change Agent and relevant teaching resources online for free
  • Describe ways to diversify teaching materials to help students prepare for the 2020 election by using The Change Agent in classroom instruction
  • Develop lesson plans using Change Agent articles and online resources
  • Consider ways to become actively involved in The Change Agent
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