This book empowers teachers to support student activists. The authors examine arguments for promoting student activism, explore state and national curriculum standards, suggest activist projects, and report examples of student individual and group activism. By offering suggestions for engaging students as activists across the K-12 curriculum and by including the stories of student activists who became lifetime activists, the book demonstrates how activism can serve to bolster democracy and be a component of rich, experiential learning. Including interviews with student and teacher activists, this volume highlights issues such as racial and immigrant justice, anti-gun violence, and climate change.

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Student Activism and Civics Education

chapter 2|12 pages

A Wave of Student Activism

chapter 3|8 pages

Pablo’s Story

How I Became a Teacher and an Activist

chapter 4|7 pages

Alan’s Story

How I Became a Teacher and an Activist

chapter 5|9 pages

What do State and National Standards Say?

chapter 6|11 pages

Pablo’s Pedagogy

chapter 7|13 pages

Rights and Responsibilities as Teachers

chapter 10|20 pages

Forum Club

chapter 11|4 pages

New York and Slavery Walking Tour

chapter 12|3 pages

Uniondale Students Protest Gun Violence

chapter 13|5 pages

Hempstead Freedom Walkers

chapter 14|9 pages

Save our Schools

chapter 15|8 pages

Occupy Wall Street

chapter 16|7 pages

Metal Detectors in Schools

chapter 17|4 pages

Citizenship for the 21st Century