Abolitionist Teaching Network's mission is simple: develop and support educators to fight injustice within their schools and communities. Utilizing the intellectual work and direct action of community organizers, Abolitionist Teachers will organize and take action for educational freedom.
ATN awards grants to teachers who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their schools, communities, or both.
The heart of ATN rests on the network’s School Community Organizers (SCOs).
ATN works with community organizers who are interested in education to become SCOs.
Starting in the summer of 2022, ATN will hold a yearly conference in Atlanta, GA to gather radical minds around the issues that impact schools and communities.
If teachers are not well, how can we expect the students to be well?
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Bettina Love is an educator who teaches, writes, researches, and advocates at the intersection of racism, education, and abolition. She is the author of the book We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.
Brandelyn Tosolt is an educator who amplifies voices from the educational margins. She works with teachers and educational leaders in the greater Cincinnati area to transform schools into places which celebrate Blackness and joy.
Chelsey Culley-Love is a third grade educator in Atlanta, GA. She began teaching Exceptional Student Education in Homestead, FL. Culley-Love is currently working to build an engaging and effective learning community in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward. This work is facilitated by her experience and belief in the power of education to ensure students are having a meaningful, social justice oriented, joy-filled learning experience!
David Stovall, Ph.D. is Professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His work with communities, students, and teachers manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a professor at UIC, he also served as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005-2018.
Cynthia B. Dillard (Nana Mansa II of Mpeasem, Ghana) is an enstooled Queen Mother/Black feminist teacher educator/school builder/researcher/retreat leader whose life and work spans the US and Ghana, West Africa. She is the author of three books about the work of spirituality in teaching and learning for Black life and is currently working on her fourth book, We (Re)member: Black Women Teachers and the Spirit of Our Work.
Farima Pour-Khorshid, Ph.D. is a professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco (USF) in California and holds leadership roles in grassroots collectives such as the Teachers 4 Social Justice, the People’s Education Movement and the national Education for Liberation Network. She has over a decade of experience teaching at the elementary level as well as lecturing, supervising and supporting educators locally, nationally and internationally through her roles as a university professor, teacher supervisor, educational consultant and grassroots community organizer.
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