Project Staff

The Zinn Education Project is a collaboration between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change staff.

Bill Bigelow, Zinn Education Project Co-director for Rethinking Schools
Bill Bigelow is curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and author or co-editor of several Rethinking Schools books: A People’s History for the Classroom, The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration, Rethinking Columbus, Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, and Rethinking Our Classrooms–Volumes 1 and 2. Bigelow has taught high school social studies since 1978.

Deborah Menkart, Zinn Education Project Co-director for Teaching for Change
Deborah Menkart is executive director of Teaching for Change. She is co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Multicultural, Anti-Racist Education and Staff Development and Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching A Resource Guide for Classrooms and Communities.

Lauren Cooper, Zinn Education Project Coordinator
Lauren Cooper attended the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands, a program housed in a living/learning environment built on community and consensus, where students are responsible for designing their educational path. She studied film and sociology, with an emphasis on struggle and resistance, and has worked in publishing/media since 1998.

Adam Sanchez, Zinn Education Project Organizer and Curriculum Writer
Adam Sanchez is a social studies teacher and community organizer who is deeply committed to social justice inside and outside the classroom. In addition to his work for the Zinn Education Project, Adam teaches at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City and serves on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools. He is also a contributor to the books Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History.

Project Fellows

L. Nqobile Mthethwa, 2017-2018 Zinn Education Project Research Fellow
Nqobile Mthethwa has experience in archiving and research from her work with the Carter G. Woodson Institute digital exhibition ‘The Movement in the Archive.’ She has a B.A. in Political Science from UVA (2017).

Alison Kysia, 2013-2014 Zinn Education Project Fellow
Alison Kysia has taught history at Northern Virginia Community College for six years. She has been an educator for more than 15 years.

Katy Swalwell, 2013-2014 Zinn Education Project Fellow
Katy Swalwell is an assistant professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Educating Activist Allies: Social Justice Pedagogy with the Suburban and Urban Elite (Routledge, 2013).


News articles, posts, and social media are written and edited by the Zinn Education Project staff excerpt where indicated otherwise. Bill Bigelow is the series editor of “If We Knew Our History.” Read bios of the contributors on the Author Bio page.