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Welcome to the grassroots curriculum clearinghouse - an online home for great student-ready materials, relevant resources, timely curricula, and much more! Please take a moment to see what's available to you now. Also, please make note of the ways you can contribute to this clearinghouse. We envision this clearinghouse as becoming an essential home for thousands of local curricular materials, resources, and learning activities to help all students and community members engage in justice-centered learning and action.

What's here now?

What's coming soon?

  • Chicago school and education struggles (7 - 16th grades)
  • Critical thinking graphic organizers page
  • Additional supports and resources for the URUR book set page

What's our pedagogical foundation? (learn more here)

We want more relevant topics, more contextualization and big picture analysis, more action-based projects, and more cultural/ethnic histories instead of Eurocentric materials and boring, dry, and repetitive textbook learning in our classrooms every day!

- collectively stated in a workshop by 30+ CPS students from five different schools at the Grassroots Education Forum, March 8, Northeastern Illinois University

CGCT takes this perspective by students very seriously as it represents the essence of our pedagogical foundations: relevance, critical multiculturalism, participatory action research, and local grassroots curriculum. For a more detailed look at our pedagogical foundations, please review this summary. These foundations were developed through a series of events over many years. It began through trial-and-error teaching in urban classrooms by some of CGCT's co-founders, continued through our studies of critical pedagogy, and took root while engaging our students, families, and communities in numerous dialogues on how students learn best. Our pedagogical foundations will continue to evolve. Just as grassroots curriculum is a living/breathing body of work - so are our theoretical foundations.

What themes has CGCT identified for curriculum development?  

Our series, A Peoples Chicago: Our Stories of Change and Struggle, includes the development of comprehensive curriculum units covering eight (8) major themes for grades 7 through 16, as well as materials for grades 3 through 6, and more.

(7 - 16 gr) Chicago's  land, housing and community (URUR)

(7 - 12 gr) Chicago's criminalization problems and solutions (street law, police, prisons, justice system)

(7 - 12 gr) Chicago's (im)migration histories, realities and struggles

(7 - 12 gr) Chicago's school and education histories, realities and struggles

(7 - 12 gr) Chicago's health, wellness, and health crises

(7 - 12 gr) Chicago's political, electoral, and power struggles

(7 - 12 gr) Chicago's labor, capital, and industrial struggles

(7 - 12 gr) Chicago's community culture and media

(3 - 6 gr) From Africa to Chicago: Stories of Migration, Culture, and Survival 

(3 - 6 gr) Critical Moments in Chicago History (a series of short non-fiction readings with activities)  

For a further look at our themes, as well as  threads running through all curriculum development, learn more here.

What curricular work do we engage?

We offer powerful workshops, trainings, and seminars tailored to each school, grade level, or group (topics include cultural relevance, local participatory action research (PAR) projects, comprehensive unit design, Common Core skill alignment, and student/parent/community learning connections, among others).

We facilitate ongoing curriculum development committees to produce future materials covering our eight (8) major themes. Click here for more information.

We advise and support teachers and youth groups towards furthering relevant, justice-centered curriculum and classroom learning experiences.

We collaborate with universities, including the colleges of education at Northeastern Illinois University, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Univ. of Chicago UTEP, Illinois State Univ., Indiana Univ. UTEP (Gary campus), and DePaul University to support faculty and student-teachers in the development of relevant, justice-centered curriculum projects and methodologies.


To inquire about CGCT's curriculum work or services, please email us at or call 773.275.2428 (CGCT) and leave a message. Thank you!