van der Valk

Adrienne van der Valk began her career in social work, advocating for homeless and runaway youth and survivors of sexual violence. Her graduate studies led her to political science and journalism, and she has been using her editorial skills in a variety of social justice settings ever since. She currently serves as deputy director for Teaching Tolerance. Adrienne directs an editorial team of eight people who write, curate, edit and publish all outward-facing communications. Under her leadership, Teaching Tolerance magazine has won dozens of REVERE Awards from the Association of American Publishers, including Best Reporting, Best Overall Editorial, Best Overall Publication and the Golden Lamp, the highest award in educational publishing.
Adrienne has a passion for creative collaboration and mission-driven success. She prides herself on leading happy productive teams, directing award-winning projects, and moving organizations toward their strategic visions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College and master’s degrees in political science and magazine journalism from the University of Oregon.

Articles by Adrienne

Pittsburgh Shooting Reminds Us Why We Must Talk About Hate

A shooting at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, synagogue has left 11 people dead. Although we’ve witnessed hate-fueled moments many times before, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about them when they occur. If we don’t, it means we’ve normalized them.

The World We Wish For

On this difficult anniversary, it’s easy to feel weighed down by the events of the last 12 months. But a new school year offers the opportunity to not only resist but create.

“Families Are Such an Asset”

In this interview, TT Award Winner Liz Kleinrock talks about the steps she takes at the beginning of the school year to connect with her students’ families and how she builds those relationships throughout the year.

Youth—United! Gun Violence Is a Permanent Issue

Meet gun violence activists and high school seniors Jenna Bowker of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mary Cox of Marshall County, Kentucky, and Alex King of Chicago, Illinois.

Be Your Own Historian

Dr. Timothy McCarthy talks through the history of Reconstruction and why it’s more important than ever to get it right.