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 six 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

Educators Resist East Tennessee ICE Raid

Local school, church and nonprofit staff members gathered to protest an immigration raid at a local meat packing plant—and to support the children of detained workers.

The Bravery of Linda Brown

As we remember Linda Brown Thompson, we must also consider the reality of the world she lived in when, at the age of 9, she became the face of school desegregation.

From Birmingham to Parkland: Celebrate the Power of Young Voices

The young activists who emerged from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting offer educators a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the power of youth activism—past and present.

Teaching Hard History

Four innovative educators discuss how they teach about our country's painful past. Plus, get a sneak preview of our new resources for teaching about American slavery.

Mix It Up From the Beginning

Mix It Up at Lunch isn't just a day; it's a state of mind. Back-to-school season is the perfect time to begin preparing your students to Mix It Up and to keep the Mix spirit going all year.