We need to name whiteness in order to move toward antiracism.
For too long, white educators have relied on people of color to make change to a relentlessly racist school system. Racial equity will not come until white educators recognize their role in supporting racist policies and practices, and take responsibility for dismantling them.
Learning and Teaching While White is an accessible guide to help white educators, leaders, students, and parents develop an explicit, skills-based antiracist practice. Through their own experiences working with school communities, and the strategies and tools they have developed, Jenna Chandler-Ward and Elizabeth Denevi share how white educators can gain greater consciousness of their own white racial identity, analyze the role of whiteness in their school systems, rethink pedagogical approaches and curricular topics, address the role of white parents in the pursuit of racial literacy and equity, and much more. Their book will empower white educators to be part of creating a more equitable educational system for all students.
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“Yes! A nuanced and accessible resource for white teachers who have consistently asked, ‘What do I do?’ This excellent book answers that question, from two highly experienced white teachers who have been engaged in the work of anti-racist practice for decades. This is an essential guidebook that needs to be on every white teacher’s shelf.”
Robin DiAngelo, #1 New York Times bestselling author