Here’s One Way to Talk With Teachers About Race in Schools -BLOG > BETTER CONVERSATION
I’m five hours into facilitating a professional development on race for a group of teachers.
Overall, the morning was positive: everyone has remained engaged in the activities and readings, and it’s clear my co-facilitators and I are pushing teachers outside of their comfort zone. And yet most of the conversation has remained at the surface level, in part because the White teachers in the room are staying particularly quiet.
WHITE TEACHERS OF STUDENTS OF COLOR DON’T OFTEN TALK ABOUT RACE.As a former teacher and a current leadership coach in schools, I’ve noticed that White teachers of students of color don’t often talk about race. Yet in every state in the U.S., White students graduate high school at higher rates than Black students. Schools suspend and expel Black students three times more than White students. By Kindergarten, there are significant readiness gaps between White students and Black and Hispanic students.
There are also plenty of examples of how simply starting intentional conversations about race transforms student outcomes. CLICK TO CONTINUE
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