Not Light, But Fire

How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom

Matthew Kay has spent his career learning how to lead students through the most difficult race conversations. He not only makes the case that high school classrooms are one of the best places to have those conversations, but he also offers a method for getting them right.

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Do you feel prepared to initiate and facilitate meaningful, productive dialogues about race in your classroom? Are you looking for practical strategies to engage with your students?

Inspired by Frederick Douglass's abolitionist call to action, “it is not light that is needed, but fire” Matthew Kay has spent his career learning how to lead students through the most difficult race conversations. Kay not only makes the case that high school classrooms are one of the best places to have th...read more

I found myself thinking, "How different would the field of education be if Matt Kay had advised John Dewey? How different would I be if Matt Kay had been my teacher?" The answer: radically so. He is that important, and his work on race is that essential.

Cornelius Minor
    Matt Kay on "Safe Spaces"

    About the Author(s)

    Matthew R. Kay is a proud product of Philadelphia’s public schools and a founding teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA).

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    Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction—Not Light, But Fire: The Case for Meaningful Conversations

     

    • PART 1: THE ECOSYSTEM
    • Chapter 1—Demystifying the “Safe Space”
    • Chapter 2—Developing Your “Talking Game”
    • Chapter 3—Structuring Your Dialogic Curriculum
    • Chapter 4—Establishing Your Purpose

     

    • PART 2: A STUDY OF CONVERSATIONS
    • Chapter 5—The N-Word: Facing It Head-On
    • Chapter 6—“Say It Right”: Unpacking the Cultural Significance of Names
    • Chapter 7—Playing the Other: Thoughtfully Tackling Cultural Appropriation
    • Chapter 8—Pop-Up Conversations: Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election
    • Epilogue
    • References
    • Index

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    Grade Range: 6-12
    Media: 288 pp/paper
    Published: 07/2018
    Item No: 1098Item No: 1099Item No: 1B98
    ISBN: 978-1-62531-098-9ISBN: 978-1-62531-099-6ISBN: 978-1-62531-B98-9
    Hashtag: #NotLight

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