Teaching for Racial Equity

Becoming Interrupters

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Filled with inspiring and sometimes difficult conversations, Teaching for Racial Equity captures the real work teachers and administrators are doing in schools today. By bringing essential perspectives and valuable strategies to the classroom, teachers lead students in learning how to listen and learn about one another’s identities and thoughtfully critique the racial inequities all around us.

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All of us in education can find opportunities to interrupt the status quo that allows inequities to go unchallenged. In Teaching for Racial Equity: Becoming Interrupters, authors Tonya Perry, Steven Zemelman, and Katy Smith show us the way. Using Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz’s Racial Literacy Development framework, the authors demonstrate how critical love, humility, and reflection enable educators to understand their own perspectives, identify racial issues, and promote equity for their students.

Filled with inspiring and sometimes difficult conversations, the book captures the real work teachers and administrators are doing in schools today. By bringing essential perspectives and valuable strategies to the classroom, teachers lead students in learning how to listen and learn about one another’s identities and thoughtfully critique the racial inequities all around us.

Inside you will find:

  • challenges teachers face in bringing fellow educators together to discuss race,
  • strategies for teachers to understand their own and each other’s backgrounds through a racial lens,
  • ways to learn about students’ varying needs through careful observation,
  • examples of guiding students’ critical inquiry on racist conditions in their community and nationally, and
  • useful tools that document systemic inequities, and lists of resources for teaching about and interrupting racism in education.

We cannot sit back and allow ourselves to perpetuate inequity. We must all become interrupters.

    About the Author(s)

    Tonya B. Perry is a Professor of Secondary English Education and serves as the Executive Director for GEAR UP Alabama and the Red Mountain Writing Project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In her roles, she works for equity, focusing on civically and justice-engaged teaching, service, and scholarship.

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    Steven Zemelman is a visiting scholar at Northeastern Illinois University and a founding director of the Illinois Writing Project. He promotes student civic engagement and restorative justice in Chicago schools. His books on teaching writing and reading have long been widely appreciated, including his most recent, From Inquiry to Action: Civic Engagement with Project-Based Learning.

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    Katy Smith is a Professor of Secondary Education and a Department Chair at Northeastern Illinois University, where she and Steve Zemelman direct the Illinois Writing Project. She has dedicated her career to developing and enacting equitable classroom practices, first as a teacher of high school students and now as a teacher educator.

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    Table of Contents

    Foreword by Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

    Why We Are Writing This Book

    Introduction

    Time Out to Talk: Tonya Asks Steve a Hard Question

    Chapter 1: Racial Literacy: A Guiding Concept

    Time Out to Talk: Adding Katy to the Team

    Chapter 2: Starting with Ourselves

    Time Out to Talk: Discussing Challenges in Writing a Book Together

    Chapter 3: Helping Students Teach Us About Who They Are

    Time Out to Talk: Tonya and Katy Discuss Listening to Students

    Chapter 4: Building Critically for Students—and Teachers

    Time Out to Talk: Steve’s Frustrations

    Chapter 5: Promoting Student Voice and Independence

    Time Out to Talk: Continuing to Learn

    Chapter 6: Creating Interrupters

    Epilogue

    Appendix 1: Equity Warriors Past and Present

    Appendix 2: The Prevalence of Racism in American Education

    Appendix 3: Online Resources

    Appendix 4: Important Books on Antiracism and Equity

    References

    Index

    Product Details

    Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Media: 272 pp/paper
    Published: 03/2022
    Item No: 1518
    ISBN: 978-1-62531-518-2
    Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
    Hashtag: #BecomingInterrupters

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