I’ve created Conversation Starters of my own as talk tools to spark conversation in school communities. These are short, brief reads. See below.
I also collect great conversation starters created by others and share them via my #Schooltalking Facebook group. I compile all prior tools shared on this googledoc.

Want to talk with Mica Pollock about using any Conversation Starter here to make change where you work? Click here. (Coming soon! For now, email micapollock@ucsd.edu)

Responding to Hateful Speech in Schools

An article I wrote featured in ASCD's November 2020 newsletter, Education Update (Volume 62, Number ...
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Anti-racism: Lessons for the classroom and faculty lounge

A podcast done with Ethical Schools where I speak about USvsHate and Schooltalk. Episode description: ...
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Complete List of Everyday Antiracist Strategies

An excerpt from Everday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School. Link here ...
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The Gallop Through History from Chapter 1 of Schooltalk

Schooltalk, 2017. This is a brief, accessible history of race categories and a "digest" of ...
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While You Read, Consider Everyday Antiracism in Schools

I wrote this “conversation starter” in June 2020 to help invite more people into antiracist ...
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The Brief History of Race-Class Inequality from Chapter 2 of Schooltalk

Schooltalk, 2017. This is a short history of race-class inequality that includes personal details from ...
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Introduction to Schooltalk

With The New Press’ permission, much of the intro to Schooltalk was released as a ...
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Flipping Our Scripts about Undocumented Immigration

This is a #Schooltalking Conversation Starter I wrote, building on information about my own family ...
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Some Myths about Race that Every Educator Needs to Unlearn

Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. I wrote “Some Myths about Race that Every Educator Needs to Unlearn” as ...
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From Shallow to Deep: Toward a Thorough Cultural Analysis of School Achievement Patterns.

Anthropology & Education Quarterly, This is a short conversation starter for talking about culture, I ...
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You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities.

Urban Education, August 4, 2016. This piece is a conversation starter about race and discipline ...
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How Educators Can Eradicate Disparities in School Discipline. Discipline Disparities Series: Interventions

The Equity Project at Indiana University, March 2014. This short piece walks through potential remedies ...
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Race and Overreaction: On the Streets and in Schools.

The Atlantic, February 2, 2015. This short, pointed conversation starter I wrote with Tanya Coke ...
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Fear and Rewriting Trayvon: Educator Thoughts.

Teaching Tolerance, August 1, 2013. This conversation starter I wrote after Trayvon Martin’s murder also ...
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“But What Can I Do?”: Three Necessary Tensions in Teaching Teachers About Race.

Journal of Teacher Education, May 2010. This article explores PD uses of Everyday Antiracism. In ...
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Caricature and Hyperbole in Preservice Teacher Professional Development for Diversity.

Urban Education, May 2015. This article explores PD uses of Everyday Antiracism. We share more ...
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Smart Tech Use for Equity.

Teaching Tolerance, Spring 2016. The Smart Tech Use for Equity framework, which I designed with ...
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Pursuing Deep Equity in “Blended” Classrooms

Teachers College Record, 2019. This article written with colleagues at CREATE explored the role of ...
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Texting as a Channel for Personalized Youth Support: Participatory Design Research by City Youth and Teachers.

Learning Media and Technology, June 2013. This article shares findings on a study with Uche ...
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“Responding to Hateful Speech in Schools.”

Educational Leadership ASCD blog, February 25, 2019. After the 2016 election, schools across the country ...
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Standing Up Against Hate.

Teaching Tolerance, 2017. This piece makes the case that standing up against hate and for ...
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Overcoming Hate in Our Backyards. Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools, November 29, 2017. This conversation starter, focused on my own community of San ...
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“The Perils of Warning Teachers about ‘Political’ and ‘Partisan’ Speech.”

In Meira Levinson and Jacob Fay, ed., Ethical Dilemmas of Democratic Education: Cases and Commentaries ...
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“We’re All More Connected to Immigrants – and Immigration Policy – Than We Think.”

Des Moines Register, July 20, 2019 This piece explores and rejects anti-immigrant sentiment that pervades ...
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“Commentary: For Young San Diegans, Choosing Freedom Over Fear is Not About Republican or Democrat Politics.”

San Diego Union Tribune, May 9, 2019. This conversation starter shares the #USvsHate project in ...
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The frightening effect of ‘Trump Talk’ on America’s schools.

The Washington Post, November 6, 2016. This conversation starter comments on how to handle the ...
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The Election, One Year Later: Stories from Anthropologists of Education.

Teaching Tolerance, January 18, 2018 A conversation-starter series I designed and edited, by anthropologists who ...
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Three challenges for teachers in the era of Trump.

The Washington Post, December 9, 2016. A conversation starter about educators’ key role in standing ...
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Professor writes to Boy Scouts: How to think critically about Trump’s speech to your jamboree.

The Washington Post, July 28, 2017. A conversation starter encouraging young people to critically analyze ...
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Leveraging a University to Create Local Opportunities to Learn

These conversation starters on the CREATE STEM Success Initiative at UC San Diego share our ...
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Students, Families and Educators Should Lead the Way on the Gun Crisis.

Teaching Tolerance, February 26, 2018. A conversation starter I wrote with my daughter, on gun ...
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