Edited by Mica Pollock
In this invitation to join everyday antiracism in schools, I edited short essays by leading experts who offered concrete and realistic strategies “in a groundbreaking book that should become required reading for every teacher in the country” (The New Press). Everyday Antiracism focuses attention on specific antiracist work to do in schools and leads readers to the wisdom of many. Use its chapters to spark both reflection and concrete action.
(After teaching EAR in preservice courses for years, I put additional key background information and reflection prompts on race and inequality in Schooltalk. I now use the books in combination in both preservice and inservice.)
Which acts by educators are “racist” and which are “antiracist”? How can an educator constructively discuss complex issues of race with students and colleagues? In Everyday Antiracism, leading educators deal with the most challenging questions about race in school, offering invaluable and effective advice.
Contributors including Beverly Daniel Tatum, Sonia Nieto, and Pedro Noguera describe concrete ways to analyze classroom interactions that may or may not be “racial,” address racial inequality and diversity, and teach to high standards across racial lines. Topics range from using racial incidents as teachable moments and responding to the “n-word” to valuing students’ home worlds, dealing daily with achievement gaps, and helping parents fight ethnic and racial misconceptions about their children. Questions following each essay prompt readers to examine and discuss everyday issues of race and opportunity in their own classrooms and schools.
For educators and parents determined to move beyond frustrations about race, Everyday Antiracism is an essential too. Contributors include: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Prudence Carter, Thea Abu El-Haj, Ron Ferguson, Patricia Gandara, Ian Haney López, Vivian Louie, Maria Ong, Paul Ongtooguk, Christine Sleeter and Angela Valenzuela, plus many more.
Want to join a conversation with Mica Pollock about making change where you work with Everyday Antiracism? Click here.
Supplemental Tools for Using Everyday Antiracism
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Thoughts from middle and high school youth on youth-friendly segments of Everyday Antiracism are forthcoming. Contact email@example.com to share your own take!
Here’s a conversation starter to get folks going beyond reading only, to repairing opportunity systems and the treatment of children in schools: https://bit.ly/WhileYouRead
Here’s a scaffold to help folks apply texts to make change where we work: the Antiracist Equity Action Planner.
Two articles on using Everyday Antiracism in preservice Professional Development
- “But What Can I Do?”: Three Necessary Tensions in Teaching Teachers About Race. Journal of Teacher Education, written with Sherry Deckman, Carla Shalaby, and Meredith Mira
- Caricature and Hyperbole in Preservice Teacher Professional Development for Diversity. Urban Education, written with Sherry Deckman, Candice Bocala, and Shari Dickstein-Staub.
Teachers and parents often want to act on the issue of racism, but don’t know how. This one-of-a-kind volume is the blueprint; no one should teach another day without reading it.—Tim Wise, author of White Like Me
Everyday Antiracism shows how ordinary people can be mindful and purposeful in confronting discrimination and taking concrete steps that, little by little, change the world.—Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University
It’s rare to find a book as theoretically rich and practically useful as this one. Everyday Antiracism helps us see how everything that happens in school has racial implications—and how in big and little ways we can all be agents of equality. What an important and hopeful resource this is.—Bill Bigelow, editor of Rethinking Schools