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WEEK 2: EDUCATION

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: TEACHER IMPACT


Yesterday we challenged ourselves to look deeper into the ways in which school disciplinary policies disproportionately affect children of color and Black girls. Today, let’s take a look at the early impact teachers have on student’s educational outcomes and their likelihood to attend college. Unconscious biases within white teachers who favor a “colorblind” approach may cause unintentional harm to the very students they vow to uplift, while the early acknowledgment of differences can prepare students for a diverse world. Positive outcomes sparked by same-race role models can potentially shrink the education achievement gap and usher more Black & brown students into colleges and universities.  
 
WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...
Watch this quick video that illustrates how some California preschools are getting children to participate in conversations about racial differences at an early age.
WATCH
We all have and bring our inherent biases with us, and they influence all that we do, including our work.  K-6 classrooms around the country are often led by a primarily white, female teacher population. How do the inherent biases of white female teachers play out in the classroom? Read this interview with author Dr. Robin DiAngelo  on white fragility in teaching and education.
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Black students who'd had just one Black teacher by third grade were 13% more likely to enroll in college. Check-out this quick article on how the role-model effect can potentially shrink the educational achievement gap.
READ
EDUCATION WEEK ACTION ALERT

LEVEL 1: Read this brief intro on school segregation and bring together a small group of colleagues, family or friends to participate in one of 6 interactive activities. 

LEVEL 2:  Before reading Tuesday's material, create a quick list of your top 5 favorite books that you read in high school. Keep these in the back of your mind as you move through each day's content. After reading the content, take a look at the authors of the books on your list and answer the following questions. Is there any racial/ethnic diversity? How did the canon affect your viewpoint as a young pupil? Now create a list of 5 books you would add to the high school canon that you feel all students should read.

LEVEL 3: Write a letter to your local school board about your questions and concerns.
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