DEI Resources for Educators

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  • Podcast
Teaching While White

Apple Podcasts (11 Episodes) 

"Over 80% of teachers in the U.S. are white. But most don’t know that their whiteness matters. TWW seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom. Because 'white' does not mean a blank slate. . . . 

  • Audio Book
  • Book
Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School

by Shamus Rahman Khan

"As one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation, St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, has long been the exclusive domain of America's wealthiest sons. But times have changed. Today, a new elite of boys and girls is being molded at St. Paul's, one that reflects the hope of openness but also the persistence of inequality."

 

  • Book
Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word

by Randall Kennedy

"With a range of reference that extends from the Jim Crow south to Chris Rock routines and the O. J. Simpson trial, Kennedy takes on not just a word, but our laws, attitudes, and culture with bracing courage and intelligence."

  • Audio Book
  • Book
The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

by Anthony Jack

"Getting in is only half the battle. The Privileged Poor reveals how--and why--disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.

If we truly want our top colleges to be engines of opportunity, university policies and campus cultures will have to change. Jack provides concrete advice to help schools reduce these hidden disadvantages--advice we cannot afford to ignore."

  • Podcast
Teaching While White: Schools Succeeding at Failure

"What if schools are doing exactly what they were meant to do? What if they were designed to only educate the elite few? Warning: This episode contains swearing, which, given the topic, feels appropriate."

  • Blog
A Letter to White Teachers of My Black Children

by Afrika Afeni Mills

"The dominant culture in the United States is not only racist, it also tries to suppress conversations on race. 'There are numerous reasons for this, most of them related to the maintenance of the power status quo,' Afrika Afeni Mills writes. 'I’m asking you to help break this damaging practice — especially among adults in your school.'"

  • TED Talk
  • Video
Why Is It So Hard to Talk about the N-Word?

by Dr. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor

"In this TED Talk, Smith College historian Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor leads a thoughtful and history-backed examination of one of the most divisive words in the English language: the N-word."

  • Blog

by Derisa Grant

"Framing discussions as such [difficult conversations] further marginalizes diverse students by labeling them as promoting identity politics when, in fact, all course content reflects identity politicsargues Derisa Grant."

  • Book
Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side

by Eve L. Ewing

"Rooting her exploration in the historic African American neighborhood of Bronzeville, Ewing reveals that this issue is about much more than just schools. Black communities see the closing of their schools--schools that are certainly less than perfect but that are theirs--as one more in a long line of racist policies."

  • Webinar
The Power of Language

by Lauren Lake, Private School Village

"Join PSV Parent Ambassador Lauren Lake as she moderates a virtual discussion about the power of language with Dr. Jamila Lyiscott (Author, Black Appetite. White Food,  Assistant Professor of Social-Justice Education at UMass Amherst and a Senior Research Fellow of Teachers College, Columbia University's Institute for Urban and Minority Education).

  • Webinar
Dealing with the N-Word

by Lauren Lake, Private School Village

"PSV Parent Ambassador Lauren Lake moderates a virtual discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor (Associate Professor of History at Smith College, Smith College Sherrerd Center Teaching Mentor for Equitable and Inclusive Pedagogies, and Author, Colored Travelers: Mobility and The Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War) and Dr. Neal A. Lester (Foundation Professor of English and Founding Director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University). A national voice on issues related to the N word and American race relations, Dr. Lester created and taught the first undergraduate course on the N word in the country."

  • TED Talk
Why English Class is Silencing Students of Color

by Dr. Jamila Lyiscott

"Viral TED speaker, spoken word poet, and social justice education scholar Dr. Jamila Lyiscott makes a powerful argument that, to honor and legitimize all students, we must, likewise, legitimize and honor all of their varied forms of written and spoken discourse, practicing "Liberation Literacies" in the classroom."