Discussions

Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Twitter Moment

August 2019

The Essential Conversation, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

“We look inside schools – and at the relationships between the schools and their communities – and see, in microcosm, the struggles over how we define and enact equality, justice, oppression, and democracy in our society.”

The Essential Conversation, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Register for our F2F Zoom Debrief on August 28 @ 7:30 PM EST here.

Thanks for joining us in August! In case you missed it, here’s everything.

The Essential Conversation Twitter Moment

The Essential Conversation Discussion Questions

September 2019

Due Process in the Classroom, Joseph Cordova, Esq.

Register for our ONE-TIME Zoom event to learn the history and present of the 5th and 14th Amendment, and how it impacts teachers and students in the classroom. Limited spaces available.

Register here for September 18 @ 7:30 PM EST.

Register here for September 25 @ 7:30 PM EST.

October 2019

Face-to-Face Zoom with Carla Shalaby

Rescheduling Soon!

Last semester we had the opportunity to study Troublemakers. This semester join us as we get to learn from the author, Carla Shalaby. We’re really excited we get to revisit this text!

A More Beautiful and Terrible History, Jeanne Theoharis

“Talking about racism through the history of the civil rights movement provided an easier way to speak about inequality, but then largely rendered the fight against it in the past.”

A More Beautiful and Terrible History, Jeanne Theoharis

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Register for our F2F Debrief on October 30 @ 7:30 PM EST here. We will spend time in grade level groups discussing how we transform our learning into lessons with students.

BONUS Face-to-Face Zoom with Jeanne Theoharis

We are winning with a BONUS Zoom on TUESDAY with Jeanne Theoharis, author of A More Beautiful and Terrible History. Join us to talk about about our learning.

Register here for Zoom discussion on Tues., November 12 @ 7:30 PM EST

November 2019

Face-to-Face Zoom with Matthew R. Kay

This summer, #ClearTheAirRDU led us in the study Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom. They also convinced Matthew R. Kay to join us for a conversation on Zoom.

Register here for Zoom discussion on November 6 @ 7:30 PM EST

2018 – 2019 Archives

Fall 2018

Troublemakers, Carla Shalaby

“If you are preparing young people for freedom, then community is a better place for discipline than solitary confinement. It’s hard to learn freedom from inside a cage.”

Troublemakers, Carla Shalaby

Troublemakers Twitter Moment

Troublemakers Discussion Guide

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

“Interrupting the forces of racism is ongoing, lifelong work because the forces conditioning us into racist frameworks are always at play; our learning will never be finished.”

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility Twitter Moment

White Fragility Discussion Guide

NEW! Beacon Press Discussion Guide for Educators by Val Brown

History Teaches Us To Resist, Mary France Berry

“Justice is never given; it is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races, and the struggle must be continuous, for freedom is never a final act, but a continuing evolving process.”

History Teaches Us To Resist, Mary Frances Berry

History Teaches Us To Resist Twitter Moment

History Teaches Us To Resist Discussion Guide

Addressing Social Justice Educator Burnout

“As social justice activists whose activism includes a variety of issues related to educational justice and rights, we have been concerned within our own activist communities about the lack of attention to self-care, substantial levels of activist burnout, and the lack of conversations about activist burnout and its implications on movements for educational justice.”

Gorski, P. and Chen, C. (2015). “Frayed all over:” The causes and consequences of activist burnout among social justice education activists. Educational Studies, 51(5), 385-405.

Social Justice Educator Burnout Twitter Moment and Discussion Questions

Spring 2019

White Rage, Carol Anderson

“The trigger for white rage, inevitably, is black advancement. It is not the mere presence of black people that is the problem; rather it is blackness with ambition, with drive, with purpose, with aspirations, and with demands for full and equal citizenship. It is blackness that refuses to accept subjugation, to give up.”

White Rage, Carol Anderson

White Rage Twitter Moment

White Rage Discussion Guide

White Rage Face-to-Face Debrief with Carol Anderson

I forgot to hit record at the beginning so you missed gems like ‘ham damn mercy’, but catch us in the middle of a riveting conversation. Dr. Anderson was discussing affirmative action.

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, Teaching Tolerance Podcast

“You don’t know who you are as an American unless you know the story of slavery.”

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, Christy Clark-Pujara

Teaching Hard History Twitter Moment

THH Discussion Guide

Teaching Hard History Face-to-Face Debrief with Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Dare to Lead, Brene Brown

“Courage is contagious. To scale daring leadership and build courage in teams and organizations, we have to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation, and armor is not necessary or rewarded.”

Dare to Lead, Brene Brown

Dare to Lead Twitter Moment

Dare to Lead Discussion Guide

Dare to Lead Face-to-Face Debrief with Brene Brown

Previous Discussions and Readings

When it was just a handful of us, we read the following texts:

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein
  • 13th, Ava Duvernay (Documentary)
  • Racism Without Racists, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • America’s Original Sin, Jim Wallis