Antiracist Training for Educators

Some antiracist educator training occurs in specific courses and workshops on “antiracism.” More often, it is embedded in broader “professional development (PD) for diversity,” which prompts inquiry into issues of diversity, culture, and inequality in schools and classrooms. Some PD prepares teachers to teach students to think differently about themselves and society. More often, it focuses on mitigating educators' negative framings of students of color and their communities, and often, on overcoming gaps in experience between students of color and predominantly White, middle-class educators.

Antiracist educator training asks teachers to cultivate a critical analysis about what it means to teach well in a society where groups have long been treated as unequally worthy and unequally complex. Such training asks teachers to question how to serve students—and ...

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