• Written with the express purpose of filling the gap that exists between educators’ desire to address injustice and the attitudes and skill sets required to be effective in this arena. . It of helping educators to become effective allies in the struggle for educational equity and social justice. • Takes an assets-based approach by underscoring the assumption that educators are predisposed to becoming powerful allies for social justice by virtue of their dispositions, professional preparation, and role-associated standing • Includes a variety of powerful vignettes that illustrates how school environments address the myriad forms of injustice experienced by those on the margins • Includes thought provoking activities suitable for use in multiple professional learning settings

Silence Is Not an Option

10 silence is not an option

Sadly, examples of patently unfair dominant narratives are all around us. How to react when confronted by one is a matter of choice. For allies, silence is not an option.

I stumbled upon my first opportunity to speak out about racism. I was surfing the website of a very highly regarded educational publishing company when I clicked on a video accompanying a newly published book for teachers that interested me. Then my jaw dropped. As I watched the video, I saw the author, a White woman (and again highly regarded), interacting with two different middle school students, both girls, one clearly a child of color, the other noticeably fair skinned. The difference in the teacher’s ...

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