The Supreme Court, Race, and College Admissions
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by Michael Brosnan
4M ago
 Like many of you, I’ve been digging into the details of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College — and reading articles, commentary, and other public responses to it. I also went back and re-read a piece I wrote for Teaching While White at the start of this lawsuit in support of Harvard’s admissions practices aimed at racial diversity. If given the opportunity I might rephrase a few of my comments in that earlier piece. But it essentially sums up how I feel on this matter. All things considered, the U.S ..read more
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White Men Respond
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by The TWW Staff
9M ago
In response to our August blog post by Elizabeth Denevi and Jenna Chandler-Ward, “‘Calling In’ Our White Male Colleagues,” we received a number of letters and essay responses. In the spirit of keeping the dialogue going on the role or white male educators in antibias education, we’re running a series of these responses this week — one each day. Others may follow in time. We’ll start with a letter from Garrett Bucks, the founder of The Barnraisers Project, an organization that helps white people establish grassroots efforts to address racism and white supremacy in their communities. Bucks has ..read more
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“Calling In” Our White Male Colleagues
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by Jenna Chandler-Ward & Elizabeth Denevi
9M ago
A few years ago we, two white women, were leading an hour-long workshop at a conference. About 20 minutes in, we asked participants to turn and talk to a person sitting next to them. Instead of turning to his partner, a white man sitting in the front row walked over to us and said, “Folks are getting pretty restless. You may want to have us take a break.” We just nodded and went back to our planned agenda. But we were frustrated. Not only was this “let me help you understand how to run your workshop” comment annoying and unhelpful, it was also not the first time something like this had happe ..read more
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New Book by the Teaching While White Founders
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by The TWW Staff
9M ago
Learning and Teaching While White: Antiracist Strategies for Schools and Communities By Elizabeth Denevi and Jenna Chandler-Ward   It’s a thrill for us to announced the upcoming publication of Learning and Teaching While White, by Teaching While White founders Jenna Chandler-Ward and Elizabeth Denevi. As the authors make clear in their work, white educators have relied too long on people of color to make the needed changes to our racist school system. Racial equity in schools will not come to fruition until white educators recognize their role in supporting racist policies and practic ..read more
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What’s Love Got to Do with It? Liberating Ourselves from the Ways of White Supremacy 
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by Mollie Crittenden
9M ago
I used to believe that if I cared deeply about racial justice and knew enough about racism, I would be one of the good white people who “got it,” a genuine, white, antiracist ally. This belief drove me to seek as much knowledge as I could about race, racism, and antiracist practices. I majored in Ethnic Studies as an undergraduate and became a classroom teacher with the intention of creating greater racial equity through my role within the educational system. I continued learning through workshops, study groups, conferences, and other professional development opportunities. I taught a curricu ..read more
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Toward an Ethic of Mutuality: The Work of bell hooks
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by Michael Brosnan
9M ago
In working on an essay recently about Wendell Berry and his book-length essay on American racism, The Hidden Wound, I came upon a related collection of essays by bell hooks, belonging: a culture of place. In her book, hooks (who always used the lowercase) references Berry often and with deep respect. Although Berry is a white man and hooks a Black woman and outspoken feminist, they share a number of core views that, for both, rose out of their childhoods in Kentucky and from their decisions as adults to return to live in the state. Their paths in academia, as students and professors, took them ..read more
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We Must Dismantle the “Matrix” from Within: Liberatory Practices in Counseling
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by Eleonora Bartoli
9M ago
If our goal in schools is to help all students thrive and become their best selves, equity and inclusion cannot be an afterthought. There is no way to support student mental and emotional health without challenging the multiple and interconnected ways in which the culture of white supremacy privileges some “selves” above others. For school counselors and school psychologists this work poses a challenge. We live and work within systems designed to socialize youth into specific cultural values and norms that have emerged from our country’s history. These values and norms are never neutral. The ..read more
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Black History Month, 2023
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by The TWW Staff
9M ago
  We are grateful that, back in 1986, an act of Congress dedicated February as the official month for spotlighting Black history and culture. It’s important that all of us have this dedicated time to both engage in public education and celebration of historic and present-day Black contributions to society and culture. It’s important that we have this time for Black Americans to take part in their own community celebrations. It’s important we have this time to center public conversations on the question on what we collectively need to do to create true and lasting racial justice in the Un ..read more
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The Wound Is No Longer Hidden
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by Michael Brosnan
9M ago
In their new book, Learning and Teaching While White, my colleagues Elizabeth Denevi and Jenna Chandler Ward reference Wendell Berry’s The Hidden Wound, a book-length reflection on race in American first published in 1970 — with a couple of updates since. As they note, Berry was one of the first white writers to deeply examine the effects of modern-day racism on white people. At the time of The Hidden Wound’s publication, most whites generally thought of racism and racial inequities as a problem affecting people of color only. Whites working for racial justice saw it mostly as a matter of off ..read more
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Native American Heritage Month Reflections and Resources
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by Elizabeth Denevi
9M ago
Last week, I was working with students from my instructional leadership class and we were talking about the importance of November being Native American Heritage Month. While we agreed that schools should pay attention to Native American history and culture year-round, we felt that the November focus has value. Schools everywhere are still in desperate need of antibias resources, current information, and teachers who can ensure that our Native representations are accurate, address present topics, and explore the diversity of American Indians and nations across our country.  In light ..read more
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