By Mica Pollock
I started schoolracetalk.org as a virtual place where I can periodically post, test, and collect ideas that can help people discuss and address issues of race and racial inequality in schools.
I also want to continue conversations I’ve started with my three books on race talk in schools: Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School (2004) (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/7773.html), Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools (2008) (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8822.html) and the edited Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School (2008). (http://www.thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&task=view_title&me...)
Colormute is about the school I used to teach in. It shows educators and students struggling to talk about issues of race. Because of Race discusses work I did in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. It shows how teachers, administrators, parents, and federal employees today debate the experiences and treatment of students of color in schools. And for Everyday Antiracism, I asked 70 authors to support educators to talk and think more clearly about addressing race issues in their own schools and classrooms. All of these books were designed to help educators and others consider how to support students more successfully.
So, I’ve started a lot of conversations about race in schools, and I'm committed to improving the conversation further. Join me.
Most recently, I've been working with people of all ages to see how free and low-cost technologies and other "communication infrastructure" might support everyday collaboration between the people who share students, schools, a district and a diverse community. Schoolequitytalk! See that most recent work at http://wiki.oneville.org.
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