TWT is committed to ongoing social justice work. Such a critical responsibility extends beyond the school day and beyond the school year. This summer, we will be reading How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Engaging in an ongoing dialogue is a critical component of this process, and we hope you will join us in doing so.
Educators must take an active and constant role in eradicating systems that oppress BIPOC students. Participating in this reading, alone, does not grant us an anti-racist identity. Rather, we hope this book fuels the lifelong process of acknowledging systems that work for and against people based on skin color, of becoming aware of our own implicit biases, and of taking action against all that is unjust.
This collective reading and response will take place across three Zoom meetings:
- Wednesday, June 24th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT: Discuss How To Be An Antiracist, introduction through chapter 9.
- Wednesday, July 22nd from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT: Discuss How To Be An Antiracist, chapters 10 through 18.
- Wednesday, August 12th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT: Discuss next steps we will take personally and professionally.
Each meeting will begin with a full-group welcome. We will spend the majority of the time in breakout rooms, for small-group discussions, using some of the questions that Kendi suggests in his guide. Each session will close with a full-group share. A Padlet will be curated to share resources, such as articles and videos.
Our capacity with Zoom for hosting this book study is 100 participants. While we know plans change, we are asking you to commit to all three sessions if you sign up (below). These sessions come at no charge, though participants will need to access their own copy of How To Be An Antiracist.
UPDATED ON JUNE 2ND, 2020 at 1:15 PM: Thank you for your interest in reading How to Be An Antiracist with us this summer. I look forward to continuing our journey with dedicated educators like you to help address the racial injustices affecting us, our children, and our communities.
There was a tremendous response to studying Kendi’s book together. As stated above, the capacity Zoom allows for hosting is capped at 100 participants. Therefore, it has become necessary for me to (a) close the Google Form and (b) create a waiting list.
It’s my hope there will be more opportunities to study texts and take action together. In the meantime, please check out Kendi’s discussion guide for How to Be An Antiracist should you wish to read and discuss it with your colleagues, friends, or family members.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).