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A real-world how-to manual for talking about race in the classroom

Educators and activists frequently call for the need to address the lingering presence of racism in higher education. Yet few books offer specific suggestions and advice on how to introduce race to students who believe we live in a post-racial world where racism is no longer a real issue. In Teaching Race the authors offer practical tools and techniques for teaching and discussing racial issues at predominately White institutions of higher education. As current events highlight the dynamics surrounding race and racism on campus and the world beyond, this book provides teachers with essential training to facilitate productive discussion and raise racial awareness in the classroom. A variety of teaching and learning experts provide insights, tips, and guidance on running classroom discussions on race. They present effective approaches and activities to bring reluctant students into a consideration of race and explore how White teachers can model racial awareness, thereby inviting students into the process of examining their own white identity.

Racism, whether evident in overt displays or subconscious bias, has repercussions that reverberate far beyond the campus grounds. As the cultural climate increasingly calls out for more research, education, and dialogue on race and racism, this book helps teachers spotlight issues related to race in a way that leads to effective classroom and campus conversation. The book provides guidance on how to:

  • Create the conditions that facilitate respectful racial dialogue by building trust and effectively negotiating conflict

  • Uncover each student’s own subconscious bias and the intersectionality that exists even in the most homogenous-appearing classrooms

  • Help students embrace discomfort, and adapt discussion methods to accommodate issues of race and positionality

  • Avoid common traps, mistakes, and misconceptions encountered in anti-racist teaching

Predominantly White institutions face a number of challenges in dealing with race issues, including a lack of precedence, an absence of modeling by campus leaders, and little clear guidance on how teachers can identify and challenge racism on campus. Teaching Race is packed  with activities, suggestions and exercises to provide practical real-world help for teachers trying to introduce race in class

Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher

  • Align your teaching with student outcomes

  • Understand and manage classroom power dynamics

  • See your practice from new perspectives

  • Engage learners via multiple teaching formats

  • Uncover hegemonic assumptions & practices

  • Model critical thinking for your students

  • Negotiate complex rhythms of diverse classrooms

This fully revised second edition features a wealth of new material, including new chapters on critical reflection in the context of social media, teaching race and racism, leadership in a critically reflective key, and team teaching as critical reflection. In addition, all chapters have been thoroughly updated and expanded to align with today's classrooms, whether online or face-to-face, in large lecture formats or small groups. Published 2017.

The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking
by Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill

Do you need a resource that you can pull out of your pocket to liven up meetings, trainings, professional development, and teaching? The fifty easily applied techniques in this timely manual spur creativity, stimulate energy, keep groups focused, and increase participation. Whether you're teaching classes, facilitating employee training, leading organizational or community meetings, furthering staff and professional development, guiding town halls, or working with congregations, The Discussion Book is your go-to guide for improving any group process. Published 2016.

Previous Publications

* Winner of the Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education
# Winner of the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education
+ Winner of the Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education
= Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice