Promoting Self-Care and Resistance in Education with Rita Kohli | The LP: EP 8

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The term "teachers of color" refers to educators who do not identify as white, encompassing diverse racial and ethnic groups. Despite their unique backgrounds, teachers of color share the experience of underrepresentation. With only 20% of teachers being teachers of color, they face challenges like invisibility and pressure to conform to racist education norms. Join us as we explore Professor Rita Kohli's book, Teachers of Color: Resisting Racism and Reclaiming Education, highlighting their stories, promoting self-care, resistance, and innovative teaching. Discover the collective experiences of teachers of color and their journey towards equitable education.

Key Takeaways

  • Counterstory is valuable: It serves as research, reclamation, and retaliation against biased narratives about educators of color.
  • Diversity alone is not enough: Equitable instruction requires more than just having a diverse teaching staff. Retention and authentic reception are crucial for lasting impact.
  • Consider collective experiences: Reflect on both the classroom and the broader professional and student communities to inform your teaching approach.
  • Racialization, resistance, and re-imagination in the world of teaching and professional development are powerful testimonies of what is, and what could be, should we choose to lean in on the talents and innovation of educators of color. With folks like Rita leading the charge, I look forward to the process.
Teachers of Color: Resisting Racism and Reclaiming Education
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Rita Kohli
Associate Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education at UC Riverside and Author of Teachers of Color: Resisting Racism and Reclaiming Education

About Rita Kohli 

Rita Kohli is an Associate Professor of Teaching and Teacher Education in the Education, Society, and Culture Program of the School of Education, and serves as Cooperating Faculty in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). A former Oakland Unified School District teacher, she is also the co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice (ITOC), and currently serves as the coordinator for UCR Teacher Education Program's K-12 Ethnic Studies Pathway. She is the co-editor of the book, Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Narratives from Teacher Educators, and author of the book published by Harvard Education Press, Teachers of Color: Resisting Racism and Reclaiming Education

About The LP: Literature in Practice

UnboundEd's goal is to instill the GLEAM™ (Grade-Level, Engaging, Affirming, and Meaningful) instructional framework into classrooms across the nation with professional development, curated programs, and now with a brand new podcast series, The LP: Literature in Practice. Host Brandon White interviews the authors of today’s thought-provoking educational literature and connects the text to GLEAM.

About Brandon White

Brandon White is a former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. He has worked for seven years as a servant leader intern and site coordinator for Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Summer Literacy Programs in Rochester. He has also advocated for these practices through his participation in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Teacher Advisory Council and through providing professional development at BMGF-sponsored Elevate and Celebrate Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) Conferences.


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