The New Jim Crow Book Study
About the Course
The New Jim Crow course is a book study that dives into the mass incarceration of predominantly African American men, along with other minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged groups in the United States. This book study will encourage much discussion, reflection, and sometimes uncomfortable conversations among the participants in the course to further understand the content. This book study will encourage much discussion, reflection, and sometimes uncomfortable conversations among the participants in the course to further understand the content. This book study is ideal for educators who are wanting to have a better understanding of the American incarceration system, the institutional racism many students carry with them to school, and to investigate solutions to alleviating mass incarceration.
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press, 2010.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Explain how the American incarceration system creates and maintains social hierarchy through mass incarceration.
- Discuss solutions to alleviate and end the practice of racial hierarchy in the incarceration system.
- Incorporate discussion and reading strategies into work environment.
Kathy is a Social Studies teacher at Northglenn High School who works with high school students on learning how to critically read the world around them. Kathy began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia, teaching at a K-8 in the mountain town of Krusevo. She strongly believes in teaching in a way that is culturally responsive and incorporates the philosophy of restorative justice into her work. Along with teaching, Kathy facilitates trainings on how to use restorative practices in schools around the state and country. Kathy was a CEA Fellow in the 2017 school year, focusing on how to bring restorative practices to pre-service teachers. She is also an associate representative for her building and continues to find ways to get involved with her local association and CEA. Kathy holds a BS from Indiana University in Secondary Education Social Studies and a MA from University of Arizona in Language, Reading, and Culture.