Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School Book Study
About the Course
Everyday Antiracism is a book study that will identify acts of racism in our schools, expose educators to the ways in which others have handled the experience, and give actionable steps to addressing racism in any classroom or school. This book study is ideal for any educator with any degree of comfort talking with students about racially charged actions.
This book study will provide educators multiple opportunities to identify acts of racism within their classroom or school, reflect on their own practices, and identify strategies to use in future situations. Participants can expect to collaborate, discuss, and create an action plan that considers the philosophies and examples discussed in this book and the course. It’s important to remember that in discussing race that sometimes you may leave a conversation feeling uncomfortable, or like your questions are unanswered. Part of this course is embracing that discomfort and seeking strategies to help you understand it.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain theories and philosophies discussed in the book.
- Reflect on their teaching practices.
- Identify strategies to use to confront racism in their classroom or school and create an action plan that uses examples and theories from the book.
April Leitshuh is a Social Studies teacher and Environmental Club sponsor who works with high school students to help them learn about how to think critically and apply the skills they learn in class to the world around them. April believes that fostering positive relationships with students is the most important thing about education. Once you have build a strong relationship, students and teachers working together can accomplish incredible things.
April started her career in New Orleans, where she and her students made huge gains in increasing their reading abilities. She then did the same in Montbello, Colorado at a DPS middle school. Currently she is working with freshman and seniors and guiding them to identify problems in their school and community with an emphasis on helping them implement strategies to solve the problems. April has trained teachers about incorporating more environmentally sound practices into their classrooms. She has also led professional development on how to make classrooms more inclusive of all students.
April holds a BS in History Education from Illinois State University, and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction in Social Studies from Concordia University-Portland.