White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for People to Talk about Racism

Class Details

  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 9/30/2019 - 11/3/2019
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Registration for the optional graduate credits ($55 per credit) is a separate transaction through Adams State. Registration information will be available after you enroll.

  • Currently Enrolled: 3 of 25
  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 9/30/2019 - 11/3/2019
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Registration for the optional graduate credits ($55 per credit) is a separate transaction through Adams State. Registration information will be available after you enroll.

  • Currently Enrolled: 25 of 25

About the Course

White Fragility is a book study that analyzes the system of white supremacy and why it is challenging for white people to discuss racism.  As the United States' student population becomes increasingly diverse, "it is essential educators develop skills to understand and examine bias, racism, and race, especially their own." Robin Diangelo’s book examines how white fragility has developed over time, how it furthers the racial caste system, and how to make repair and move towards systematic change.  This course will be ideal for the educator who wants to learn how to become more anti-racist, to challenge systems of white supremacy, and to consider what this work looks like within education.  Look forward to much reflection and discussion that will likely cause discomfort, growth, and action.

Required Text:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the phenomenon of white fragility and its role in one’s personal life, in the educational environment, and society, both historically and currently.
  • Identify when white fragility is present in a situation.
  • Discuss and develop solutions to address and act on white fragility and racism in one’s personal life, in the educational environment, and society.
  • Grade(s): Pre-K Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Elementary K-5 Secondary 6-12
  • Subject(s): Education Support Professionals Professional Development Specialized Service Providers
  • Teacher Quality Standard(s): QS 1.F QS 2.A QS 2.B QS 2.C QS 2.D QS 4.A QS 4.C QS 5.B

Facilitator

Kathy Zaleski

Kathy currently teaches Social Studies at Northglenn High School in Adams 12.  Along with teaching, she also facilitates multiple courses and trainings around using restorative practices in schools around the country.  Kathy has a BS in Secondary Education - Social Studies from Indiana University and a MA from University of Arizona in Language, Reading, and Culture.  


Facilitator

Kathy Zaleski

Kathy currently teaches Social Studies at Northglenn High School in Adams 12.  Along with teaching, she also facilitates multiple courses and trainings around using restorative practices in schools around the country.  Kathy has a BS in Secondary Education - Social Studies from Indiana University and a MA from University of Arizona in Language, Reading, and Culture.  


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