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Session A: Friday June 28th, 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
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In this session, we will examine race and racism in education in three related contexts. The first presentation will focus on lessons that have helped middle-school students recognize and move beyond racist stereotypes. The second presentation will highlight work that helps students in Master’s programs connect their ideas about race and social justice to their understanding of language and literacy pedagogy. The third presentation will examine the ways in which the structure of higher education itself is racist, seen here in its erasing of people of color and the privileging of whiteness. A key goal of this session is to move beyond isolated critiques of racist educational practices towards a more holistic view of the systemic nature of racism in education. In turn, this will allow for more cross-level alliance building.


Erik Jacobson is a literacy professor with a background in community-based adult education focused on social justice. He is currently active with Make the Road New Jersey, focused on issued related to immigrant justice.

Dianne Ramdeholl is an adult education professor. She's committed to adult education for democratic social change and developing educational projects with marginalized populations that promote equitable socio-economic and socio-political conditions. Her more recent research focuses on...

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Andy Beutel has been teaching middle school social studies for 12 years. His academic work has focused on the curricular and pedagogical challenges and possibilities of critical teaching in an affluent, suburban public school setting.