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Author/educator to discuss racism in the classroom in March 13 Town Hall talk

Bree Picower will share strategy for building racial justice into the teacher-education process.

Racism in schools: An author and educator will share her philosophy on reshaping the teaching of race in a virtual event through Town Hall Seattle on Sunday, March 13.

Bree Picower’s latest book is, “Reading, Writing, and Racism: Disrupting Whiteness in Teacher Education and in the Classroom.”

Picower argues that, to eradicate racism from schools and curriculum, the U.S. needs to start further back: with teacher-education programs.

Picower argues that “whiteness” is embedded in education and that teachers’ ideology of race, consciously or unconsciously, shapes how they teach about it. To change that will require reframing educators’ understanding of race.

Picower draws on her experience teaching and training teachers and also her study of racist curricula in U.S. classrooms.


Her focus is showing how racial justice can be built into the teacher-education process.

Picower is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University. More on her work here.

Her other works include: “Practice What You Teach: Social Justice Education in the Classroom and the Streets” and coedited “Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice” and “What’s Race Got to Do with It? How Current School Reform Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality.”

This is a virtual-only event, to be streamed at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13. The presentation will be followed by time for a Q&A.

It is part of Town Hall’s civics series.


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.