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Friday, January 20 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
White Man Teaching: Confronting Race in a Segregated School System

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This workshop is about how, as a white male educator who was raised in a middle class family, I approach teaching classes that are made up almost entirely of low income students from African American and Latino backgrounds in NYC. Do I have a place -- or even a right to be -- in the classroom in a community of color? What must I do in order to be an effective ally to my students? How do I de-colonize my classroom practice? How can educators contribute to combating inequality and injustice in meaningful and authentic ways? This is a workshop about the process of opening one's eyes to the realities of race, and about looking beyond that construct toward social justice.


Joel Lederer

Joel Lederer teaches at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy/ NYC Public Schools. He has taught in Title I NYC Public high schools for 14 years, and has been societally designated as a white male all of his life.

Friday January 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 205