Teaching While White Podcast

By Teaching While White

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Over 80% of teachers in the U.S. are white. But most don’t know that their whiteness matters. TWW seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom. Because "white" does not mean a blank slate. It is a set of assumptions that is the baseline from which everything is judged; it is what passes for normal. This means if you are not white or don’t adhere to those assumptions, you are abnormal or less than. TWW wants to have conversations about those assumptions: what they are, how they impact our students, and how we can confront our assumptions to promote racial literacy.

Episode Date
Schools Succeeding at Failure- with Tim Wise

The episode contains some swearing, which given the topic seems appropriate.

May 31, 2020
Recovering the Voice of Native Americans in the Classroom
In this episode, we speak with Claudia Fox Tree, a Native American teacher, about the ways we teach about Indigenous Peoples in school- or don't.
Nov 22, 2019
Challenging the Canon, Part 2
In this episode, we learn about Project Lit, which was started by teacher Jarred Amato and his students at Maplewood High School. We hear from Jarred and his former student/Co-founder, Jakaylia about the need to rethink how we create readers and writers. Jarred has since switched schools and Jakaylia is now a Freshman in College, but Project Lit is still going strong.
Oct 18, 2019
Challenging the Canon, Part 1

Who decides what books are worthy of study and which voices are included in the literary canon? Interviews with Tricia Ebarvia and Jack Hill.

Feb 20, 2019
White Fragility Part 2

We speak with white teachers, teachers of color, white students, and each other to uncover the cause and impact of white fragility.

Oct 09, 2018
White Fragility- Part One
Aug 18, 2018
The Myth of the Model Minority
Jan 25, 2018
Whiteness Visible Part 2

Our season launch continues with an interview with podcast host, John Biewen- of the series, Seeing White, on the Scene on Radio podcast. Biewen reflects on the evolution of his podcast, exposing historical myths, and making whiteness visible.

Oct 10, 2017
Whiteness Visible (Part 1)

In this episode, we hear from Peggy McIntosh, author of, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, and also Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White. Both guests reflect on why they feel it is important to make whiteness visible. 

Sep 29, 2017
Episode 2- The Cost of Racial Isolation in Schools

What are the costs of segregation and what role can white teachers play in solving the problems that come with racial isolation in schools? We interview Ralph Wales, Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., and Alethea White.

Jun 01, 2017
Episode #1: To Teach or To Kill a Mockingbird
Apr 19, 2017