Workshops with Ali Michael

Please join us for a two-part workshop with Dr. Ali Michael on building a healthy multiracial community.

Part 1: What White Children Need to Know About Race
Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Garage

RSVP Now. Childcare is available (with pizza) for TPS enrolled students whose names are included with your RSVP.

As the school and community at TPS continue to strengthen our cultural competence regarding race and ethnicity, Ali Michael will help us think about how we talk with our children about race in a way that informs, empowers, and provides tools to navigate what might now feel like uncomfortable conversations. For this session, we will focus on what white children need to learn about race based on Ali's 2014 article in Independent Schools magazine. The presenter will share many stories from her own life as a child and as a parent. Please click the link for the article:

Part 2: Understanding Racial Identity Development
Monday, April 24, 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. in the Garage


As we at TPS work to prepare children to be racially competent members of multiracial communities, it’s clear that none of us can afford to be colorblind. But what do children need to know about race?  In this workshop, Ali Michael will share frameworks of racial identity development for both children of color and white children. The workshop will focus on how to support all children to develop positive racial identities in which they can be pro-active, contributing, anti-racist members of a multiracial community. 


Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the Director of K-12 Consulting and Professional Development at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators. She is the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), a book designed to support teachers in the long-term and personal process of understanding the role that race plays in their lives and in their classrooms. She is also co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and the forthcoming book, The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys. She sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. She and her partner, Michael, live in Philadelphia and consider questions of race and education on a daily basis in the raising of their two children. For more information on Ali, see