Teaching Black Boys: Equitable Classrooms

On November 12, TPS participated in and co-sponsored a half-day training based on the best-selling book The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys. Our very own Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Brian L. Johnson, is a contributing author to the book.

Six TPS faculty participated in the conference. Brian and Kindergarten Associate Teacher Brian Jordan facilitated a workshop entitled “How to be a First Responder to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events and Issues.” The workshop provided educators and administrators tools and strategies to handle diversity-related incidents in school. These best practices were in line with training TPS teachers received earlier this school year in Faculty Ally Groups.

Highlights of the conference included a thought-provoking keynote address from Sharif El-Mekki, principal of Mastery Charter, Shoemaker Campus. His primary message was that teachers need not be allies; they must be anti-racist activists. He went on to outline the behaviors and mindset that can move an educator in that direction. The conference also featured a Q&A panel of six Black high school boys, who conveyed a narrative that was candid, hard-hitting and hopeful.

Over 160 educators attended this day of learning, which was sponsored by TPS, Friends Select School, The Race Institute, and the Friends Council on Education.