Social Justice


Course No. ED472b, ED572b


Systemic racism and racial bias are issues that negatively impact the social, emotional and academic lives of non-white students, teachers and staff in our schools. The multiple impacts of these issues are both immediate and long lasting. In this course, participants will explore the construct of race, racial identity and racial privilege. We will identify strategies that work to disrupt patterns of racism in educational institutions. Awareness, knowledge, and understanding of systemic inequity; of one’s own racial and cultural identity; and of the racial and cultural identity of students are cornerstones for teaching that more effectively meet the need of all students, and in particular, non-white students and historically marginalized students. In this course, participants will confront stereotypical thinking and misconceptions of race and ethnicity in the United States to reveal the underlying social, economic, and political conditions that disproportionately affect people of color and work to the advantage of white people. We will reflect on how racial/ethnic consciousness and experience shape one’s conception of self and how it affects educators’ perceptions, teaching practices, as well as student identity and achievement.

This course is appropriate for K-12 teachers.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • Develop a working knowledge about major trends and issues related to equity and excellence in teaching for social justice.
  • Be able to apply principles of social justice teaching to their own classrooms and schools.
  • Critically examine their own social and racial belief systems.
  • Identify and explain race, ethnicity, racial privilege, and how it is structured in the U.S.
  • Differentiate between individual and institutionalized/systemic racism and discrimination
  • Analyze how racial/ethnic consciousness and experience shape one’s conception of self and instructional practices
  • Articulate the meaning of educational equity and anti-racism, and identify ways of bringing it to our schools and classrooms.

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