Nurturing critical consciousness in schools

In their new book, Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice (Harvard Education Press, 2020), authors Scott Seider, an associate professor in the BC Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and Daren Graves of Simmons University identify and share practices for educators to foster critical consciousness in their Black and Latinx students so they can both resist the negative effects of racial injustice and challenge its root causes. Seider and Graves conducted a four-year longitudinal study—with more than 300 hundred students of color—that examined how five urban high schools foster critical consciousness among their students. Schooling for Critical Consciousness provides an important contribution to the existing scholarship on critical consciousness and culturally responsive teaching and is a tool to help educators strengthen their capacity to support young people in learning to analyze, navigate, and challenge racial injustice. A former public school teacher, Seider also is the author of the award-winning book, Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success.

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