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–Thursday, October 5 – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. —
Community Book Reading and Discussion – ‘Those Kids, Our Schools’
Albion District Library, 501 S. Superior Street, Naomi Lane Room
Albion, MI 49224
The Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project (AMRCP) invites you to join the Community Book Reading and discussion of ‘Those Kids, Our Schools’ by Shayla Reese Griffin, PhD.
A free copy of the book is available with participation. Please register at amrcp.org/registration to ensure we have enough copies of the book.
This series of discussions began on Thursday, September 21 and will continue every other Thursday from 6 -7:30 p.m. in the Naomi Lane Room at the Albion District Library (501 S. Superior St, Albion, MI 49224).
The book will be discussed during each meeting as follows:
Sept. 21: Introduction – page 21
Oct. 5: Part I – Students – Pages 25 – 95
Oct. 19: Part II – Teachers – Pages 99 – 156
Nov. 2: Part III – Administrators – Pages 159 – 197
Nov. 16: Part IV – Intervention – Pages 201 – 240
A brief description of the book from http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/those-kids,-our-schools
In ‘Those Kids, Our Schools,’ Shayla Reese Griffin examines patterns of racial interaction in a large, integrated high school and makes a powerful case for the frank conversations that educators could and should be having about race in schools.
Over three years, Griffin observed students, teachers, and administrators in a “post-racial” exurban high school in the Midwest. In its hallways, classrooms, lunchrooms, and staff meetings, she uncovered the disturbing ways in which racial tensions and prejudices persist and are reinforced. Students engaged in patterns of behavior that underscored racial hierarchies. Teachers—no matter how intellectually committed to equity and diversity—often lacked the skills, resources, or authority to address racial issues, while administrators failed to acknowledge racial tensions or recognize how school practices and policies perpetuated racial inequality.
This astute and thoughtful book offers a revealing glimpse into the world of young people struggling with the legacy of racism. More important, it highlights the disservice being done to all students in our schools when educators fail to critically interrogate issues of race. Griffin’s perceptive analysis illuminates the persistent influence of race in our education system and shows how—with appropriate support—teachers and students can develop the capacity to address racial issues and dynamics in schools in a frank and constructive way.
In Michigan, Shayla Reese Griffin is the diversity and school culture consultant for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and director of Creating Culturally Proficient Communities, a five-year initiative to improve racial and economic justice in Ypsilanti Community Schools.