Through TpT’s Teach For Justice speaker series, we’ve learned that for schools to best support every student, anti-racist work should be prioritized throughout the whole school. But what are some actionable strategies for leading this anti-racist work? In the sixth and final webinar in the series, Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. discusses anti-racist practices both teachers and school leaders can pursue to better reach and teach every student.
Read on for 6 of the many strategies he shares, but be sure to watch the full webinar to hear all of his advice. Webinar viewers will also receive a certificate of participation for professional development.
Actionable Strategies for Building Anti-Racist Schools
1. Develop your noticing skills
In order to act in anti-racist ways, Dr. Moore expresses that educators should build their noticing skills. In other words, personal perspectives are narrow, so educators should seek to learn more about different people and cultures in order to see and understand situations from multiple points of view. Dr. Moore references a few ways to do so, including travel, attending community events across different cultures, broadening personal social media feeds, or even watching a television show that exposes you to a perspective other than your own.
Hear more at around the 24-minute mark of the webinar.
2. Pursue resistance sustainably
It’s common for educators and school leaders to encounter resistance as they seek to pursue anti-racism in their schools. However, Dr. Moore points out, “Resistance is a sign that you’re doing good work,” it’s a sign that you’re pushing people outside of their comfort zones in a way that will lead to real change. But resistance can be discouraging, so Dr. Moore emphasizes that it’s important for educators to practice self-care. To this end, educators should also acknowledge when combating someone’s resistance is unproductive. “You gotta be really careful if the person is pushing back [but] they’re willing to learn, or if the person is just pushing back to push buttons, to create conflict,” he explains. To help you prioritize self-care, check out Dr. Moore’s 21-Day Self-Care Challenge.
Hear more at around the 28-minute mark of the webinar.
3. Do this work together
Anti-racist work is challenging, and trying to pursue it alone can lead to burnout. Instead, Dr. Moore says, “What I think is really critical is to be in collaboration, to be in partnerships. And if that can be a multiracial team, I think even better.” Whether you’re connecting with other educators within your school or outside of your local community, working with others will help energize and sustain you in anti-racist work for the long term.
Hear more at around the 34-minute mark of the webinar.
Ways for School Leaders to Become Anti-Racist Educators
4. Declare a comprehensive commitment to anti-racism
Dr. Moore expresses that schools should be certain they’re fully committed to becoming anti-racist organizations, rather than simply doing more anti-racist work. What’s the difference? For the former, anti-racist work is “systemic — it’s part of the fabric,” says Dr. Moore. Anti-racist organizations are looking comprehensively across the entire institution for ways to combat racism and bias. “You look at curriculum, you look at hiring, you look at parent involvement, you look at community engagement, you look at leadership, you look at athletic sports teams,” Dr. Moore elaborates. Schools must ensure they’re pursuing anti-racism in a fully comprehensive way.
Hear more at around the 12-minute mark of the webinar.
5. Set a clear mission and vision
In order to make progress and achieve school-wide goals pertaining to anti-racist work, Dr. Moore expresses that it’s critical for school leaders to set a clear mission and vision for this type of work. Leaders should provide a shared understanding of what it means to pursue anti-racism at their school, and they should set a clear path and direction for educators to follow. “When the mission/vision is clear and leadership is on board, there’s a greater likelihood that you can reach and obtain different kinds of goals,” Dr. Moore says.
Hear more at around the 37-minute mark of the webinar.
6. Build a pathway to leadership
Dr. Moore also shares that school leaders can play a role in encouraging diversity in their profession by helping to create pathways to school leadership for BIPOC folks. “I think that includes allowing [members of BIPOC communities] internship opportunities, shadowing opportunities, identifying them in the classroom, saying, [. . .] ‘We’re gonna put you on the administration track.” By specifically identifying members of BIPOC communities to prepare for future leadership roles, school leaders can play an important role in diversifying their profession.
Hear more at around the 39-minute mark of the webinar.
Keep in touch with Dr. Moore
Dr. Moore is Founder of America & Moore, LLC, Founder and Program Director of the White Privilege Conference, and a noted speaker and educator on the subject of diversity, privilege and leadership. Learn more:
- America & Moore, LLC: Diversity Education, Research, and Consulting
- White Privilege Conference
- The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys
- Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories
- The Diversity Consultant Cookbook: Preparing for the Challenge
- Forthcoming, Spring 2021: Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls
- Instagram: @eddiemoorejr
- Twitter: @eddieknowsmoore
Learn more about TpT’s Teach For Justice initiatives and find recordings of previous webinars here.