A White Teacher Talks about Race by Julie Landsman

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Veteran teacher Julie Landsman leads the reader through a day of teaching and reflection about her work with high school students who are from a variety of cultures. She speaks honestly about issues of race, poverty, institutional responsibility, and white privilege by engaging the reader in the experiences of a day in the classroom with some of her remarkable students. Throughout the day, we meet bigotry head-on, struggle with questions of racial identity, and find cultural conflict in the corridors of the school building. Along the way, we come face to face with Tyrone, a young African-American student grappling with the realities of discrimination in suburbia. We encounter Sheila, a teenage mother struggling to raise her baby in poverty, and we get to know Sarah, a white girl living on the streets of Minneapolis. Through the author's eyes, we begin to understand the complexities of teaching in today's society and we learn within the pages of this book, if only just for a moment, what it feels like to be the other.
 

About Julie Landsman

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Julie Landsman has taught in Minneapolis Public Schools for 25 years. She has also been a visiting Professor at Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota, and an adjunct professor at Hamline University and Metro State University in St. Paul. She has published numerous articles in journals such as "Educational Leadership" and "Teachers and Writers Collaborative". She is the author of "Basic Needs: A Year With Street Kids in a City School; A White Teacher Talks About Race;" and "Growing Up White: A Veteran Teacher Reflects on Racism, " all three published by Rowman Education.She has also published behavior guide called Tips For Creating a Manageable Classroom with Milkweed Editions. Julie Landsman authored Welcome To Your Life: Writings for the Heart of Young America, with David Haynes also with Milkweed. She also edited From Darkness to Light, Teens Write About Overcoming Trouble, with Fairview Press. Julie writes poetry and fiction and recently won the New Letters Prize for her short story, Suspension . She is currently co-editing a new book for Stylus with Robert Simmons and Steven Grineski entitled Going Deeper: Ideas From The Field For Having Open and Honest Conversations About Race. (tentative title) Julie is a frequent speaker and consultant around the country and abroad. She can be reached by email at jlandsman@goldengate.net or through her website at jlandsman.com
 
Published February 16, 2009 by R&L Education. 208 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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In this account of her years teaching in a multi-ethnic Midwestern high school, Landsman (Basic Needs) discusses the life lessons she learned from her street-smart, determined students: people of color often have to struggle with being the only representative of their race at a social gathering o...

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