Episode 100 | Fostering Racial Literacy in Classrooms w/ Sonja Cherry-Paul

Season #2

In this episode, we’ll explore the pressing need to address racism in the classroom to prevent harm and trauma to BIPOC students. Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, author of the Antiracist Reading Revolution: A Framework for Teaching Beyond Representation Toward Liberation, will share her thoughts on guiding students to recognize systemic racism, the importance of addressing Whiteness and White supremacy, and the transformative power of racial literacy skills.

We'll also discuss practical ways educators can help students reflect on their writing, identify critical questions, and cultivate a nurturing reading community. Dr. Cherry-Paul's impactful metaphors, such as the dandelion representing anti-racism, add depth to our understanding, resonating with both students and educators alike.

Stay tuned as we not only dissect key concepts from her book but also draw inspiration from influential figures like Toni Morrison. This episode promises to leave you with actionable insights and a renewed commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Welcome to Our Classroom!


Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul is the founder of Red Clay Educators, co-director of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, co-director of the Teach Black History All Year Institute, and executive producer and host of The Black Creators Series. She is an educator with more than 20-years of classroom experience who has written several books that support reading and writing instruction and has adapted the #1NYT Best Seller, Stamped (For Kids). Sonja leads professional development for schools and organizations in equity and antiracism. She invites you to visit her online at sonjacherrypaul.com.

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LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonja-cherrypaul/

Buy Antiracist Reading Revolution https://us.corwin.com/books/antiracist-reading-revolution-285663