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Whiteness and Antiracism: Beyond White Privilege Pedagogy I & II

Addresses the PELSB Cultural Competency Training requirement for relicensure.


Register for Whiteness and Antiracism I

Register for Whiteness and Antiracism II


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This Institute is intended for white educators who want to develop their antiracist pedagogy and better understand themselves as racial beings. We will work toward seeing, naming, and addressing whiteness in ways that move our learning communities beyond deadlocked conversations and toward more productive antiracist pedagogies. The work can and should be applied both personally and professionally. Through curated reading, writing, and discussion, we will push beyond the shame and anger that get in the way of our effectiveness as antiracist learners and citizens.

In Whiteness and Antiracism I, we will examine whiteness on societal, curricular, and personal levels, so that by better understanding and contextualizing ourselves as white people we can enact more powerful antiracist pedagogies. In this way, we will be better able to support young white people as they wrestle with what it means to be white in a white supremacist society. This work is applicable to anyone who works with youth or is in education. Whiteness and Antiracism I is offered online only.

In Whiteness and Antiracism II, facilitators invite participants who have completed the first institute to continue their learning through in-person sessions that will utilize techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed and somatic exercises.

Interested in this topic but work outside of the classroom (e.g., you are an administrator, counselor, or coach)?

This institute may still work for you! Past participants, for example, have included youth workers, addiction specialists, and principals. In the past, we formed new context-specific cohorts based on interest. Please submit any questions or let us know of your interest in this form.

About the Facilitators

Kevin Lally is a veteran high school English teacher who believes education should be a process of liberation. His doctoral research concerned the patterns of race talk among white, liberal high school students and how these patterns inhibited their antiracist possibilities. His work involves reframing antiracist classroom work toward the racial identity development of young white people, and challenging the guilt and shame based framework of white privilege pedagogy. He also enjoys being silly with his two little kiddos and two big doggies.


Ellie Roscher is the author of 12 Tiny Things, Play Like a Girl, and How Coffee Saved My Life and hosts the Unlikely Conversations podcast. She teaches writing at The Loft Literary Center, theology at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, yoga at Up Yoga, and Peace Literacy at The Global Immersion Project. Through curious inquiry, commitment to the sacred ordinary and artistic collaboration, her work accompanies people to a more centered, whole, and embodied self. Ellie holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Theology from Luther Seminary.



Meeting Times

Whiteness and Antiracism I: Fourth Monday of the month, September–May, 3:30–5:30pm or Fourth Tuesday of the month, September–May, 4–6pm (December date TBD)

Whiteness and Antiracism II: Sunday evenings, Oct 3, Nov 7, Feb 6, and Apr 3, 5–8pm

CEUs: 20

Program Fee

Standard Rate: $800
Group Rate: $600 Per Person*
*group rate based on 5 or more registrants from the same district.
Need-based scholarships available upon request.

Register for Whiteness and Antiracism I

Register for Whiteness and Antiracism II