Book Study: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
About the Course
Course Description: In this asynchronous, online book study, participants will prepare for, read, and discuss Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist for a total of 15 Act 48 hours or a certificate to submit for 15 Chapter 14 hours (per district approval). The New York Times called this book “a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.”
During the Prereading activities, participants will learn about the book and author. Then, they will explore strategies for critical reading from their lens as an educator. Then they will engage in two activities i: one focused on identifying perspectives and another on applying this practice to students.
During the actual reading, participants should read the book critically and complete chapter-by-chapter reflection prompts throughout their reading journey (not just at the end) to help them remember key points in the text.
During the Postreading activities, participants will engage in forum-based dialogues about their reactions, learning, and applications for the material in the school setting. Participants will leave this session with knowledge and resources to apply what they read with students at any level.
Course Hours: Members who complete this course receive 15 HOURS of Act 48 and/or a certificate that may apply for Chapter 14 hours. Your employer has sole discretion to determine if this course qualifies for Chapter 14 hours.
The hours breakdown is
- 10 hours for reading,
- 1.5 hours for pre-reading activities
- 2 hours for reflection prompts
- 1.5 hours for post-reading activitis
Total: 15 hours
Dr. Gina L. Gullo is an Assistant Director for Education Services at the Pennsylvania State Education Association specializing in educational policy and equity with additional focuses on elementary instruction and STEAM. Leading author of Implicit Bias in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide, Gina earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and masters in Special Education from Lehigh University; completed masters level work in Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University, and earned her bachelors in Psychology from the College of New Jersey. She is a certified elementary and special education teacher in Pennsylvania with experience substituting at all levels and working in Autistic Support. Gina serves part-time as clinical faculty member of Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy at Seton Hall University and pursues research focused on educational equity including disproportionalities and how educators work to avoid the impacts of implicit bias and other forms of unintentional discrimination in their schools and communities. Gina is a mother of two boys and lives in the Harrisburg Area. You might recognize Gina from a Halloween episode of Food Network's CHOPPED or as a form Easton Baconator.
Gina Gullo can support the overall PEARL system with assistance for both learners and administrators. Her courses in PEARL mainly focus on the educator evaluation system, implicit bias, and understanding and supporting students. You can contact Gina at GGullo@PSEA.org.
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