'Letting Go of Literary Whiteness'

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"Letting Go of Literary Whiteness: Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students" is the title of the 2019 book co-authored by Westfield State's Sophia Sarigianides and Central Michigan University's Carlin Borsheim-Black. Earlier this month, it won the 2022 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Book Award.

These are controversial times to talk about race in our schools, but the team, both white women, set out in 2016 to do better in how they taught literature - to develop a way to help teachers like themselves develop, as the book's subtitle describes, "Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students." Their target audience: Teachers who want to teach thoughtfully on race in predominantly white districts.

We speak with Sophia Sarigianides about her groundbreaking book, along with Erin Slayton, a high school English teacher at Abington High School and a former student of Sophia's who was a part of the research that helped shape the book and the techniques in it.

This segment aired on March 22, 2022.

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