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Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys: Book Release & Reception

  • The Philadelphia School 2501 South Street Philadelphia, PA, 19146 United States (map)

From Greater Philadelphia Diversity Collaborative

"This book will change you...Few books take on such urgent work with so much care and proactive optimism."
— Christine Sleeter

About The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys

Schools that fail Black boys are not extraordinary. When schools fail Black boys, it’s because they are doing school the way that school has always been done, in a system that was not built for their success.

White women make up 65% of the teaching force in America. If we succeed in shifting outcomes for Black boys, it will be because White women responded to the call to change the way we do school. The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys is an extraordinary resource that brings together research, activities, personal stories, and links to video interviews to help teachers rise to the challenge.

Learn how to:

  • Develop learning environments that help Black boys feel a sense of belonging, nurturance, challenge, and love at school
  • Change school culture so that Black boys can show up in the wholeness of their selves
  • Overcome unconscious bias and forge authentic connections with your Black male students


"This book will change you. Every chapter invites White women to do the needed work that will enable us to support healthy development of our Black male students. Few books take on such urgent work with so much care and proactive optimism."
— Christine E. Sleeter, Professor Emerita
California State University Monterey Bay
"Any white woman who aspires to responsibly and effectively demonstrate educational care for black boys will find much that is useful in this text."
—Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Professor
University of Southern California
"There is no other instructional guide quite like this. It is a direct exploration into the 'dos,' 'don’ts,' 'why's' and 'how’s' of culturally responsive teaching from expert teachers."
—Dale Allender, Director
National Council of Teachers of English-West
“This book raises crucial questions about teaching and learning across race lines, in a racially unequal and segregated society.”
—Mica Pollock, Professor
University of California, San Diego