Increasing Racial Education in White Educators with Jay Wamsted
June 10, 2021
This week we chat with 15-year educator, Jay Wamsted. Jay shares how his initiation into teaching within a predominantly Black school and community started his journey into developing self, facing his own biases, and becoming a more engaging teacher by being open to discussing race and culture in the classroom.
Jay schools us to share:
- How issues of race matter in all school subjects
- That math isn’t a ‘universal language’ when it isn’t taught in your native language
- How his experience uncovered his own bias and assumptions of the learning experience for students in ELL (English Language Learners)
- How unlearning and disassembling stereotypes remind teachers that each students deserves personal attention
- What assignments he would share with white teachers to create a more inclusive and equitable classroom and investigating their own history
- What it looks like to talk about race at home
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