Reckoning With Racism in Family-School Partnerships: Centering Black Parents' School Engagement
Published by: Teachers College Press
Sales Date: 2022-07-22
Published: July 2022
Page Count: 112 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
112 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
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Drawing from the lived experiences of Black parents as they engaged with their children?s K?12 schools, this book brings a critical race theory (CRT) analysis to family?school partnerships. The author examines persistent racism and white supremacy at school, Black parents? resistance, and ways school communities can engage in more authentic partnerships with Black and Brown families. The children in this study attended schools with varying demographics and reputations. Their parents were engaged in these schools in the highly visible ways educators and policymakers traditionally say are important for children?s education, such as proactively communicating with teachers, helping with homework, and joining PTOs. The author argues that, because of the relentless racism Black families experience in schools, educators must depart from race-evasive approaches and commit to more liberatory family?school partnerships.
- Includes an introduction to CRT and explains how it informed this study.
- Draws from Derrick Bell?s notion of racial realism to make sense of Black parent participants advocating for high-quality education in the context of persistent anti-Black racism.
- Examines how Black parents resisted individualism and were, instead, committed to improving the education of all marginalized children.
- Shows how white supremacy operated in shared school governance despite schools having inclusive practices.
- Explores how anxiety and stress caused by the Trump presidency impacted parents? school engagement.
- Describes three ways any school community can develop family-school partnerships for collective educational justice.
Series Foreword James A. Banks?ix
1.?The Racial Reality of Schools for Black Families?1
"The Most Livable City" . . . For Whites Only?2
The Parent Participants?3
Black Lives Matter: The 2014?15 School Year Context?4
Critical Race Theory?7
A More Liberatory Future With CRT?12
2.?Racial Realist Parent Engagement?13
"Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don?t, Apparently"?14
Parents? Approaches to Teaching Children About Anti-Black Racism?20
Racial Realist Parent Engagement as a Framework for School Partnerships With Black Families?26
3.?Resisting Individualism and Engaging for the Collective?29
In Everyday School Involvement?30
When Choosing Schools and Extracurriculars?33
In the Community?35
In Parent Groups?37
Engaging for Collective Educational Justice?38
4.?The Persistence of White Supremacy in Shared School Governance?40
Restrictive, Still-Restrictive, and Expansive Visions of Equality?42
Parent Teacher Organizations?44
African American Empowering Parent Groups?48
The African American Parent Council?52
BOSD?s Still-Restrictive Visions of Equality?53
5.?Five Years Later: The Ongoing Salience of Racial Realist Parent Engagement?55
The New Sociopolitical Context of 2019?56
Persistence of Racial Realist Parent Engagement Across Time and Space?57
Strategically Stepping Away From Shared School Governance?62
Calling on Educators to Join Black Families in Resisting?63
6.?In Conclusion: Mapping More Liberatory Family?School Partnerships?64
Untethering Education Quality From Individual Parents? Engagement?65
Reorienting Toward Collective Educational Justice?67
Expansive Equality in Shared School Governance?69
Appendix: Study Methodology?73
About the Author?89