The Anti-Racist Education project evaluates the content and availability of anti-racist education trainings in a school in Hartford, CT. Working with teachers from the Hartford Federation of teachers, we collaboratively designed a survey tool to measure educator perceptions of anti-racist training. .The goal is to understand past anti-racist trainings offered by the school, gauge perceptions of their usefulness and effectiveness, and gather opinions on what would be useful in the future. We will continue to work with Hartford Federation of Teachers to assess these important issues.
During the 2019-2020 school year, several members of the Hartford Federation of teachers participated in an anti-racism training developed by school administration. This training asked educators to read the book So you Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Educators were provided a copy. Upon completion of this training, a few of the participants shared their experiences and noted a few important outcomes:
- The training did not include follow up after copies of the book were distributed
- BIPOC teachers felt the training was insensitive and blind to their lived experience(s) as educators and citizens
- Distributing a copy of the book was a positive step but the lack of structure and administrative support made it difficult for this to have an impact
The goal of this project during the Spring 2022 semester was to work with Hartford Federation of Teachers to develop a way to gauge educator’s experiences with anti-racist trainings. To do this, we worked collaboratively to develop a survey that can be used by educators to assess anti-racist education training in their schools. Click here for more about our methods.