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How Can we Talk about Race in the Classroom?: A Content Analysis of Missouri Learning Standards for K-12 Education

 

Theme: Microaggressions: Conceptual, Research, and Practice/Intervention Implications; Freedom of Expression and Race: Considerations, Tensions, and Contradictions
Project Title: How Can we Talk about Race in the Classroom?: A Content Analysis of Missouri Learning Standards for K-12 Education
GranteeSummer Pennell, Assistant Professor of English Education
Grant Period: January-June 2018

Abstract
Missouri is rife with tension over racial discrimination and K-12 teachers need support for critically discussing these issues in their classrooms. This content analysis (Krippendorff, 2012), informed by critical race methodology (Solorzano & Yosso, 2002), of the Missouri Learning Standards (dese.mo.gov) for all grade levels and school subjects will evaluate how teachers can discuss race in the classroom while being compliant with state guidelines. Dissemination will include a free workshop for teachers in NE Missouri to show educators how to include racial justice in the classroom while following the state standards. This project will lead to further research in classrooms.