Open up the newspaper or turn on the news these days, and you’ll find plenty of talk about race and racism. But it’s a different story in many classrooms.

Some teachers don’t consider race germane to their math or English syllabus. Others strive for colorblindness in the classroom, wanting to believe we live in a post-racial society. Unfortunately, says H. Richard Milner, we don’t.

Milner directs the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. He spends much of his time researching effective teaching methods and leading professional development for teachers, schools and districts, helping to implement teaching strategies that deal with race.

Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking About Race In The Classroom

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