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An essential guide to transforming the quotidian communications that feed inequality in our schools—from the award-winning editor of Everyday Antiracism

Words matter. Every day in schools, language is used—whether in the classroom, in a student-teacher meeting, or by principals, guidance counselors, or other school professionals—implying, intentionally or not, that some subset of students have little potential. As a result, countless students "underachieve," others become disengaged, and, ultimately, we all lose.

Mica Pollock, editor of Everyday Antiracism—the progressive teacher's must-have resource—now turns to what it takes for those working in schools to match their speech to their values, giving all students an equal opportunity to thrive. By juxtaposing common scenarios with useful exercises, concrete actions, and resources, Schooltalk describes how the devil is in the oft-dismissed details: the tossed-off remark to a student or parent about the community in which she lives; the way groups—based on race, ability, and income—are discussed in faculty meetings about test scores and data; the assumptions and communication breakdowns between counselors, teachers, and other staff that cause kids to fall needlessly through the cracks; or the deflating comment to a young person about her college or career prospects.

Schooltalk will empower educators of every ilk, revealing to them an incredibly effective tool at their disposal to support the success of all students every day: their words.

ISBN-13: 9781620971031

Media Type: Paperback(New Edition)

Publisher: New Press The

Publication Date: 02-07-2017

Pages: 416

Product Dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Mica Pollock is the director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California, San Diego. The editor of Everyday Antiracism and the author of Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About—and to—Students Every Day (both published by The New Press), she lives in southern California.

Table of Contents

How to Read This Book 1

Introduction 2

A (Brief) Guide to Talking Effectively with Colleagues 24

Part 1 Flipping Scripts 29

Chapter 1 Group Talk 31

Chapter 2 Inequality Talk 74

Chapter 3 Smarts Talk 126

Chapter 4 Culture Talk 166

Part 2 Designing Schooltaik Infrastructure 209

Chapter 5 Data Talk 214

Chapter 6 Life Talk 257

Chapter 7 Opportunity Talk 306

Conclusion: Schooltalking for Equity, Long Term 343

Appendix: A Guide to Talking Effectively with Colleagues 352

Acknowledgments 369

Notes 370

Index 401