Learning Café

What’s Whiteness Got to Do with It? Racial Identity Development in the Lives of Deeper Learning Teacher Educators

Sarah Fine and Katie Weisberg
May 2021 | EdPrepLab

In this Learning Cafe, participants thought about their own racial identity development and explored how this influences their work as teacher-educators. In particular, presenters focused on Robin DiAngelo's notion of "white fragility" -- the silence, discomfort, and/or defensiveness that many white folks feel when talking about issues of race and racism. Participants explored how their racial identities can help or hinder their ability to form meaningful relationships with colleagues and students, and the kinds of structures that might foster productive engagement around race. Presenters introduced tools and texts that participants will be able to use in a range of contexts.


  • Sarah Fine, High Tech High 
  • Katie Weisberg, High Tech High 

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