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Interrupting Racism

Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling, 1st Edition

By Rebecca Atkins, Alicia Oglesby


180 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Interrupting Racism provides school counselors with a brief overview of racial equity in schools and practical ideas that a school-level practitioner can put into action. The book walks readers through the current state of achievement gap and racial equity in schools and looks at issues around intention, action, white privilege, and implicit bias. Later chapters include interrupting racism case studies and stories from school counselors about incorporating stakeholders into the work of racial equity. Activities, lessons, and action plans promote self-reflection, staff-reflection, and student-reflection and encourage school counselors to drive systemic change for students through advocacy, collaboration, and leadership.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Introduction Part I: Building a Foundation of Understanding Chapter 1: A Brief History: Integration, The Achievement Gap, and Student Success Chapter 2: White Privilege: A Taboo of Advantage Chapter 3: Implicit Bias: A Disconnect Between Intention and Outcome Part II: Building Change Chapter 4: The Benefit of Self-Reflection: The Work Begins With You Chapter 5: Teach Them Well: Anti-Bias Social Emotional Learning for Students Chapter 6: The Benefit of Staff Reflection: The Work Continues With Everyone Part III: Building Capacity of Stakeholders Chapter 7: Stories from the Field: Real World Application of Equity in School Counseling Chapter 8: Interrupting Racism: Everyday Scenarios Chapter 9: Utilizing Data for Systemic Change Chapter 10: Change is Hard: Responding to Criticism and Pushback Appendix A: Celebrating Diversity Book List Appendix B: Teaching Tolerance—Social Justice Standards Appendic C: School Culture Triage Survey Index

About the Authors


Rebecca Atkins, MEd, NBCT is Senior Administrator of Elementary Counseling in the Wake County Public School System, North Carolina, and served as a school counselor for 12 years. She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and has published on the topics of transition and equity.

Alicia Oglesby, MS is a professional high school counselor in Washington, DC. With an extensive background in serving low-income black communities, she continues to advocate for equity on the local and national level.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health