The Brave Educator: Honest Conversations about Navigating Race in the Classroom, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Brave Educator

Honest Conversations about Navigating Race in the Classroom, 1st Edition

By Krystle Cobran

Eye on Education

168 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138389311
pub: 2019-08-16
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pub: 2019-08-16
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The Brave Educator equips you with accessible and refreshingly useful tools necessary to lead real conversations about race that prepare students for the world beyond the school walls. More than simply a toolkit, this book is a personal conversation about the journey of learning how to create productive dialogue about race in the classroom. It’s for educators, leaders, and teachers who are facing overwhelming daily responsibilities and need a supportive place to begin. Inside you’ll find a flexible roadmap you can use to carve a path through difficult conversations in your classroom, with question prompts, resource lists, and crucial tips to help you avoid common stumbles. The experience-based perspective and real-world examples in these pages will help you feel less alone as you move from feeling tentative to prepared. 

Table of Contents

Section I: Two Tips to Give You a Solid Start

Solid Start Tip #1: Let’s Try Listening to Each Other

Solid Start Tip #2: Let’s Make Room for Discovery

Section II: Your Flexible Four Step Roadmap

Step 1: Three Words that Keep Student Learning at the Center

Step 2: How to Decide What Really Matters in Your Classroom

Step 3: Create Boundaries that Support You and Your Students in the Classroom

Step 4: We All Have This. Pay Attention To Yours

Section III: Seven Support Strategies to help you Navigate Classroom Conversations About Race

Support Strategy #1: A Quick Talk About Uncomfortable Moments in the Classroom

Support Strategy #2: Read This if you Feel Completely Overwhelmed

Support Strategy #3: You Have This Choice to Make When Students Start Trusting You

Support Strategy #4: Lists for When You’re Worried Everything Will Go Wrong

Support Strategy #5: Try This When You’re Not Sure What to do Next

Support Strategy #6: Mini-Conversations for when Time is Tight

Support Strategy # 7: Make Tiny Tweaks in Your Classroom

About the Author

Krystle Cobran creates conversations about race that open the doors of connection. Her work helps us weave our stories together so we can begin to understand each other. Krystle draws on her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School, her Master of Public Policy from The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William & Mary, her experience creating, developing, and teaching two conversation-driven undergraduate courses at the intersection of race and the law (Race & the Law, and American Courts, Race, and Social Issues), her work as a speaker, consultant, and writer, and her love for human stories to transform seemingly impossible conversations about race into genuine dialogue that propels us forward. Her work begins with listening. To you. You can drop Krystle a note by visiting

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects