Course Description

Prepares educators to initiate and facilitate meaningful, productive dialogues about race in the classroom.  Reveals practical strategies to engage with students.Provides a critical framework for understanding the ways in which racism impacts our children and students, their families, educators and schools.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will know how:

  • to recognize the difference between meaningful and inconsequential race conversations
  • to build conversational “safe spaces,” not merely declare them
  • to infuse race conversations with urgency and purpose
  • to thrive in the face of unexpected challenges
  • Administrators might equip teachers to thoughtfully engage in these conversations


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: Teaching for Black Lives-Creating Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom
Start Now, you have 365 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Watson, D., Hagopian, J., & Au, W. (2018). Teaching for Black lives. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.

Kay, Matthew (2007). Not light but fire: Gender, violence and strategies for prison abolition.

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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