Week 9: CRT in Education

Student walk out in Boston, March 2016

How is Critical Race Theory a useful frame for understanding the field of education and the existing racial disparities in education? Does CRT force us to question some of our biggest civil rights “wins” in education? How have scholars used CRT as a theoretical frame for educational research that challenges the centrality of whiteness and deficit frames in research?

Week 9 (11/1): CRT in Education


Week 8: Counterstorytelling, CRT Methodologies

Honouring My Spirit Helpers (Collection of the Seventh Generation Midwives (Toronto), http://christibelcourt.com/)

What are the ways CRT is both theory and method? How can CRT inform research? What is counter-storytelling and how can it be used to further the goals of CRT?

Week 8 (10/25): Counterstorytelling, CRT Methodologies

  • Delgado Bernal, D. (2002). Critical Race Theory, Latino Critical Theory, and Critical Raced‐Gendered epistemologies: Recognizing students of color as holders and creators of knowledge. Qualitative Inquiry, 8(1), 105‐126. Delgado Bernal 2002
  • Duncan, G.A. (2006). Critical Race Ethnography in Education: Narrative, Inequality and the Problem of Epistemology. In A.D. Dixson and C.K. Rousseau (Eds.) Critical Race Theory in Education: All God’s Children Got a Song. (191-212). New York: Routledge. ftp://ftp.uwc.ac.za/users/DMS/DMS%20vidComplete/CSI%20WEBSITE/CSI_SANPAD/16295807.pdf
  • Solórzano, D. G. & Yosso, T. J. (2002). Critical Race Methodology: Counter-Storytelling as an analytical framework for education research. Qualitative Inquiry, 8(1), 23-44. Critical Race Methodology–Solorzano and Yosso
  • Bell, D. (1992). The space traders. Faces at the bottom of the well: The permanence of racism, 175-76. http://whgbetc.com/the-space-traders.pdf

Week 7: Offshoots

What are CRT “offshoots”? Where and why did they emerge? How do different communities take up their “Crits”? Are there potential limitations of offshoots?

Week 7 (10/18): Offshoots

You will choose four articles from the list below; you will be responsible for reporting the key tenets of your “offshoots” back to the class. Facilitators for this week will be responsible for facilitating conversations between and among the groups, while also asking broader questions of “dilution” of CRT, specificity, black-white binaries, etc.


  • Misawa, Mitsunori (2012). “Social Justice Narrative Inquiry: A Queer Crit Perspective,” Adult Education Research Conferencehttp://newprairiepress.org/aerc/2012/papers/34
  •  Johnson, E. P. (2001). ” Quare” studies, or (almost) everything I know about queer studies I learned from my grandmother. Text and Performance Quarterly21(1), 1-25.Quare studies–Johnson 2001


  • Salis Reyes, Nicole Alia. 2017. A Space for Survivance: Locating Kānaka Maoli through the Resonance and Dissonance of Critical Race Theory. Race Ethnicity and Education, (In Press). Since this text is in press, I’m unfortunately unable to share. It will be coming out in the next issue, and I’ll post then. It’s really great! 


  • Annamma, S. A., Connor, D., & Ferri, B. (2013). Dis/ability critical race studies (DisCrit): Theorizing at the intersections of race and dis/ability. Race Ethnicity and Education16(1), 1-31. DisCrit




Week 6: Racism without Racists (Colorblind Racism)


This week we explore the concept of “colorblind racism” and the concept of a “postracial” society introduced after the election of President Obama. What rhetorical strategies do white folks use to distance themselves from structural racism?

Week 6 (10/11): Colorblind Racism, Myths of “postracial”

  • Book: Bonilla-Silva, E. (2017). Racism without racists: Color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America. Rowman & Littlefield.

Week 5: Whiteness

This week we examine whiteness, white privilege, white fragility, and the role of white educators and activists in Critical Race Theory scholarship. As we come to terms with the horror of the Las Vegas shooting, how do we have real conversations about the protections of whiteness?

Week 5 (10/4): Whiteness