Fresh Ayers: Jessica Heybach & Sheron Fraser-Burgess - "Making Sense of Race in Education"

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
57th Street Books

Editors of Making Sense of Race in Education: Practices for Change in Difficult Times Jessica Heybach and Sheron Fraser-Burgess will be discussing the book. They will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: Making Sense of Race in Education: Practices for Change in Difficult Times takes a fresh look at the perennial issue of race in American schools. How do educators, in all settings, confront the issue of race with students and colleagues, given the contemporary backdrop of social movements for racial justice and change? How do educators affect change within their everyday classroom practices without fostering further alienation and discord? Although much has already been written about race and racism in school, this book addresses racial incidents directly and offers practical insights into how P-20 educators can transform these events alongside students and colleagues. Each chapter provides detailed analysis of curriculum, instruction, practices and pedagogical strategies for addressing race while at the same time wrestling with theoretical conceptions of race, justice, and fairness.

About the editors: Jessica A. Heybach is associate professor in the School of Education and Human Performance at Aurora University (AU). She is currently the department chair of EdD Programs at AU, and teaches graduate courses in educational research, curriculum studies, and ethics and philosophy in education. Her scholarly interests center on questions of justice and equity in education, how conceptions of teacher neutrality influence curriculum and instruction, and how visual culture informs human understandings of injustice. Dr. Heybach has published in such journals as the Education Policy Analysis Archives, Educational Studies, Education and Culture, Critical Questions in Education, and Philosophical Studies in Education, and co-edited the book Dystopia and Education: Insights into Theory, Praxis, and Policy with Eric C. Sheffield.

Sheron Fraser-Burgess is an associate professor of Social Foundations/Multicultural Education at Ball State University and teaches courses in the undergraduate teacher licensure/professional education program, as well as philosophy and ethics courses in the master of arts and doctoral program in Educational Studies. As Provenzo (2012) states, in its attention to social justice, social and cultural foundations can make it possible for teacher candidates and practitioners to become responsible advocates for democratic education. Dr. Fraser-Burgess seeks to come alongside teacher candidates and practicing teachers in making the theory-to-practice connections that social justice in education requires, in addition to their acquisition of the knowledge, skills and dispositions of their profession.

About the interlocutor: Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637