Schooling for Critical Consciousness

Schooling for Critical Consciousness Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice

Scott Seider and Daren Graves
paper, 248 Pages
Pub. Date: January 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-429-8
Price: $32.00

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cloth, 248 Pages
Pub. Date: January 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-430-4
Price: $62.00

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Schooling for Critical Consciousness addresses how schools can help Black and Latinx youth resist the negative effects of racial injustice and challenge its root causes. Scott Seider and Daren Graves draw on a four-year longitudinal study examining how five different mission-driven urban high schools foster critical consciousness among their students. The book presents vivid portraits of the schools as they implement various programs and practices, and traces the impact of these approaches on the students themselves.


Seider and Graves provide a rich accounting of the powerful practices that are necessary for fostering youth critical consciousness by drawing upon the experiences of a culturally diverse group of students attending high schools in urban communities. This book is essential for educators in and beyond school walls who are concerned with the positive and healthy success of marginalized and minoritized young people preparing to be productive contributors to our democracy. — Dorinda Carter Andrews, chairperson, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Schooling for Critical Consciousness offers a clarion call for educators and researchers as we respond to these ‘dangerous times’ in our work with youth. Starting with James Baldwin’s wisdom and then guiding us through engrossing case studies of five schools, the authors highlight key practices that support youth as conscious agents of social change and the varied strengths of different schoolwide approaches to students’ sociopolitical development. This is a must-read for educators looking to support the healthy development of all of our young people as they contend with a social world fractured by structural oppression and racism. — Ben Kirshner, professor, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder

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About the Authors

Scott Seider is an associate professor of applied developmental psychology at the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Daren Graves is an associate professor of education at Simmons University.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

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