Teachers of Color

Teachers of Color Resisting Racism and Reclaiming Education

Rita Kohli, Foreword by Daniel G. Solórzano
paper, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-637-7
Price: $31.00

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cloth, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-638-4
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Teachers of Color describes how racism serves as a continuous barrier against diversifying the teaching force and offers tools to support educators who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of Color on both a systemic and interpersonal level. Based on in-depth interviews, digital narratives, and questionnaires, the book analyzes the toll of racism on their professional experiences and personal well-being, as well as their resistance and reimagination of schools.


Rita Kohli masterfully argues the persistent discriminatory and racialized experiences of teachers of Color. This book provides excellent recommendations for teacher educators and school district leaders who are working to rebuild the teachers of Color pipeline and reimagine the preparation of and support for teachers of Color in humanizing, antiracist, and justice-focused ways. — Dorinda J. Carter Andrews, professor and chairperson, Michigan State University

Teacher educators today need this provocatively instructive book. Rita Kohli provides a gift to all who want—and need—to hear the voices of teachers as they tell their stories of building and practicing racial literacy, resisting racism, and finding ways to thrive. These stories matter and they need to be heard and embraced for their power to instruct and inspire. — Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, associate professor, Teachers College, Columbia University

This book holds at once ‘the burning house’ that teachers of Color are recruited into and the liberatory spaces they create, never ceding collective learning to the core purpose of racial hierarchy. — Leigh Patel, professor of education, University of Pittsburgh

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About the Author

Rita Kohli is an associate professor of teaching and teacher education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside, and the cofounder and codirector of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice.

Table of Contents


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