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Americans are talking about race in a new way... but it is not always easy. To help, APS has been sponsoring yearlong Challenging Racism:Learning How workshops for parents since 2004. The workshops provide a parallel experience to the teacher/staff Conversations About Race and Equity (part of the APS effort to close the achievement gaps). Through reading, stories, activities and conversation, participants learn to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. These conversations encourage a basic understanding of racism, institutional racism, White privilege, the roots of racism, and its modern manifestations around us. Each of the 11 sessions builds concrete skills for engaging in challenging conversations related to race, second language and other forms of bias.


One Swanson parent who participated said, “It will challenge and focus you in such a positive way. You will feel energized by what you learn.”   A parent of a current Gunston 8th grader, took Challenging Racism:Learning How and here is what he said about the experience…. "I signed up for the Challenging Racism class because I wanted to talk more about race and privilege.  Our facilitators were world class professionals.  They knew the material and had years of experience facilitating discussions regarding race.  Our discussions were current, thought-provoking, and challenging.  Our facilitators modeled storytelling and active-listening and created a safe space for both.  Telling stories and listening to stories was a central part of each session.  Each participant seemed engaged, challenged, and stimulated by the conversation.  I highly recommend this course to any member of our community."   (Read more Testimonials).


Participants are expected to attend all 11 sessions.  


Challenging Racism:  Learning How is free. 
Apply today! We’ll be taking names for the waitlist. 


What's It Like?

A sample session agenda for Challenging Racism: Learning How


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Previous Challenging Racism Workshops

See where Challenging Racism: Learning How has been.  Parent workshops have been sponsored by Arlington Public Schools since 2004.

Challenging Racism: Learning How
​          through Stories and Conversations

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Free discussion group for APS parents and Arlington community members.