Portland State University. Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum & Instruction
1 online resource (ix, 531 pages)
K-12 public education in the United States, post Brown v. Board of Education (1954), has historically maintained a predominantly White teaching force, and has persistently underserved students of Color in terms of academic, social, and emotional outcomes. Additionally, K-12 school-based racial equity work that strives to address the operation of racism is inconsistent, difficult to measure, and has not demonstrably created more racially equitable experiences or outcomes for students or educators of Color. In this project, I critically explore K-12 school-based efforts towards more racial equity in the predominantly White Pacific Northwest, and I take an intentional and critical look at the roles and impacts of both whiteness, and of majoritarian White educators, including myself, who make up 89.1% of K-12 educators in Oregon (Oregon Department of Education, 2020) and 86.8% of K-12 educators in Washington (Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2020). In this critical qualitative interview study inspired by critical race methodology, pragmatism, and bricolage, I center the voices of seven Black and Black biracial educators in the predominantly White Pacific Northwest and their experiences with K-12 school-based racial equity work. In the project, I also present a historical account of racial inequity in public education in the U.S., make connections to foundational theories in the study of race and education, and detail many nuanced approaches to and impacts of K-12 school-based racial equity work. Finally, I offer ten considerations and provocations for K-12 racial equity work in predominantly White settings, and seven additional considerations specifically for majoritarian White educators.
© 2022 Bradley Justin Parker
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Parker, Bradley Justin, "K-12 Racial Equity Work in the Predominantly White Pacific Northwest: Interracial Conversations, Counter-Stories, and Considerations" (2022). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6250.