Race Institute for Educators

For information on upcoming workshops, go to www.raceinstitute.org


The Race Institute for Educators is a workshop for K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators of all races who want to better understand why race matters in schools. It is for educators who want to build their skills and competencies to understand and challenge the racism around them — and in their own heads and hearts. As schools endeavor to become racially equitable institutions, individual educators often need a space to support their own developing professionalism around race issues. This is that space.


• Build confidence in their ability to recognize and address racial micro-aggressions;

• Increase their understanding of how racism functions and what their role in it is;

• Explore their internal racism and barriers to working on it;

• Develop a personal vision for racial justice in their classrooms and schools;

• Build their skills in being accountable allies i.e., Whites with other Whites, People of Color with other People of Color and Whites with People of Color working in coalitions in schools;

• Develop strategies for interrupting racist situations;

• Increase their ability to support other people doing racial justice work; and

• Build an action plan of concrete next steps.


Frederick V. Bryant, Ph.D.

Frederick Bryant is an organizational development practitioner, with an extensive background in individual, group and organizational change. He served in various roles such as management consultant, trainer, researcher and executive coach with non-profit, public sector, and Fortune 500 enterprises. As an adult educator he taught Understanding Group Dynamics at Temple University, and currently teaches Human Systems’ Diagnosis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has a distinctive competence in across race dialogue and diversity and inclusion interventions. He developed an award winning professional development program for African Americans. He led two long-term culture change efforts that resulted in these organizations receiving the coveted NAACP award for exceptional improvement in race relations. Dr. Bryant facilitates experiential workshops for People of Color, supporting participants to become better able to recognize internalized racism and learn to diminish it in their lives, both personally and professionally.

Sarah Halley

Sarah Halley is an organizational development consultant and experiential educator with 18 years experience, working primarily on team building, leadership development, inclusive strategic planning, and diversity/cultural competence. She co-facilitates a series of workshops for White People Confronting Racism, based out of Training for Change, a grass roots, nonprofit training center in Philadelphia dedicated to global social change. Sarah is also the founder and co-director of Playback for Change, a multiracial improvisational theatre troupe that uses playback theatre as a vehicle for social change, and is an international leader and trainer in the international Playback Theatre movement. Sarah also has a background in engineering and spent 8 years as a classroom teacher in the Philadelphia area.

Ali Michael, Ph.D.

Ali Michael is an educator and filmmaker with a PhD in Teacher Education from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College. She works as a consultant and facilitator in both independent and public schools in the Philadelphia area. Ali cofacilitates Whites Confronting Racism, a workshop for White people working for racial justice. Ali believes that the skills required for racial competence should not be elusive, but can be learned and practiced. During her doctoral work, Ali studied the common questions, dilemmas and successes of White teachers who were learning to address racial inequity in their classrooms and schools. As an adjunct instructor at Penn, she teaches Whiteness: Counseling and Educational Perspectives. Her current research focuses on supporting white teachers to mitigate the unintentional, pervasive effects of institutional and individual racism. She also studies how White families racially socialize their children. For more information, see www.alimichael.org.


Advisory Committee: 

Chris Avery, The Haverford School

Felix Chen, Abington Friends School

Dr. Barbara Collins, Independent Consultant

Nora Durant, Russell Byers Charter School

Dr. Shaun Harper, University of Pennsylvania

Marion Henderson, Westtown School parent

Dr. Sydney Howe-Barksdale, Public Interest Resource Center and Westtown School parent

Pat MacPherson, Westtown School

Lorraine Marino, Independent Consultant

Dr. Barbara Moore Williams, Independent consultant

Courtney Portlock, Episcopal Academy

Dr. Bob Scott, Independent Consultant

Deborra Sines-Pancoe, Friends Council on Education

Dr. Howard Stevenson, University of Pennsylvania and Penn Charter parent

Hannah Tran, Palumbo High School

Dr. Leslie Tran, Abington Friends School

Dr. Chezare Warren, University of Pennsylvania

Toni Williamson, Abington Friends School

Sam Willis, Episcopal Academy