Spring 2021: Antiracism Course for White Educators

A 12-session discussion and action-based course for white educators ready to go beyond conversations about white privilege and begin embodying anti-racist values in their daily practice.

Why now and a bit on vision

In recent years, and now more than ever, we have seen a sharp uptick of progressive white educators who have begun talking about racism, using antiracist language, and acknowledging their own whiteness. And still, many white people are struggling when it comes to adapting their own actions; when it comes to living out the changes that they want to be a part of.


  1. To deepen white educators’ analysis of the structural impacts of white supremacy on the schools and communities they work in, and the role that they, as white educators, play in perpetuating white supremacy.
  2. To equip white educators with the tools and support to identify and respond to racist actions, words, and policies within their schools and communities.
  3. To grow white educators’ capacity to support, lift up, and act in solidarity with teachers, students, and families of color in their schools and communities.


Jonah Canner

Jonah is an educator, facilitator and mentor offering spiritual, emotional, and strategic support to people and organizations doing good work in the world. His primary focus areas include racial equity, restorative justice, experiential education, and working through conflict.

Jill (Yill) Ruchala

Jill Ruchala has been an educator, facilitator, and coordinator of educational programs and events for 18+ years in the US and abroad. These days she often teaches English to migrant adults, though her pandemic gig includes running the home preschool. She’s wild about cooperative learning models, adult education, anti-racist education, language acquisition, and beaches.

*Guest speakers and conversation partners will join to provide additional perspectives, accountability, and critical analysis.

What the experience involves

  • Twelve two-hour-long video calls
  • Readings, videos, and podcasts to read/view/listen, along with written responses
  • 1-1 conversations with another member of the course for more personal reflections
  • Action steps to take throughout the course 

Who is this for

White educators ready to go beyond conversations about white privilege and begin embodying anti-racist values in their daily practice.

White folks in any role in education or work with youth: teachers at any level, guidance counselors, youth workers, administration, social workers, staff at schools, camp counselors and staff, youth advocates, etc.


Twelve two-hour-long sessions starting mid-February – June 2021. 

Course Completion

Participants who complete this course will receive a certificate for 24 continuing education hours.

Learning & resources

Modalities of learning will include: text based discussions of books, articles and audio; personal story sharing; examination of internalized habits and mentalities; mapping of systemic oppressions; and building an accountability practice.

Application & Course Fees

  • Registration for this course is limited. The final date for submitting an application is Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
  • Sliding scale fees from $450 to $1200. In order to make this course as accessible as possible, we encourage you to pay a fee that is in line with what you are able.
  • We are excited to share that we will be sharing a portion of this course’s paid tuition fees with our friends in Jackson, MS, Springboard to Opportunities.
  • Applicants will be informed of their acceptance the first week of February.

Jonah Canner


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Jill (Yill) Ruchala


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Any Questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding this course, please direct them to info@democraticeducation.org and someone will get back to you shortly.

Credit for photo used in flyer

Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.