Book Club – September 2023



For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too by Christopher Emdin explains how teachers from different cultures can connect and foster success when teaching black students in poor urban schools.

While aimed at black cultures found in the inner city, the advice applies to anyone teaching students from a cultural background that is not their own.

Chapter 6: Cosmopolitanism, explores techniques to foster student’s sense of responsibility to to each other and to the learning environment.

SEPTEMBER 11 @ 6-7:30 PM

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too

At the ECAT Wayne Building
650 East Ave, Erie PA 16503


This month’s reading is a single chapter from For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too by Christopher Emdin.

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too

Christopher Emdin

Chapter 6: Cosmopolitanism
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Free copies of the chapter available upon request when registering.

Additional Resources

Optional readings and resources coming soon.

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Where do you meet?

Meetings take place at ECAT Wayne Building.

What does a meeting look like?

After a brief welcome, we break into small 4-5 person groups and discuss the book chapter for one hour before meeting back with the larger group for closing reflection. Discussion prompts are provided to get the conversation started but each group is encouraged to discuss topics most interesting to them.

Who is this for? Can I join?

For people who teach, want to teach, or have a job that supports learning. This includes anyone who works in a learning space such as a school, afterschool center, museum, library, online classes, etc. 

We are a broad collection of people that includes school teachers, teaching artists, after-school educators, professors, school administrators, nonprofit staff, artists, creatives and parents. We all want to support programs that develop creativity.

Educators who want their student’s to develop a creative practice face unique challenges. We know that cultivating creativity in our students is vital. However, the practice of teaching creativity is challenged by an education system focused on improving standardized test scores. Conversations are focused on how we can better nurture creativity in our students and share practical strategies to overcome the unique challenges of our learning environments.


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The Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT) is a community-based educational arts and career training facility that inspires, educates and empowers people of all ages with adult job training and creative youth programs.




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Erie, PA 16503

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