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CRT Summer School 2022 registration is currently closed, but the doors will open again soon. Click the link below to sign up for most up to date announcements on content access.

Highlights from CRT Summer School 2022

July 18 - 22, 2022 

(Virtual gathering)

Teaching Truth to Power

In the last two years, the anti-CRT (critical race theory) backlash forged by the right has created a cacophony of socio-political discourse and racial discord resulting in a climate where US classrooms are the burgeoning battleground on discussions about race, equity and justice. The anti-critical race theory movement has gained both ideological and political support leading to bills and school district policies that limit the depth and breadth of teacher’s curricula.

The 2022 Summer School plenary sessions are designed to address why Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been deployed as an entering wedge into dismantling the commons, public institutions, and racial and social progress since the mid 20th century.  The virtual sessions will explain why and how race and CRT are being deployed in current legislative assaults on honest and inclusive education and what advocates need to understand about the disinformation  campaign. We will also analyze why the particular assaults on CRT and racial justice education land differently to even those whom we count as our allies. By carefully analyzing the series of distortions and misdirections about CRT, we hope to educate constituents about what CRT is and what it was before right-wing operatives distorted and defamed it. 

Each day, a new plenary will analyze how CRT fits within the universe of both anti-racism and multi-racial democracy. We look forward to engaging Summer School 2022 participants in these plenaries to sharpen our collective understanding about CRT. We hope participants will leave with an enhanced understanding about how race and CRT are foundational to the attacks on multiracial democracy and a sense of why CRT and intersectional vision for action is indispensable to the fight for all our children’s future.





Everyday CRT: A Commonsense Framework for Racial Liberation

Monday, July 18, 2022

1:15PM - 3:15PM (ET)

CRT is both a prism and a practice.  To begin the conversation, the session will address various contexts in which the right-wing has mobilized their attack on CRT.  They will then demonstrate how CRT can be mobilized both to make sense of those attacks and to respond to them.


Define, Do Not Defend: How to Resist the Disinformation Campaign Against CRT

Thursday, July 21, 2022

1:15PM - 3:15PM (ET)

Disinformation campaigns against CRT and other forms of anti-racist and intersectional education always claim to be representing the majoritarian interests of parents, voters, and even students.  This session will demonstrate why CRT is necessary to challenge this disinformation.


Public Schools, Private Agendas: How the Assault on Racial Justice Undermines Education

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

1:15PM - 3:15PM (ET)

The conservative focus on education as the site of the manufactured moral panic on CRT is a page out of the 19th century playbook.  This session will explore how public education continues to serve as a key site of distortions about racial justice struggles, including the 20th century’s Massive Resistance to Brown v. Board of Education and more recent efforts to privatize public education.


Transforming a Moment to a Movement: Building A New Coalition to Secure our Multiracial Democracy

Friday, July 22, 2022

1:15PM - 3:15PM (ET)

Across the country, an inspiring number of groups and individuals are leading organizing and advocacy campaigns rooted in CRT and intersectionality. We hear from leading practitioners in these fields to think together about the challenges we are facing and the strategies and opportunities for overcoming them. 


Strange Bedfellows: The Left/Right Convergence that Enabled the  Normalization of White Nationalism

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

1:15PM - 3:15PM (ET)

In this plenary, we consider how denial and illiteracy about racism across the political spectrum have helped facilitate the rise of white nationalism and the organized assault on CRT. On the right, the language of reverse discrimination, individual liberty, and states rights has moved white grievance to the center of American politics.