Episode 100: Teaching Racial Literacy and Controversial Issues with Genevieve Caffrey

In this episode, Dan and Michael chat with Genevieve Caffrey about her co-authored Social Education article, A Pathway to Racial Literacy: Using the LETS ACT Framework to Teach Controversial Issues.

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Episode 100

Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. King, L. J., Vickery, A. E., & Caffrey, G. (2018). A Pathway to Racial Literacy: Using the LETS ACT Framework to Teach Controversial Issues. Social Education, 82(6), 316-322.
  2. Find the framework and more on Genevieve’s site: https://www.genevievecaffrey.com/
  3. Check out our previous episodes with her co-authors on the article:
    1. Episode 11: Rethinking Black History with LaGarrett King
    2. Episode 69: The Complexity of Citizenship for Black Women Social Studies Teachers with Amanda E. Vickery
  4. Some of Michael’s favorite episodes:
    1. Episode 12: Using Films Effectively with Jeremy Stoddard
    2. Episode 19: Panel Discussion on the First Five Days of School
    3. Episode 79: Black Critical Patriotism in Elementary Social Studies with Chris Busey & Irenea Walker
    4. Episode 80: New Standards for Teaching American Slavery with Kate Shuster
    5. Episode 86: Discussing Historical Thinking with Bruce Lesh  
  5. Some of Dan’s favorite episodes:
    1. Episode 64: Elementary Social Studies with Anne-Lise Halvorsen
    2. Episode 66: Teaching Geography with Chris Heffernan
    3. Episode 81: Curriculum Theory with Mark Helmsing
    4. Episode 87: Data Visualization & Literacy in Social Studies with Tamara Shreiner
    5. Episode 26: School Equity & Resources with Nate Bowling
    6. Episode 55: Teaching Mexican-American Histories with Maribel Santiago
    7. Episode 67: American Indians in Children’s Literature with Debbie Reese
    8. Episode 76: Teaching Asian-American Histories with Noreen Naseem Rodriguez
  6. Picture Book: Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano,  Marietta Collins, & Ann Hazzard
  7. These Diana Hess resources can help with deliberation:
    1. Hess, D. E. Controversy in the classroom: The democratic power of discussion.  New York: Routledge, 2009.
    2. Hess, D. E. (2004). Discussion in social studies: Is it worth the trouble? Social Education, 68(2), 151-157.


Genevieve Caffrey is a doctoral student in the Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in justice-oriented, democratic social studies education. For 12 years she was an elementary educator and an active leader of Educators for Social Justice in St. Louis. She created the LETS ACT Framework and has presented the concept to numerous elementary educators across various cities.

One thought on “Episode 100: Teaching Racial Literacy and Controversial Issues with Genevieve Caffrey

  1. Andrea Christoff says:

    Thank you to Genevieve Caffrey for helping make teaching controversial issues seem a bit less scary! This podcast came at the perfect time for me as I write my syllabus for social studies methods and am looking for ways to help them overcome their fears. As always, Michael and Dan bring forward important issues for teachers to think about in a thoughtful, intelligent and fun way. I look forward to every episode! Thank you, Genevieve, for your commitment to social justice and thank you, Dan and Michael, for shining the spotlight on this important topic.


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