Marginal Syllabus 2019-20 (November)—Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education

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Author Samuel Jaye Tanner joins NWP Radio to talk about his article, “Whiteness is a White Problem: Whiteness in English Education.” Our guests discuss how white people in an American context have problems with race that are distinct from the racism people of color experience, and how white English educators can rethink their roles in dismantling white supremacy.

This discussion launches the second iteration of LEARN, a Marginal Syllabus co-developed with the National Writing Project (NWP) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). During each month, from November to June during the 2019-20 academic year, we will collaboratively read and discuss an article, published in four different NCTE journals, that investigates the intersection of literacy and equity. Refer to the 2019-20 syllabus for information on all the annotatable readings; these will go “live” on the first Monday of each month, along with related events hosted by the National Writing Project.


  • Sam Tanner, Assistant Professor, PennState
  • Andrea Zellner, Literacy Consultant, Oakland Schools (MI)
  • Christina Cantrill, Associate Director of National Programs, National Writing Project
  • Joe Dillon, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Teacher, Rangeview High School in Aurora Public Schools in Colorado; Denver Writing Project Teacher-Consultant
  • Remi Kalir, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development

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