The Complexion of Teaching and Learning – Episode Six: Invisible Taxes – Part 2

April 23, 2021

This episode features a candid conversation between Brandon White and Dr. Alfred Tatum, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver, as they discuss the lack of diversity in today’s teaching population.

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Episode notes:

The following scholars and texts are featured in episode six:

  • Dr. Wayne Au, professor of educational studies at University of Washington Bothell
  • Sharif El-Mekki, founder of the Center for Black Educator Development
  • Dr. Christopher Emdin, associate professor of science education at the Teachers College, Columbia University and author of “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood And The Rest of Y’all Too”
  • John B. King, CEO of The Education Trust and former Secretary of Education
  • Dr. Tiffany King, assistant professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Georgia State University
  • Dr. Alfred Tatum, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Dana Goldstein, reporter for the New York Times and the author of “The Teacher Wars”
  • “Does the Negro Need Separate Schools?” by WEB Dubois
  • “If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover” by The Education Trust
  • “Latino Education in the United States: A Narrated History from 1513–2000” by Victoria Maria-MacDonald
  • “Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis)Integration” by Sonya Douglass Horsford
  • “Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths: Perspectives and Reflections From Latino Teachers” by The Education Trust
  • “Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform” by Derrick Bell
  • “The Lost Education of Horace Tate” by Vanessa Siddle Walker
  • “We Want to Do More Than Survive” by Bettina Love


“The Complexion of Teaching and Learning” is a docu-series exploring the historical, political, and professional insights and experiences of educators of color. The series is hosted by Brandon White (Twitter: @ClassroomB), an ELA Specialist for UnboundEd and former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. To get the most out of this series, we recommend you start from episode one.