June 12, 2020

Rich Milner Reboot

Rich Milner Reboot

This week on TeachLab, we’re republishing our talk with Rich Milner to emphasize his lesson of racial equity and connecting with students by bringing the real world into their classroom.

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Rich Milner, Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University joins Justin Reich to talk about his personal teaching history, and share stories of education research in schools. He presents his five mindsets of becoming a more equitable educator, and discusses the common reluctance to bring race into the classroom. 

“ if you're going to do work that is emancipatory, if you're going to engage work that is transformative, if you're going to engage work that meets the needs of every young person with whom you work. Then you've got to consider race. “

  • Rich’s Teaching History
  • Deficit Mindset
  • Colorblindness
  • Myth of Meritocracy
  • Context Neutral Mindsets
  • Understanding Cultural Conflicts


About Our Guest: Dr. Rich Milner

Rich Milner is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Professor Milner began his career at Vanderbilt University where he was appointed Lois Autrey Betts Associate Professor of Education and Associate Professor of Education in the Departments of Teaching and Learning and, by courtesy, Associate Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations as well as founding director of the graduate program, Learning, Diversity and Urban Studies at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, in 2008, he became the first Black person to earn promotion and tenure in the entire College of Education’s history. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education. In particular, Professor Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools.


Additional Resources for Teachers and other Listeners:

Read Rich Milner’s new book: “Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms (Second Edition).

Check out our course: Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices on MIT’s Open Learning Library

Explore our Reading and Resources for Equity Teaching Practices




Produced by Aimee Corrigan and Garrett Beazley

Edited by Kate Ellis

Recorded by Garrett Beazley

Mixed by Corey Schreppel

Filmed by Denez McAdoo


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