College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Parent Association Workshop Series

The Holton-Arms Parents Association invites parents to a series of workshops addressing anti-racist parenting and education with author, educator and researcher Dr. Ali Michael.

These workshops are designed to provide parents and guardians with time, space, and support to discuss and develop a deeper understanding of their part in building a healthy multi-racial community. Over a series of three evenings throughout the year, Dr. Michael will lead members of the Holton parent/guardian community in discussions that explore the importance of raising children with a positive racial identity, how to discuss issues of race and racism with white children at home, and how to practice anti-racism at home, at school, and in the wider world. These workshops for all parents and guardians are designed to support the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind we are cultivating in all of our students here at Holton-Arms. Parent participation in these workshops is integral to our community’s journey towards becoming an anti-racist institution and community.

Workshop 1:
Building a Healthy Anti-Racist Community: What do we need to know? will be held on Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, via Zoom. Subsequent workshops are scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2021, and Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Please RSVP to Dani Aronson to attend this special event and receive Zoom details. We encourage parents and guardians of all racial identities to familiarize themselves with Dr. Michael’s work by watching her TED Talk, “How Can I Have a Positive Racial Identity? I'm White!,” and joining us for this first workshop. See Dr. Micheal’s Bio below.

Ali Michael, PhD.

As the Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, Ali Michael works with schools and organizations across the country to help make research on race, Whiteness, and education more accessible and relevant to educators. Ali is the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press), the bestselling Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2017, Corwin Press), and the forthcoming co-edited book Teaching Brilliant and Beautiful Black Girls (Corwin Press). Ali sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. Her article, What do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. When she is not writing, speaking, or training, Ali is striving to be an anti-racist co-parent to two amazing young kids. More information is available at