On a mission to transform education for children of color

Author and educator Alexs Pate launched Innocent Classroom in 2012 with a vision to eliminate the power of racial stereotypes in our schools through authentic relationships between teacher and child. More than 8,000 educators in 300 schools are using the Innocent Classroom.

Alexs’s teacher-by-teacher, school-by-school approach shows results where other efforts have failed.


At work in more than 300 schools and programs.

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Over 8,000 teachers practicing our strategies.

Meet Our Team

Dua Ci Khang

Partnerships Coordinator

Kania Johnson

Program Trainer

Le'Shon Archie

Program Trainer


Our partners share our commitment to transforming the American education system. We work with school districts, individual school partners, and other organizations to build strong, positive, impactful connections between educators and students of color.

  • — Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis, MN)
  • — St. Paul Public Schools
  • — St. Paul Promise Neighborhood
  • — Onamia Public Schools
  • — Omaha Public Schools
  • — Washoe County Public Schools (Reno, NV)
  • — Richfield Public Schools (MN)
  • — Minnesota Reading Corps
  • — Equity Alliance MN
  • — Friendship Academy of the Arts
  • — Minnesota Humanities Center
  • — Providence Public Schools (RI)
  • — ACE Charter School Network (San José, CA)
  • — Partner for Student Success - StriveTogether Network Member
  • — St. Cloud Public Schools
  • — Keewaydin Elementary School - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • — Eastern Carver County Schools
  • — St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations
  • — Mardag Foundation
  • — F.R. Bigelow Foundation
  • — McKnight Foundation
  • — St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

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