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ERIC Number: ED374173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-4
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Bringing Out the Best in Them. The Voice of Culturally Relevant Teachers in School Restructuring.
Lipman, Pauline
This paper addresses the role of successful teachers of students of color within a restructuring educational environment. It describes three successful teachers of African-American students in two restructuring schools, discusses ways in which their practices and outlooks supported the success of otherwise low-achieving students, and describes how they diverged from their schools' norms. The paper analyzes why, despite their exemplary practice, each of these African American teachers, for different reasons, had limited influence on his/her school's reform agendas. Finally, some implications are suggested for school restructuring in general. The paper's central argument is that the pedagogical knowledge, exemplary practices, and perspectives of successful teachers of students of color are resources for school change and that these resources must be recognized, legitimized, and supported as a significant component of transforming schools for all children. Based on observations made at two biracial (black and white) junior high schools, it is argued that reforms may have to address broader relations of power and dominant ideologies if these teachers and parents and communities of color are to be heard and that ways must be found to sponsor effective teachers and to ensure that these teachers have a significant voice in conversations about school change. (Contains 50 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A