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ERIC Number: ED496639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 256
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5792-2146-1
White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide to Building Inclusive Schools, Promoting High Expectations, and Eliminating Racism
Landsman, Julie, Ed.; Lewis, Chance W., Ed.
Stylus Publishing, LLC
For African Americans, school is often not a place to learn but a place of low expectations and failure. In urban schools with concentrations of poverty, often fewer than half the ninth graders leave with a high school diploma. In this book, Black and White teachers provide an insightful approach to inclusive and equitable teaching and illustrate its transformative power to bring about success. This book encourages reflection and self-examination, and calls for understanding how students can achieve and expecting the most from them. It demonstrates what is involved in terms of recognizing often-unconscious biases, confronting institutional racism where it occurs, surmounting stereotyping, adopting culturally relevant teaching, connecting with parents and the community, and integrating diversity in all activities. This book is replete with examples of practice and telling insights that will engage teachers in practice or in service. It should have a place in every classroom in colleges of education. Its empowering message applies not just to teachers of Black students, but illuminates teaching in every racially diverse setting. This book is divided into five parts. Part One, Foundations of Our Work: Recognizing Power and Privilege, contains: (1) Being White: Invisible Privileges of a New England Prep School Girl (Julie Landsman). Part Two, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: How Do We Do It? includes the following chapters: (2) Yes, But How Do We Do It? Practicing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (Gloria Ladson-Billings); (3) The Empty Desk In The Third Row: Experiences of an African American Male Teacher (Robert W. Simmons); (4) Educating Black Males: Interview with Professor Emeritus Joseph White, Ph.D., Author of Black Man Emerging (Julie Landsman); (5) The Unintentional Undermining of Multicultural Education: Educators at the Equity Crossroads; and (6) But Good Intentions Are Not Enough: Theoretical and Philosophical Relevance in Teaching Students of Color (H. Richard Milner). Part Three, Expecting the Most: How White Teachers Can Ensure African American Achievement, includes the following chapters: (7) White Women's Work: On the Front Land Of Urban Education (Stephen D. Hancock); (8) Low Expectations Are the Worst Form of Racism (Carolyn L. Holbrook); (9) I Don't Understand Why My African American Students Are Not Achieving: An Exploration Of The Connection Among Personal Power, Teachers' Perceptions and The Academic Engagement Of African American Students (Verna Cornelia Price); (10) African American Student-Athletes and White Teachers' Classroom Interactions: Implications for Teachers, Coaches, and Administrators (Bruce B. Douglas, Esrom Dubois Pitre, and Chance W. Lewis); (11) Tips for School Principals and Teachers: Helping Black Students Achieve (Dorothy F. Garrison-Wade and Chance W. Lewis); and (12) Black/African American Families: Coming of Age in Predominately White Communities. Part Four, The Truly Reflective Teacher, contains the following chapters: (13) Connecting to the Community: Speaking the Truth without Hesitation (Ann B. Miser); (14) Practicing What We Teach: Experiences with Reflective Practice and Critical Engagement (Miles Anthony Irving); and (15) Conversation--A Necessary Step in Understanding Diversity: A New Teacher Plans for Competency (Jane Nicolet). Part Five, Creating Activist Classroom Communities, contains the following chapters: (16) When Truth and Joy Are at Stake: Challenging the Status Quo in the High School English Class (Julie Landsman); (17) Incorporation of Multiculturalism into Art Education (Susan Leverett Dodd and Mile Anthony Irving); (18) Preparing Teachers to Develop Inclusive Communities (Sharon R. Ishii-Jordan); (19) How Can Service-Learning Increase the Academic Achievement of Urban African American Students? (Verna Cornelia Price); and (20) Culturally Responsive School-Community Partnerships: Strategy for Success (Bridgie A. Ford).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A