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LaChan V. Hannon; Michael D. Hannon – Theory Into Practice, 2024
Researchers acknowledge how the experiences of Black autistic students and their families are virtually absent from educational research and research about autistic people. This chapter offers insights and perspectives from the parents of a Black autistic child, using hooks' construct of homeplace to understand the need for safety in school…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, African American Students, School Safety
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Ian P. Levy; Natalie Edirmanasinghe; Kara Ieva – Theory Into Practice, 2024
bell hooks described homeplace as a space for love, belonging and connection that actively resists the dominant narratives within white supremacy. This article highlights how hip hop culture and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) led by school counselors can be used as a homeplace in schools, a space where students can speak on their…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Racism, School Counseling, Youth
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Lauren Mims; Marketa Burnett; Raquel Martin; Seanna Leath; Brooke Harris-Thomas – Theory Into Practice, 2024
The concept of #BlackGirlMagic has resonated with Black women and Black girls across the world. Black Girl Magic is as unique as a fingerprint and serves as an invitation for Black girls to be present as their true, most powerful selves. In reflecting on the power of Black Girl Magic for Black girls as 5 Black women in psychological science and…
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, Gender Discrimination, Age Discrimination
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Kendra Lowery; Kiara Johnson; Ra'Chelle Spearman – Theory Into Practice, 2024
School principals must play a vital role in facilitating homeplace and Black joy by promoting, modeling, and holding educators responsible for their roles in contributing to homeplace. We argue that principals can enact homeplace by embodying the tenets of culturally responsive school leadership (CSRL). The purpose of this paper is to make meaning…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Student Experience, Group Unity, Principals
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Shamari Reid – Theory Into Practice, 2024
Many scholars have documented the critical importance of youth having access to spaces of joy and homeplaces in which they learn to matter. Research has shown that Black LGBTQ+ youth often struggle to locate homeplaces and spaces of joy in K-12 schooling contexts due to societal beliefs flowing from anti-blackness, (hetero)sexism, homophobia,…
Descriptors: African American Students, LGBTQ People, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Discrimination
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E. C. M. Mason; Daniel Dosal-Terminel; Hannah Carter; Sarah York Streitmatter – Theory Into Practice, 2024
Every school counselor must be fully prepared to build homeplace and Black Joy in K-12 education. For white school counselors, this requires an ongoing personal and professional commitment to cultural humility and racial identity development. Affinity groups can be an opportunity for white school counselors to develop cultural humility, racial…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, School Counselors, Whites, Racial Relations
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Tamara K. Lawson – Theory Into Practice, 2024
Cultivating Black joy is critical, given censorship placed in schools, on Black bodies, and in the curriculum. This article conceptualizes how the dimensions of culturally responsive teaching practices can help reclaim and reconstruct Black students' sense of well-being in the classroom and their sense of Black Joy. Furthermore, this conceptual…
Descriptors: African American Students, Empowerment, Well Being, Culturally Relevant Education
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Benjamin Kearl; Renae D. Mayes; Riley Drake – Theory Into Practice, 2024
Despite growing discussions of antiracist practices and policies in PK-20 schools, education tends to critique racist structures without providing solutions that bring into the conversation the lived experiences of Black students, families, and communities. While these critiques may be helpful, we suggest these critiques omit practices and…
Descriptors: African Americans, Blacks, African American Community, African American Attitudes
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Erik M. Hines; Edward C. Fletcher Jr.; Paul C. Harris; Jerrod A. Henderson; James L. Moore III – Theory Into Practice, 2024
Black males continue to be underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Some of the barriers to representation are due to lack of exposure, academic expectations, lack of belief in one's ability, and opportunity gaps. The purpose of this article is to discuss how homeplace (Black joy, authenticity, and…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Disproportionate Representation, Self Concept
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Donna Y. Ford; James L. Moore III – Theory Into Practice, 2024
Given the abysmal underrepresentation of Black and other minoritized students in gifted and talented programs, there is a need to help them to be more effective with recruitment and retention. In this article, we maintain that the notion of someplace is important in order for educators to reverse underrepresentation. To support them, we share…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Gifted Education, Academically Gifted, African American Students
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Nesbitt, Kimberly T.; Blinkoff, Elias; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – Theory Into Practice, 2023
Research from the interdisciplinary "science of learning" indicates that children learn best when they are actively engaged in learning that is meaningful, socially interactive, iterative, and joyful. These principles coalesce in active playful learning, especially "guided play." This active, playful pedagogy enhances learning…
Descriptors: Play, Active Learning, Student Centered Learning, Educational Innovation
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Thunder, Kateri; Hattie, John; Almarode, John T.; Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Demchak, Alisha – Theory Into Practice, 2023
This article seeks to reframe how early childhood educators think about their role in play by answering these questions: What really matters in play? How should we spend our time and energy planning, implementing, and building our expertise around play in early childhood teaching and learning? The answers reside in 5 big ideas from play research…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods, Language Acquisition
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Mak, Carolyn; Koustova, Natasha – Theory Into Practice, 2023
Recess is an important and unique component of the school day, and yet there is a relative paucity of research on its impact on young children. Moreover, recesses are often perceived negatively by educators because they can detract from academic instructional time and, depending on the kind of play and interactions between students, may also be…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Social Emotional Learning, Playgrounds, Playground Activities
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Alahmari, Afnan; Alrweta, Sarah; Malkawi, Mohammad; Nacpil, Veronica; Strekalova-Hughes, Ekaterina; Young, Rachal – Theory Into Practice, 2023
This article explores advocacy practices that support teachers' integration of play and playful learning in their classrooms. Activism is a well-documented transformative aspect of the teaching profession (e.g.), which is recently experiencing heightened political pressures. At the same time, COVID-19 exacerbated existing inequities in early…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Play, Equal Education, Early Childhood Education
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Drake, Jennifer E. – Theory Into Practice, 2023
Learning how to regulate emotions is a significant developmental milestone in a child's life. It is important to understand which activities help children cope with emotionally distressing situations. One such activity, I argue, is drawing. In this article, I consider 2 ways in which drawing elevates mood in children: Drawing allows them to be…
Descriptors: Self Control, Emotional Response, Freehand Drawing, Program Effectiveness
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