Raising Black Students' Achievement through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Raising Black Students' Achievement through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Raising Black Students' Achievement through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Raising Black Students' Achievement through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Synopsis

In this book, Johnnie McKinley presents the results of her in-depth study of a group of teachers in grades 3-8 who managed to radically narrow the achievement gap between their black and white students by using a set of culturally responsive strategies in their classrooms. McKinley uses the educators' own words and illustrative "virtual walkthroughs" of lessons in action to examine these strategies in detail. In addition, the book includes

• An overview of the research literature on effective responses to the achievement gap;

• Instructions for conducting classroom walkthroughs, including a series of feedback forms that teachers can use to conduct walkthroughs in their schools; and

• A comprehensive guide to the author's Teaming for Culturally Responsive Classrooms (TCRC) model--an innovative multistep framework for assessing the cultural responsiveness of teaching strategies in schools.

Educators have been struggling for decades to remedy the disparity in academic outcomes between black and white students. This book shows how one remarkable group of teachers harnessed the power of culturally responsive teaching to do just that. By following the path outlined in Raising Black Students' Achievement Through Culturally Responsive Teaching, you too can help your black students to become engaged, self-confident, and successful learners.

Excerpt

In this book, Johnnie McKinley reveals the depth of her caring about black students’ learning and describes the beliefs and values that exceptional teachers and their students follow as they grow and learn together. By sharing educators’ stories, Johnnie introduces readers to classrooms where learning is continuous, where teachers and students respect each other, and where principals and teachers alike approach teaching students of color from a position of efficacy and confidence. Readers are sure to be entertained, fascinated, and enlightened by the insights they gain from these teachers’ stories. They will also learn how to set and maintain expectations; establish positive social interactions; and design, implement, and assess culturally responsive teaching strategies that bring about high-quality learning.

School environments today are characterized by increasing diversity of languages among incoming students, conflict over beliefs about what students should be required to learn, and considerable divergence in thinking about the very importance of schools. It has never been more critical that students learn to think well, to understand information, to develop effective skills for using information to solve complex problems, and to communicate ideas. The strategies illustrated in Raising Black Students’ Achievement through Culturally Responsive Teaching will help teachers achieve these important goals and, thereby, reduce learning gaps between black and white students.

Daisy Arredondo Rucinski Professor, University of Alabama Spring 2010 . . .

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