This timely book counters the devastatinging effects of racism on children's learning with a focus on "revolutionary love". Sharing ways they've overcome personal and professional challenges in their teaching, the authors show readers how to unpack unconscious biases and examine common, but inherently racist practices that make learning difficult or impossible for many children of color. They offer in return practices that affirm and celebrate all students' identities, languages, and cultures- building a community of engaged, valued, and thoughtful learners. You'll find guidelines for selecting diverse children's books, and ways to use those books in reading and writing lessons that help children identify both glaring and veiled forms of racism and take an anti-racist stance. If you want to create a vibrant classroom community that honors the funds of knowledge that children of color and their families bring to school, this is the book for you.
Key Features :
i : Provides tools for exploring oneself, one's systems, and one's curriculum to gather baseline information to create more inclusive, culturally sensitive environments for children. ii : Suggests teaching ideas that can be applied seamlessly and smoothly to the existing reading and writing program iii : Offers guidelines for reaching out to families and the community to enhance curriculum iv : Speaks to all concerned teachers, regardless of their own cultural background, geographic location, or class make-up v : Authors have worked as classroom teachers, university researchers, and teacher educators