Change Is Gonna Come Transforming Literacy Education for African American Students

ISBN-10: 0807750840

ISBN-13: 9780807750841

Edition: 2010

Authors: Patricia A. Edwards, Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, Jennifer D. Turner, Carol D. Lee

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While many books decry the crisis in the schooling of African American children, they are often disconnected from the lived experiences and work of classroom teachers and principals. In Change Is Gonna Come, the authors look back to go forward, providing specific practices that K-12 literacy educators can use to transform their schools. The text addresses four major debates: the fight for access to literacy; supports and roadblocks to success; best practices, theories, and perspectives on teaching African American students; and the role of African American families in the literacy lives of their children. Throughout, the authors highlight the valuable lessons learned from the past and include real stories from their own diverse family histories and experiences as teachers, parents, and community members.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

� Guofang Li, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Senior Researcher at the Literacy Achievement Research Center at Michigan State University, where she teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in second-language and literacy education. Her research focuses on ESL/ELL education, family and community literacy, and Asian American education. Dr. Li has been honored with the Early Career Award from Division G, Social Context of Education, of the American Educational Research Association, among other awards. Her books include the authored volume Culturally Contested Pedagogy, which won the Edward B. Fry Book Award from the National Reading Conference. � Patricia A. Edwards, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education and Senior University Outreach Fellow at Michigan State University, where she is also Senior Researcher at the Literacy Achievement Research Center. Her research addresses issues of culture, identity, equity, and power that affect families and schools. Dr. Edwards is a recipient of the Teacher-Scholar Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award from MSU. She served as the first African American President of the National Reading Conference and is currently President (2010-2011) of the International Reading Association. She is the author of two nationally acclaimed family literacy programs and a number of books.

Introduction: Hope, Literacy, and the State of African American Education Today
"I Hate School": Low Literacy and Low Life Chances
Narrow Definitions of Literacy and Literate Practices
Factors That Confound Literacy Achievement
Language Issues
Moving Forward With Hope
The Fight for Access to Literacy
Narrative Beginnings-Rev. M.T. Thompson: "Lifted from Red Clay by Red Words"
The Fight for Access in a Contemporary Classroom-Elena: "I Don't Belong in Special Education, and I'm Not Staying There"
Looking Back to Go Forward: A Historical Perspective
Government Intervention
The Struggle Continues
The Multiple Meanings of Success: Tensions, Conflicts, and Crises for African American Students
Narrative Beginnings-Jennifer D. Turner: "Success Is Tryin' to Make It in Two Worlds"
Stories from African American Elementary Students: Trying to Be "Cool" in Contemporary Classrooms
Looking Back to Go Forward: Reclaiming the Meaning(s) of Success
Multiple Meanings of Success
Resisting School Success
Reclaiming School Success
The Struggle Continues
Teaching African American Students: Approaches and Best Practices
Narrative Beginnings-Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon: Confidence + Culture Shock = Double Consciousness
A Contemporary Success Story-David Benjamin McMillon: "I'm a Brotha' Who Can Dance, Play the Drums, and Win the Science Fair"
Looking Back to Go Forward: Teaching Other People's Children
Best Practices for Teaching African American Students
Best Practices for Preparing Teachers to Teach African American Students
The Struggle Continues
Village or Villain: The Role of African American Families
Narrative Beginnings-Patricia A. Edwards: "A Family That Values Education"
A Contemporary Narrative: Literacy Learning Across Generations
Looking Back to go Forward: The Beginning of Parent Involvement in the United States
African American Parents' Responsibilities for Their Children
The American Family: A Changing Institution
Poverty and the Changing American Family
Struggling with Children and Parents
Dealing with Families: A Double Standard
Parents are Not All the Same
Learning About Cultural Issues Involving Families and Communities
The Need to Build Teams and Networks: The Struggle Continues
The Road to Redemption: Moving from Victims to Victors
Narrative Beginnings-Pat, Gwen, and Jen Committed to Making a Difference: "All of Us Are Smarter Than One of Us"
Contemporary Teachable Moments: Learning to Share
Looking Back to Go Forward: Summary of the Four Debates
Taking Steps to Build and Maintain a Healthy Village
A Call to Action: Am I My Brother's Keeper?
About the Authors
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