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What does it mean to be "in between"?
As more biracial and multiracial students enter the classroom, educators have begun to critically examine the concept of race. Through compelling student and teacher narratives, best-selling author Bonnie M. Davis gives voice to a frequently mislabeled and misunderstood segment of the population. Filled with research-based instructional strategies and reflective questions, the book supports readers in examining
The meaning of race, difference, and ethnicity
How mixed-identity students develop racial identities
How to adjust instruction to demonstrate cultural proficiency
Complex questions to help deepen understanding of bi-and multiracial experiences, white privilege, and the history of race in the U.S.
This sensitively written yet practical guide fills a gap in the professional literature by examining the experiences of biracial and multiracial students in the context of today's classrooms. The author calls upon readers to take a transformational journey toward racial literacy and ultimately become empowered by a real understanding of what it means to be biracial or multiracial and enable all students to experience increased self-confidence and believe in their ability to succeed.
About the Author viii
1 Beginning the Journey 1
2 What Is Race? 14
3 What Are You? 31
4 What Are the Challenges for Multiracial Students? 50
5 How Mixed-Identity Students Develop Racial Identities 66
6 Reaching Out to Other Professionals to Learn What I Don't Know 77
7 The Impact of Skin Color 87
8 Parent Voices 97
9 A Call to Action: Culturally Proficient Suggestions and Strategies 113
10 Future Voices 127
11 The Journey's End and Next Steps 139
Selected Bibliography 142