Crossing Boundaries - Teaching and Learning with Urban Youth

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In her new book, Valerie Kinloch, award-winning author of Harlem on Our Minds, sheds light on the ways urban youth engage in "meaning-making" experiences as a way to assert critical, creative, and highly sophisticated perspectives on teaching, learning, and survival. Kinloch rejects deficit models that have traditionally defined the literacy abilities of students of color, especially African American and Latino/a youth. In contrast, she "crosses boundaries" to listen to the voices of students attending high ...

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In her new book, Valerie Kinloch, award-winning author of Harlem on Our Minds, sheds light on the ways urban youth engage in "meaning-making" experiences as a way to assert critical, creative, and highly sophisticated perspectives on teaching, learning, and survival. Kinloch rejects deficit models that have traditionally defined the literacy abilities of students of color, especially African American and Latino/a youth. In contrast, she "crosses boundaries" to listen to the voices of students attending high school in New York City's Harlem community. In Crossing Boundaries, Kinloch uses a critical teacher-researcher lens to propose new directions for youth literacies and achievements. The text features examples of classroom engagements, student writings and presentations, discussions of texts and current events, and conversations on skills, process, achievement, and underachievement.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807752944
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2012
  • Series: Teaching for Social Justice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 775,197
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword William C. Ayers Therese Quinn ix

Foreword Shirley Brice Heath xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: "Miss, You Crazy for This": Crossing Boundaries and Collaborating for Change 1

Centering Students 4

Reaching Forward 6

1 Crossing Boundaries in Teaching and Teacher Education 10

Confronting Differences as a Meaning Making System 13

Getting Started: Crossing Boundaries as Lessons in Social Change 26

2 Equity and Diversity in Teaching and Learning: Case Studies at Perennial High School 31

A Look at East Harlem as Local Context 35

A Look at Perennial High School as Case 36

Reflections from Fieldnotes 39

Senior English at Perennial and Methodological Issues 46

Cases and Conditions: Looking Ahead 50

3 Damya's Democracy: Classrooms as Sites of Literacy Engagements 51

Getting Going and Searching for Answers 52

"You've Gotta Have...That Combo to Have Democracy": Classrooms as Sites of Engagement 55

Democratic Engagements as Situated Practice in Teaching and Learning 57

Democratic Engagements in Practice 60

Damya's Democracy: Not Yet Implications 69

4 "Who You Calling a Writer?" Sincerely, Robert and Aureliano 71

We Are Writers 73

Adopting a Writerly Stance 76

Sincerely, Robert and Aureliano 88

5 Cryin' for Christina 90

Who's Cryin'? 91

Power and People's Children 92

Literate Identities 95

Moving Out of Silence and Working Through Struggles 111

6 Beyond Classroom Teaching: Literacy and Social Justice in the Library Foyer 113

"Is This Literacy?" Learning in the Library Foyer 116

Breaking Through: On Not Relying on Assumptions 119

"Afraid of Afraid": Closing Suggestions 121

Appendix A Students in the English Course 125

Appendix B Questions from Pre-Service Teacher Education Candidates to High School Students 127

References 131

Index 139

About the Author 145

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