The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children / Edition 2by Gloria Ladson-Billings, Gloria LadsonâBillings, Ladson-billings
Pub. Date: 03/30/2009
In the second edition of her critically acclaimed book The Dreamkeepers, Gloria Ladson-Billings revisits the eight teachers who were profiled in the first edition and introduces us to new teachers who are current exemplars of good teaching. She shows that culturally relevant teaching is not a matter of race, gender, or teaching style. What
In the second edition of her critically acclaimed book The Dreamkeepers, Gloria Ladson-Billings revisits the eight teachers who were profiled in the first edition and introduces us to new teachers who are current exemplars of good teaching. She shows that culturally relevant teaching is not a matter of race, gender, or teaching style. What matters most is a teacher's efforts to work with the unique strengths a child brings to the classroom. A brilliant mixture of scholarship and storytelling, The Dreamkeepers challenges us to envision intellectually rigorous and culturally relevant classrooms that have the power to improve the lives of not just African American students, but all children. This new edition also includes questions for reflection.
Praise for the First Edition
"The Dreamkeepers keeps hope alive for educating young African Americans."
—Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, president and founder, National Rainbow Coalition
"The Dreamkeepers is an immensely important and useful book for teachers and teacher educators. . . . In a creative, credible, and persuasive way, Gloria Ladson-Billings has made a major contribution to the field of multicultural education."
—JaCqueline Jordan Irvine, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Urban Education,Emory University
"Ladson-Billings integrates scholarly research with stories of eight successful teachers in a predominantly African American school district to illustrate that the 'dream' of all teachers and parents—academic success for all children—is alive and can be emulated."
"Here is a book filled with pride and questions that should stimulate anyone interested in improving education."
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Table of Contents
Foreword to the New Edition vii
The Author xxi
1 A Dream Deferred 1
2 Does Culture Matter? 17
3 Seeing Color, Seeing Culture 33
4 We Are Family 59
5 The Tree of Knowledge 85
6 Culturally Relevant Teaching 111
7 Making Dreams into Reality 139
Appendix A Methodology 179
Appendix B Context 193
Discussion Questions 221
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I'm a sixth-grade English teacher, and I've always needed to implement pride in my black students. This book should be read by all African American teachers. Education is widely needed in the black community, and this book will put us looking in the right direction. Another book that deals with the education of black kids is 'Why do I have to be your Nigger? Theories in Niggativity.'
As a candiate for a Master Degree in Social Studies Education I was advice to read this book over my X-Mas break and I feel in love with it right after the first 5 pgs. Ms. Billings brings so many things to life in this book that it is crucial for all new and experience teachers to read if they want to teach students of color. This is a must read for educators of any race, religion, or background.