The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children / Edition 2

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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.

In The Dreamkeepers, Gloria Ladson-Billings draws on her own educational experience as an African American student, teacher, and parent to highlight a handful of individuals and programs that are turning dreams into reality. Ladson-Billings celebrates eight exemplary teachers who share an approach to teaching that affirms and strengthens cultural identity.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Although statistics paint a harsh picture of the education of African American children, Ladson-Billings (curriculum and instruction, Univ. of Wisconsin) 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. The presentation of examples from "intellectually rigorous and challenging classrooms" emphasizes the cultural and social aspects of the issues in education as a whole. The author's own experiences as a student and teacher of teachers support the need to make the problems of African American children a central issue in any debate on the American educational system. The in-depth bibliographical notes and the excellent appendixes discussing the methodology and the context of the study should be useful for education students and the libraries serving them.-A.R. Huggins, Memphis State Univ. Libs.
Ladson-Billings (education, U. of Wisconsin, Madison) examines eight exemplary teachers who differ in personal style and methods but share an approach to teaching that affirms cultural identity. Her portraits, interwoven with personal reflections derived from her experience as a scholar, teacher, and parent, present intellectually challenging and culturally relevant classrooms that promise to improve the lives of all students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470408155
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 117,800
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Previously, she served on the faculty of Santa Clara University and worked as a teacher and consultant in the Phila-delphia public school system. She is the former president of the American Educational Research Association, and was elected to the National Academy of Education. Dr. Ladson-Billings is the author and editor of numerous articles and books, including The Dreamkeepers, Crossing Over to Canaan, and Beyond the Big House.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Edition.


The Author.

1. A Dream Deferred.

2. Does Culture Matter?

3. Seeing Color, Seeing Culture.

4. We Are Family.

5. The Tree of Knowledge.

6. Culturally Relevant Teaching.

7. Making Dreams into Reality.


Appendix A: Methodology.

Appendix B: Context.



Discussion Questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    The Teacher's Guide for African-American Teachers!

    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.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Any inspire teaching must read...

    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.

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