Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today's Classrooms

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"Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There addresses a crucial issue in teacher training and professional education: the need to prepare pre-service and in-service teachers for the racially diverse student populations in their classrooms. A down-to-earth book, it aims to help practitioners develop insights and skills for successfully educating diverse student bodies. The book centers on case studies that exemplify the challenges, pitfalls, and opportunities facing teachers in diverse classrooms. These case studies—of white and African American teachers working (and preparing to work) in urban and suburban settings—are presented amid more general discussions about race and teaching in contemporary schools. Informing these discussions and the cases themselves is their persistent attention to opportunity gaps that need to be fully grasped by teachers who aim to understand and promote the success of students of greatly varying backgrounds. Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There arises out of recent scholarship about race and education, but it is more directly inspired by the pressing need for useful and credible guidance for professional educators in diverse classrooms. It will prove indispensable to teachers, administrators, and scholars alike."
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“If you thought excellent teaching is based on instinct rather than learning, think again. Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There offers wonderfully vivid case studies of practicing teachers who have learned to succeed teaching students who come from backgrounds dissimilar from—and sometimes similar to—their own. In this significant and uplifting book, Milner shares his optimism and his wisdom about teachers’ potential to become border-crossers who can reach all of their students by first reaching into themselves.” — Christine Sleeter, professor emerita, California State University, Monterey Bay, and president, National Association for Multicultural Education

“This engaging and informative book is enriched by compelling examples of teachers in the process of becoming adept at their craft. Milner provides educators with the knowledge, insights, and inspiration that will help them to create schools in which all students have equal opportunities to learn.” — James A. Banks, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and founding director, Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle

“A thoughtful and insightful analysis of what it takes to educate all children, especially those who have traditionally been poorly served by our nation’s schools. The ideas and recommendations presented in this book will serve as useful guides to educators, policy makers, and others who are seeking ways to create successful schools.” — Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

“The stories Milner tells about instructional competence, caring, and facilitation are compelling examples of culturally responsive teaching in action and effect. They show that educational excellence is truly possible for children of color in U. S. schools.” — Geneva Gay, professor of curriculum and instruction, University of Washington

“This book is a must-read for educators at all levels. It showcases teachers and students improving together and doing what it takes to succeed. We will use this book as a resource for turning around our school!” — Perry L. Daniel, principal, Prescott Middle School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934742761
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Publishing Group (H E P G)
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 264,471
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Richard Milner IV is associate professor of education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.
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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    An excellent guide for teachers!

    This fascinating book takes the standard idea of an achievement gap and replaces it with the much more helpful concept of an opportunity gap which teachers can work to combat. It's full of classroom-specific suggestions which cover a variety of disciplines and situations. The helpful summaries, tables of recommendation and reflection questions designed for teachers make it easy to transfer the theory to one's own classroom in practice, and the broad approach of the different case studies used means that there is something for everyone. As an educator, it is difficult to find books on education that present theory in such a way that it can actually be used in a classroom. Milner's work does just that. His case studies of real teachers in real classrooms frame his excellent theory with examples from actual practice that are incredibly helpful. Additionally, the book includes subjects other than the humanities. As a math teacher, I have repeatedly opened books on this topic only to discover that the only examples they included were for, say, an English class. There are enough disciplines represented here that any teacher can use the material, and the extremely understandable writing makes this an ideal work to have on your shelf.

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