Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students

Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students

by Robert Jackson


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"They don't care about their education." "They are not capable of learning." "I can't work with them." "I can't get through to them." Just as you may have thought these things about your students, they, too, may have similar thoughts about you: "She doesn't care about my education." "He is not capable of understanding me." "I can't work with her." "I can't get through to him."

While all students in your class, building, or school district need your support, the Black and Latino male students—the most underserved, suspended, and expelled students in education—need you to understand them as you support them so that they can thrive academically.

In Becoming the Educator They Need, former professional athlete turned educator Robert Jackson reminds teachers and administrators that although "a great majority of all the stories in the news about Black and Latino males are negative," these young men—the most likely to be incarcerated, drop out of school, and become victims of homicide—need you to work through any biases you may have and internalize and employ the five core beliefs and mindsets necessary to best serve your Black and Latino male students, the six core values for teaching Black and Latino males, and the 11 characteristics of strong, healthy relationships and become the educator that these students need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416628200
Publisher: ASCD
Publication date: 08/14/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 125,319
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Robert Jackson began his teaching career with a no-nonsense but caring approach to education in Indianapolis public schools more than 20 years ago—after being cut from the NFL (Minnesota Vikings). Wanting to make a bigger impact in education, he created a No More Excuses curriculum—which has been featured in publications nationally and is being used in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities in the United States and Canada.

Jackson, one of the most sought-after experts on teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socioemotional learning, working with students who have experienced trauma, and how to educate Black and Latino males in the country, received his Bachelor's of Science degree in industrial technology from Western Kentucky University. He has delivered numerous keynote addresses and continually holds workshops for educators, administrators, parents, and students. The author of five books (Black Men Stand Up, A Boys Guide to Manhood, A Young Woman's Guide to Womanhood, Put a Stop to Bullying, and Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males), Jackson has written articles for ASCD's Educational Leadership and Education Update. He has spoken at the national conferences of many professional organizations, including ASCD, SDE, CAAASA, NABSE, SREB, School Discipline, and ESEA National Title One.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Cultural Awareness: Understanding the Realities of Life for Black and Latino Males 1

Chapter 2 Culturally Aware Teaching Practices 19

Chapter 3 Core Beliefs and Mindsets of a Culturally Responsive Educator 47

Chapter 4 Building Strong Relationships with Your Students and Staff 71

Final Thoughts 101

References 105

Index 109

About the Author 115

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