Brilliant Teaching: Using Culture and Artful Thinking to Close Equity Gaps

Brilliant Teaching: Using Culture and Artful Thinking to Close Equity Gaps

by Adeyemi Stembridge
Brilliant Teaching: Using Culture and Artful Thinking to Close Equity Gaps

Brilliant Teaching: Using Culture and Artful Thinking to Close Equity Gaps

by Adeyemi Stembridge


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Think like an artist and design a classroom that works—well—for everyone

In Brilliant Teaching, you will come to understand that equity—when we view it from an informed, multi-layered, and artistic perspective—is the essential purpose of teaching. As education thought leader Dr. Adeyemi Stembridge argues, true equity does not need to defend or justify itself against detractors. Teaching for equity means creating student-centered opportunities that match the social, political, and economic context of the learning environment. Informed by both theory and extensive collaboration with K-12 teachers, Brilliant Teaching will help you develop a deep understanding of culture, one that you can leverage in order to be responsive to students.

This book draws from a range of disciplines, including but going well beyond the post-modern and critical-theory-based discourse that dominate conversations today. Brilliant Teaching also pulls from art theory, cultural psychology, cognitive science, and learning theory, as well as classic historical texts within education. With this broad foundation, Dr. Stembridge offers an empowering, engaging approach that educators can use to help learners reach their own goals, and to move society onward and upward.

  • Discover practices that you can use to provide vulnerable students with high quality, effective, and meaningful learning opportunities
  • Learn to empathize with and respond to your students in a way that will engage and empower them in rigorous learning experiences
  • Embrace artful thinking and an integrated understanding of culture in your approach to equity in the classroom
  • View the K-12 classroom with a more expansive mindset and fresh ideas from an expert educator

For K-12 educators, preservice teachers, parents, school board members, and policymakers, this book is a breath of fresh air and inspiration in a world where culturally responsive teaching is increasingly recognized as a must.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119901129
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/06/2023
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 374,188
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Adeyemi Stembridge is an educational consultant specializing in equity-focused school improvement. He works with districts around the country to identify root causes of achievement gaps and formulate pedagogy and policy-based efforts to redress the underperformance of vulnerable student populations. Dr. Stembridge holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the School of Education, Teaching, and Health at American University, a Master of Arts degree in Literature from Old Dominion University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Norfolk State University.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Do I, or Do I Not, Take This Picture? xiv

What Is This Book About? xvi

To Whom Am I Speaking? xx

Part One Culturally Responsive Artmaking Teaching 1

One What Does It Mean to Think Like an Artist? 5

What Is Artmaking? 7

Social Learning 15

Notes on Artmaking: Influence and Inspiration 29

Chapter Notes 31

Two Defining Equity and the Problem of Fairness 35

A Problem of Fairness 37

Measured by Outputs 39

Quality and Effective 44

Difference ≠ Deficits 50

What Schools Can Do 60

Notes on Artmaking: The Heart of Equity 61

Chapter Notes 64

Three Shifting Paradigms 69

Equity Problems of Practice 71

Race 76

Nonstarters 83

Notes on Artmaking: Layered Methodologies 88

Chapter Notes 92

Four Artmaking— As an Equity Issue 95

What Does It Mean to Understand? 97

The Role of Culture Relative to Achievement 108

Notes on Artmaking: Composition 127

Chapter Notes 128

Part Two The Culturally Responsive Artmaking Teacher (In) You 131

Five 12 Days of Instruction 135

Seating Charts, Volcanoes, and Different Glimpses of Themselves 137

Week 1: Planning (Structure and Process) 142

Week 2: Superpowers, Not Hacks 149

Week 3: From Compliance to Agency 160

“Something Has to Work Better .” 167

Notes on Artmaking: Ordinary Resurrections 169

Six Improvisation 173

Make It into a Melody 175

Uncertainty 177

Imprint the Memory 179

Notes on Artmaking: Have Students Translate the Melody 181

Chapter Notes 182

Seven Story 183

Our Job Is to Be a Storyteller 185

The Star of the Show 186

The Story Unfolds as a Question 188

Notes on Artmaking: The Power of Story 189

Chapter Note 190

Eight Audience 193

A Captive Audience 195

A Good Classroom Is Supportive of New Ideas 197

In Defense of Incentives 199

Notes on Artmaking: Incentives Are Not the Reward 208

Chapter Notes 210

Nine The Art of Culturally Responsive Assessments 211

A Culture of Responsive Assessments 213

Why Are Performative Assessments More Equitable Than Traditional “Standardized” Assessments? 215

Measure It Performatively 221

Notes on Artmaking: “They Weren’t Taking Cues Off of Me.” 228

Afterword 231

Brilliance 232

Brilliant Teaching is Philosophizing 234

References 237

Index 255

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