Freedom Teaching: Overcoming Racism in Education to Create Classrooms Where All Students Succeed

Freedom Teaching: Overcoming Racism in Education to Create Classrooms Where All Students Succeed

by Matthew Kincaid
Freedom Teaching: Overcoming Racism in Education to Create Classrooms Where All Students Succeed

Freedom Teaching: Overcoming Racism in Education to Create Classrooms Where All Students Succeed

by Matthew Kincaid


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Build an anti-racist and culturally responsive school environment

In Freedom Teaching, educator and distinguished anti-racism practitioner Matthew Kincaid delivers a one-stop resource for educators and educational leaders seeking to improve equity and increase the cultural responsiveness of their school. In this book, you’ll discover the meaning and fundamentals of anti-racist education and find a roadmap to reducing the impact of systemic racism in your classroom.

The author offers skills and tools he’s developed over the course of his lengthy career teaching anti-racist ideas to educators, providing readers with strategies that are effective at both the individual teacher and collective school community level. Readers will also find:

●       A thorough introduction to the idea of Freedom Teaching and creating an education system that works for all students

●       Strategies for building and maintaining anti-racist schools and classrooms

●       Important social justice lessons from unsung activists

An indispensable resource for educators, educational leaders, and anyone who wants to actualize change in our education system, Freedom Teachingbelongs in the libraries of the parents and families of students and teachers in training hoping for a better understanding on anti-racist concepts and ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119984832
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/24/2024
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 108,237
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

MATTHEW KINCAID is the Founder and CEO of Overcoming Racism, LLC, an organization that trains educators and businesses on race and equity. He has been leading anti-racism workshops for over 15 years and has been recognized as a Top 100 visionary leader by Real Leaders magazine.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Journey xi

Chapter 1: Setting Intention 1

Intention Matters 3

Agreement #1: Engage with Uncomfortable Truths 4

Agreement #2: Replace a Scarcity Mindset with a Possibility Mindset 6

Agreement #3: Embrace Your Radical Imagination 8

Agreement #4: Center Students 9

Notes 10

Chapter 2: Freedom Teaching’s Foundation 11

What Is Freedom Teaching? 13

Theory of Change 16

Change the Environment, Change the Outcomes 16

Adjust the Camera Angle 19

Use the Right Tools 21

Freedom Teaching’s Five Tenets and How to Use Them 24

Notes 25

Chapter 3: Hope That Is Radical 27

Rosa Parks and Radical Hope 28

Reclaiming Radical 31

Using Our Tools 34

Notes 37

Chapter 4: From Radical Hope to Practice 39

Sharing Power with Students 43

Strategies That Cede Power to Students 50

Notes 54

Chapter 5: Free Minds, Free Kids 55

The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste 56

Limiting Beliefs and the Cycle of Socialization 58

Aligning Our Attitudes and Our Behaviors 64

Note 65

Chapter 6: It Isn’t Rigorous, If It Isn’t Relevant 67

Embracing Our Power 67

The Freedom Teaching Model 73

Cognitive Empowerment 77

Academic Achievement 82

Academic Identity 83

Academic Proficiency 84

Critical Rigor 85

Social and Emotional Well-Being 89

Cultural Competence 90

Critical Consciousness 93

Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Environment 99

Notes 102

Chapter 7: Trouble Doesn’t Teach 103

Reinforcing the Behaviors We Want 106

Anecdote #1 111

Anecdote #2 113

Misbehaviors Are an Opportunity to Teach 115

Identify Traits and Skills of Empowered Students 118

Consider the Effect of Consequences 119

Align Consequences to Student Goals and Values 120

Aim for Consequences That Are Restorative, Student-Driven, and Community-Focused 121

Aim for Consequences That Are Consistent, Predictable, and Compassionate 123

Notes 125

Chapter 8: Cultivating a Classroom That Values Cultural Wealth 127

Culturally Affirming Education 129

What Is Cultural Wealth? 130

Aspirational Capital 131

Linguistic Capital 132

Familial Capital 134

Social Capital and Navigational Capital 136

Resistant Capital 139

Standpoint Theory and Cultural Wealth 141

Envisioning Equity 147

Notes 148

Chapter 9: Oh Freedom: Staying on the Battlefield 151

Freedom Song 154

On Hope 159

Notes 160

About the Author 161

Acknowledgments 163

Index 167

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