This much-needed book will help schools and, by extension, society to better understand and identify the promise, potential, and possibilities of Black boys. Drawing from their wealth of experience in early childhood education, the authors present an asset- and strengths-based view of educating Black boys. This positive approach enables practitioners and school leaders to recognize, understand, and cultivate the diversity of social skills of Black boys in the early grades (pre-K-3rd grade). Each chapter begins with a vignette to illustrate what is lost when Black boys are prevented from participating freely in boyhood, having to instead attend to adult and peer interactions and attitudes that view them as "bad boys" and "troublemakers." This accessible book provides teachers with classroom strategies to help young Black boys achieve their highest potential, along with other resources for supporting their social-emotional development, such as a reading list of authentic multicultural children's books with Black boys as protagonists.
Book Features:Challenges deficit views of Black boys in order to transform the way schools and society think, talk, and write about them.Provides culturally responsive strategies for engaging Black boys and fostering healthy self-identity and agency.Discusses the importance of critical self-reflection to examine attitudes and practices that inform how teachers engage with children and families.Examines how school officials, beginning in early childhood, can stop the adultification and criminalization of Black boys.
Publisher: Teachers' College Press
Number of pages: 168
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"I like to think that the brilliance of this book is that it serves as a beacon; a reminder that we are not simply teachers and teachers-to-be of Black boys...Wright and Counsell provide us with an instructional foundation grounded in asset-based theoretical frameworks and supported by research-based evidence that affords us the chance to create pedagogical encounters that allow our Black boys to shine. By doing so, we as educators and educators-to-be will have the privilege of watching them glow and ensuring that while their light may occasionally flicker, it will never be extinguished." Teachers College Record
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