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How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You

How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You
Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

Second Edition

Foreword by Curtis Linton

October 2012 | 312 pages | Corwin
Engage diverse learners in your classroom with culturally responsive instruction!

This second edition includes new or expanded coverage of Latino students, ELLs, immigrant students, race, and racial identity, and new coverage of standards-based, culturally responsive lesson planning and instruction, differentiated instruction, RTI, and the Common Core State Standards. This book helps all educators tailor instruction to their unique student population and:

Reflect on their cultures and how this shapes their views of the world

Cultivate a deeper understanding of race and racism in the U.S.

Create culturally responsive instruction

Understand how culture affects learning

Foreword by Curtis Linton
About the Author
How to Read the Book
Part I. Looking Inside Ourselves
1. Our Culture: The Way We View the World
2. Reflection Questions for Examining Our Inner Selves
3. Exploring Our Racial Identity Through Our Racial History
4. What Is Race?
5. A Day in the Life . . .
Part II. Listening to and Learning From Others
6. What Do We Need to Know About Culturally Diverse Learners?
7. Latino/a/Hispanic Learners: A Personal Story
8. New Immigrant Learners of the Twenty-First Century
9. What the Research Says About Learning Gaps
10. How to Build Relationships With Culturally Diverse Students and Families
11. Creating a School Culture That Welcomes Students, Staff, and Families
Part III. Integrating New Knowledge
12. Strategies to Teach and Engage Culturally Diverse Learners and ELs
13. Moving Students From Apathy to Passion: Learning to Love Reading and Writing
14. Standards-Based, Culturally Responsive Lessons That Engage Learners
15. Readers and Writers Workshop: A Model for Standards-Based, Culturally Responsive Instruction
16. Teachers in Today's Classrooms Share Their Lessons
Part IV. A Call to Action
17. A Call to Action: Sponsoring Academic Student Support Groups
18. A Call to Action: Taking Care of Yourself
References and Resources

"Bonnie has a wealth of experience across diverse settings, in diverse schools, and with many different ages of students, and this is clear throughout the manuscript. This text offers an enormous array of strategies that have been built over time and through many experiences. Educators who purchase her books are given a massive learning & experiential shortcut!”

Christi Boortz, Grant Writer/Coordinator
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Augustine, FL

“Its no-nonsense approaches to the needs of these students coupled with examples and vignettes which support these needs, provide a strong case and purpose for meeting the needs of these students. Educators can no long ‘teach to the middle,’ to do so is an injustice, and cannot continue.”

Deborah D. Wragge, Professional Services Coordinator
Educational Service Unit 7, NE

“If you are an educator who wonders, ‘What else can I do to help my students of color?’ Bonnie Davis has something for you. Be prepared to reflect on the importance of your own racial experience while you are introduced to strategy after strategy for working effectively across lines of race and culture.”

Graig Meyer, Coordinator, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Chapel Hill, NC

“Dr. Bonnie Davis’ original text, How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You has been a valuable resource during my instruction of diversity. I look forward to the new edition and adding it to my syllabus.”

Betty Porter Walls, Assistant Professor
Harris Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO

“This text 'fires up' educators by speaking from the soul to reach the heart – from the research to the engage the mind – and from the skillful hand to build the necessary expertise. Thank you for a guide to make the next step of our journey.”

Peggy Dickerson, University Field Supervisor
University of Texas at Dallas

“I just love Bonnie’s authentic approach at challenging educators to examine themselves while working towards building culturally responsive classrooms where kids from different cultures can achieve.”

Derrick Wallace, Administrator
Ladue School District, St. Louis, MO

“This book is a must-have for the teacher who wishes to self-examine their own belief systems and garner this information to become a balanced and fair teacher from the prospective of race."

Bev Alfeld, Academic Performance Specialist
Alfeld Educational Center

“Often in cultural discussions one race or culture is vilified, causing the reader to be offended and turned off of the book. How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You tackles difficult issues without condemnation and offers solid ideas that propel educators to reflect inward in order to impact their classroom and school cultures. The author is passionate and the reader leaves the pages desiring the same passion."

Amanda Mayeaux, Master Teacher
Glen Oaks Middle School, Baton Rouge, LA

“Bonnie Davis has updated a book that covers topics I haven’t seen addressed before. She manages to convey that we are different, culturally, from the majority of students we teach, and that we need to recognize this and use it to our advantage. Ms. Davis’s book is all about making relationships with students so that they are better able to do what they need to do in the classroom. Her firm but fair approach is refreshing and research based and proven to be successful in many classrooms around the country. This is apparent by the fact that Ms. Davis is hired by many districts as a consultant, to help individual schools succeed with many more of their students.”

Terri Ishmael, Assistant Principal
Hercules Middle High School, Hercules, CA

How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You provides insight and provokes action. It challenges long held notions about teaching and learning while keeping it student centered. Dr. Davis understands what it means to be an educator and through her work, validates and affirms what it is we know is possible and how to be our best."

Scott A. Thomas, Educational Equity Coordinator
Apple Valley, Eagan School District 196, Rosemount, MN

Bonnie M. Davis

Consulting DescriptionBonnie M. Davis, PhD, is a veteran teacher of more than forty years who is passionate about education. She taught in middle schools, high schools, universities, homeless shelters, and a men’s prison. She holds a doctorate in English from St. Louis University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year in two public school districts, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Community Service Award. She has presented at numerous national conferences and currently works in school districts across the country. Dr. Davis’ work centers... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452257914