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The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys


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FOREWORDS - Glenn E. Singleton, Heather Hackman ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHORS ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS INTRODUCTION: WELCOME TO THE GUIDE FOR WHITE WOMEN WHO TEACH BLACK BOYS - Ali Michael, Eddie Moore Jr., Marguerite W. Penick-Parks with contributions from Edward J. Smith UNDERSTANDING Part 1: Exploring the Self 1. READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY - Debby Irving Vignette: Raisins in the Sun: White Teacher as a Force of Nature Buffering the Radiation of Racial Retaliation - Howard Stevenson 2. THE STATE OF THE WHITE WOMAN TEACHER - Julie Landsman 3. ADVANCING THE SUCCESS OF BOYS AND MEN OF COLOR - The Seven Centers Vignette: Two Black Boys - Solomon Smart 4. UNDERSTANDING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS AS ONE MORE TOOL IN THE COMMITTED WHITE TEACHER'S EQUITY TOOLKIT - Diane Finnerty 5. WHITE FEMALE TEACHERS AND BLACK BOYS: RIGHT TEACHERS AND (MIS)UNDERSTOOD BOYS - John Marshall 6. WHITE RACIAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT - Ali Michael 7. WHAT IF BEING CALLED RACIST IS THE BEGINNING, NOT THE END, OF THE CONVERSATION? - Elizabeth Denevi Vignette: New Understandings - Eli Scearce 8. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A WHITE TEACHER? - Robin DiAngelo Part 2: Understanding the Constraints and Challenging the Narratives About Who Black Boys Are and Who White Women Can Be 9. RESPECTING BLACK BOYS AND THEIR HISTORY - Jawanza Kunjufu 10. "I CAN SWITCH MY LANGUAGE, BUT I CAN'T SWITCH MY SKIN": WHAT TEACHERS MUST UNDERSTAND ABOUT LINGUISTIC RACISM - April Baker-Bell Vignette: The Color of Poop - Krystal de'LeOn 11. IDENTITY SAFETY AS AN ANTIDOTE TO STEREOTYPE THREAT - Becki Cohn-Vargas 12. THE SCIENCE BEHIND PSYCHOLOGICAL VERVE AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR BLACK STUDENTS - Darla Scott 13. THE VISIT - Justin Coles and Chezare A. Warren 14. REWRITING THE NARRATIVE - Toni Graves Williamson Vignette: Slavery's Archetypes Affect White Women Teachers - Olugbala Williams 15. "DON'T LEAN-JUMP IN": THE FIERCE URGENCY TO CONFRONT, DISMANTLE, AND (RE)WRITE THE HISTORICAL NARRATIVE OF BLACK BOYS IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS - Sharoni Little RESPECTING Part 3: Respecting the Broad Diversity of Black Boys' Experiences and Identities Vignette: Prince Taught Me the Redefinition of Black Masculinity - Jack Hill 16. STRATEGIES FOR SHOWING LOVE TO BLACK BOYS - Jamie Washington 17. WHITE PRIVILEGE AND BLACK EXCELLENCE: TWO TERMS I'VE BEEN "AFRAID" OF FOR MUCH OF MY LIFE - David Stills 18. BLACK BOYS AND THEIR RACIAL IDENTITY: LEARNING HOW THEY FIT INTO SOCIETY AND IN YOUR CLASSROOM - Paul A. Robbins, Leann V. Smith, and Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards Vignette: I Had a Right - Adrian Chandler 19. TEACHING BLACK BOYS DURING CHILDHOOD: A COUNTERNARRATIVE AND CONSIDERATIONS - Joseph Derrick Nelson Vignette: Being Black and Deaf Is a Double Stigma - Sean Norman 20. "HOW DARE YOU MAKE THIS ABOUT RACE?!": CENTERING RACE, GENDER, AND POVERTY - H. Richard Milner 21. THE N!GGA(ER) IN ME - Eddie Moore Jr. Vignette: Die N-word Die - Marguerite W. Penick-Parks 22. BLACKNESS/TRANSNESS: TWO TARGETS ON MY BACK - Zeam Porter with Ty Gale Vignette: What Educators Can Do to Support Trans Students - Phillipe Cunningham 23. WHITE TEACHERS AND THE POWER TO TRANSFORM: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR LASTING HARM - Chonika Coleman-King and Jabina Coleman Vignette: Brown Mothers, White Children - Jillian Best Adler 24. LEARN ABOUT US BEFORE YOU TEACH (ABOUT) US: QUEER BLACK BOYS - Benny Vasquez 25. BLACK MALE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN K-12 CLASSROOMS: STRATEGIES FOR SUPPORT TO INCREASE PERFORMANCE AS STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS - Chance Lewis and Amber Bryant Vignette: The Administrative Assistant Staff Member: Oh, and Black! - Deneen R. Young Part 4: Relationships With Parents, Colleagues, and Community 26. HELPING AMAZING BLACK BOYS BECOME AMAZING BLACK MEN - An interview with Verna Myers 27. CONNECTING WITH BLACK STUDENTS AND PARENTS: EQUAL VISION - Shakti Butler Vignette: Being a Black Mom of Black Boys - Orinthia Swindell 28. ACTIVATING INCLUSIVENESS - Chris Avery 29. BELIEF, PEDAGOGY, AND PRACTICE: STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING POWERFUL CLASSROOM COMMUNITIES - Stefanie Rome and Ty-Ron Douglas Vignette: The Symbolic Teacher - Carl Moore 30. RUMINATIONS FROM THE INTERSECTIONS OF A #BLACKMOMMYACTIVIST - Shemariah Arki Vignette: Discipline Practices of Caribbean Families - Chonika Coleman-King 31. FIND FREEDOM IN THE CLASSROOM: A LOVE LETTER TO MY BABIES' TEACHERS - Crystal T. Laura CONNECTING Part 5: Connecting Student Success and Failure to School Structures and Classroom Strategies 32. START OUT FIRM - Valerie Adams-Bass 33. A PARABLE OF ACADEMIC MISGIVINGS: THE EDUCATOR'S ROLE IN ADDRESSING COLLEGE UNDERMATCH - Edward J. Smith Vignette: Nonviolence, Violence, Standing Up - Aaron Abram 34. THE COLLUSION OF SOCIAL NORMS AND WORKING WITH INTERRACIAL FAMILIES - Jennifer Chandler 35. WHAT ARE WE DOING TO SUPPORT "THESE" STUDENTS TO MEET THEIR POTENTIAL? STRATEGIES FOR CREATING EQUITABLE CLASSROOMS - Brian Johnson Vignette: Dismantling the "White Savior Mentality" - Marvin Pierre 36. INTERRUPTING SCHOOL STRUCTURES: ADD/ADHD OVERIDENTIFICATION AND HOW BLACK CULTURAL STYLES ARE OFTEN CONFUSED FOR ADD - Erica Snowden 37. FOOTBALL, SPORTS, AND MOORE - USING SCHOOL STRUCTURES TO GET MORE OUT OF BLACK BOYS - Eddie Moore Jr. and Frederick Gooding Jr. Part 6: Connecting Student Success to School Structures and Classroom Strategies Vignette: How Do Black Lives Matter in Your Curriculum? - Russell Marsh 38. STRATEGIES THAT DE-ESCALATE CONFLICT IN THE CLASSROOM - Barbara Moore-Williams, Deitra Spence, and Christopher McGinley 39. MEETING STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE: PROJECT-BASED LEARNING AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS - Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, Suzanne Fondrie, and Omobolade Delano-Oriaran 40. BLACK FACES AND WHITE SPACES: RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING BLACK BOYS IN GIFTED EDUCATION - Brian L. Wright, Donna Y. Ford, and Tarek C. Grantham 41. THE BOOK MATTERS: USING THE COLOR-CODED BLOOM-BANKS MATRIX TO SUPPORT THE LITERACY AND ENGAGEMENT OF BLACK BOYS - Michelle Trotman Scott, Brian L. Wright, and Donna Y. Ford 42. BOOKS AND CURRICULUM: WHAT TO READ WITH BLACK MALES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO CREATE A STRONG FOUNDATION OF POSITIVE RACIAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT - Marie Michael 43. GLOBAL SKILLS: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM AND THE PLAYGROUND - Dion Crushshon OUTTRO: REMEMBER, BLACK GIRLS AREN'T DOING "JUST FINE": SUPPORTING BLACK GIRLS IN THE CLASSROOM - Charlotte E. Jacobs VIDEO RESOURCES REFERENCES INDEX

About the Author

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership, and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC [] to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege, and leadership trainings/workshops. Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation's top motivational speakers and educators, especially for his work with students K-16. Dr. Moore is the Founder/Program Director for the White Privilege Conference (WPC) []. Under the direction of Dr. Moore and his inclusive relationship model, the WPC has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership. Dr. Moore's interview with Wisconsin Public Radio won the 2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Best Interview in Medium Market Radio, First Place [ 4-2014], and he is featured in the film "I'm not Racist . . . Am I?" In 2014 Dr. Moore founded The Privilege Institute, which engages people in research, education, action, and leadership through workshops, conferences, publications, and strategic partnerships and relationships. Dr. Moore is co-founder of the online journal, Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, and co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories and the forthcoming book. Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry, and Education, winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories and sits on the editorial board of the journal, Whiteness and Education. Dr. Michael teaches in the mid-career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, as well as the Graduate Counseling Program at Arcadia University. In the 2017-18 school year, she will hold the Davis Visiting Professorship at Ursinus College. Michael's article, What Do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. She may be best known for her November 9, 2016, piece What Do We Tell the Children? on the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor. For more details see Dr. Marguerite W. Penick-Parks received her PhD from the University of Iowa in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a high school teacher in an urban school in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Penick-Parks currently serves as Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Her work centers on issues of power, privilege, and oppression in relationship to issues of curriculum with a special emphasis on the incorporation of quality literature in K-12 classrooms. She appears in the movie, "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible," by the World Trust Organization. Her most recent work includes a joint article on creating safe spaces for discussing white privilege with preservice teachers and is an editor of Everyday White People Confronting Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories, with Eddie Moore, Jr., and Ali Michael and the forthcoming, The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys (Corwin, October 2017).


"This Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys will change you. Once you start reading it, you won't be able to put it down. Weaving together voices of multiple authors, both Black and White, chapters offer poignant personal stories, current research, and well-chosen activities. Every chapter invites White women to do the needed work that will enable us to support healthy development of our Black male students. Few books take on such urgent work with so much care and proactive optimism."

-- Christine E. Sleeter, Professor Emerita

"There is no other instructional guide quite like The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys. While this book offers practical information and advice directly to the largest demographic of educators teaching one of the most marginalized populations of students, it transcends strategy and becomes a book of Black Critical Cultural Studies. The research, essays, vignettes and activities written by a stellar group of scholars and educators, such as Dr. Howard Stephenson, Glen Singleton and Stephanie Rome represent thousands of hours working with Black students and White educators. The Guide describes patterns, context, nuance and complexity in White racial identity development as it interacts in the past and present with a full range of black boys and adolescents: cis, heterosexual, trans, gay, non-athletic, celebrated and incarcerated. Above all is a direct exploration into the 'dos,' 'don'ts,' 'why's' and 'how's' of culturally responsive teaching from expert teachers."

-- Dale Allender, Director
"Approximately eight of ten teachers in the United States are white - they all should read this important book. Additionally, any white woman who aspires to responsibly and effectively demonstrate educational care for black boys will find much that is useful in this text. It should be required reading in teacher education programs and professional development experiences for all educators in P-12 schools and districts." -- Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., Clifford and Betty Allen Professor
"This book raises crucial questions about teaching and learning across race lines, in a racially unequal and segregated society. With a lens focused equally (and with critical compassion) on white women and black boys, dozens of authors offer thoughtful, urgent, personal, and concrete suggestions for moving beyond "the stereotypes, the misinformation, and the lies we have been taught about Black boys" to new habits of understanding, respecting, and connecting that instead help unleash young people's full human contributions. Read and digest this book to embrace the deep realities and thrilling potential of this crucial American task." -- Mica Pollock, Professor

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