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Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask about African American Students (Jossey-Bass Education Series)

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Fifty years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision was handed down from the Supreme Court, schools are still grappling with issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, diversity, and multiculturalism.

In this book, Gail L. Thompson takes on the volatile topic of the role of race in education and explores the black-white achievement gap and the cultural divide that exists between some teachers and African American students. Solidly based on research conducted with 175 educators, Through Ebony Eyes provides information and strategies that will help teachers increase their effectiveness with African American students. Written in conversational language, Through Ebony Eyes offers a wealth of examples and personal stories that clearly demonstrate the cultural differences that exist in the schools and offers a three-part, long-term professional development plan that will help teachers become more effective.

Through Ebony Eyes tackles real-life problems in schools and explains why some African American students misbehave in class and how teachers often unwittingly contribute to their misbehavior. Examples from a variety of classrooms and Thompson’s own personal story of transformation clearly show how it is possible for a teacher to reach African American students and what it takes to become a powerful and influential life-changing teacher.

Through Ebony Eyes revisits the controversial topic of whether or not teachers should force African American students to speak Standard English in class and includes recommendations on motivating African American students to acquire Standard English skills without silencing them or devaluing their "home" language. The book offers practical advice on whether teachers should allow African American students to call each other the "N" word and offers suggestions on how to handle students’ accusations of racism.

This important resource offers teachers, administrators, and student-teachers much-needed guidance for closing the cultural gap and providing sensitive but rigorous and effective educational experiences for their African American students.

Book News Annotation:

Using personal experience backed by research, Thompson (education, Claremont Graduate University) takes on the topic of the role of race in education, exploring the black-white achievement gap and the cultural divide that exists between white teachers and African American students. Her examples and personal stories illustrate strategies for solving real-life problems in the classroom, such as motivating students to use Standard English, dealing with African American students' use of "the N word," and handling students' accusations of racism.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Guidelines for Closing the Black-White Cultural Gap

"Reading this book is like talking with a trusted friend about serious and sensitive issues. Dr. Thompson has provided a real service for teachers and everyone else who cares about the success of African American students."

–Diane F. Halpern, director, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children and professor of psychology, Claremont McKenna College

"For those teachers, administrators, and researchers who deal with culturally sensitive issues, Through Ebony Eyes is a powerful tool. Gail Thompson writes with passion and authority on teachers’ beliefs and attitudes regarding African American students, and how these affect their instructional practices and achievement. Her research and observations are insightful, and her recommendations essential."

–James P. Comer, M.D., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center, associate dean, School of Medicine

Synopsis:

In this book, Gail L. Thompson takes on the volatile topic of the role of race in education and explores the black-white achievement gap and the cultural divide that exists between some teachers and African American students. Solidly based on research conducted with 175 educators, Through Ebony Eyes provides information and strategies that will help teachers increase their effectiveness with African American students. Written in conversational language, Through Ebony Eyes offers a wealth of examples and personal stories that clearly demonstrate the cultural differences that exist in the schools and offers a three-part, long-term professional development plan that will help teachers become more effective.

About the Author

Gail L. Thompson is associate professor of education at Claremont Graduate University. Her research has focused on the schooling experiences of students of color. She is the author of African American Teens Discuss Their Schooling Experiences and What African American Parents Want Educators to Know, as well as numerous journal articles.

Table of Contents

List of Tables.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

Introduction: Persistent Problems.

Part One: The Basics.

1. If African American Kids Aren’t Dumb or Lazy, Why Are They Still Underachieving? Related Theories.

2. Effective Instructional Practices.

3. Effective Classroom Management.

Part Two: What Teachers Want to Know But Are Afraid to Ask.

4. How Can Teachers Reach African American Students from Challenging Backgrounds?

5. Standard English or Ebonics: Should We Force Them to Speak “Correctly”?

6. Can They Call Each Other the “N” Word?

7. What Should I Do When African American Students Accuse Me of Being Racist?

8. Why Do African American Students Need a Culturally Relevant Education?

9. Other Controversial Issues.

Conclusion: Can Beliefs Be Changed?

Notes.

Appendices.

Appendix A: The Time Line Project.

Appendix B: The All About Me Project.

Appendix C: The Cultural Awareness Project.

Appendix D: The Community Problem-Solving Project.

Appendix E: Writing About Music, Writing to Music.

Appendix F: Using Writing Assignments and Student Artwork to Create a Class Anthology.

Appendix G: Using “Quotes of the Week” for Writing Assignments and to Improve Critical Thinking Skills.

Appendix H: Vocabulary Building Strategies.

Appendix I: The Six-Hour Inservice and the Four Schools.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787970611
Subtitle:
What Teachers Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask About African American Students
Author:
Thompson, Gail
Author:
Thompson, Gail L.
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Teaching
Subject:
Multicultural Education
Subject:
Diversity & Culture (K-12)
Copyright:
Series:
Jossey-Bass Education Series
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.34x6.32x1.18 in. 1.18 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Guidelines for Closing the Black-White Cultural Gap

"Reading this book is like talking with a trusted friend about serious and sensitive issues. Dr. Thompson has provided a real service for teachers and everyone else who cares about the success of African American students."

–Diane F. Halpern, director, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children and professor of psychology, Claremont McKenna College

"For those teachers, administrators, and researchers who deal with culturally sensitive issues, Through Ebony Eyes is a powerful tool. Gail Thompson writes with passion and authority on teachers’ beliefs and attitudes regarding African American students, and how these affect their instructional practices and achievement. Her research and observations are insightful, and her recommendations essential."

–James P. Comer, M.D., Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center, associate dean, School of Medicine

"Synopsis" by , In this book, Gail L. Thompson takes on the volatile topic of the role of race in education and explores the black-white achievement gap and the cultural divide that exists between some teachers and African American students. Solidly based on research conducted with 175 educators, Through Ebony Eyes provides information and strategies that will help teachers increase their effectiveness with African American students. Written in conversational language, Through Ebony Eyes offers a wealth of examples and personal stories that clearly demonstrate the cultural differences that exist in the schools and offers a three-part, long-term professional development plan that will help teachers become more effective.
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