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The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-40815-5
256 pages
March 2009, Jossey-Bass
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In the second edition of her critically acclaimed book The Dreamkeepers, Gloria Ladson-Billings revisits the eight teachers who were profiled in the first edition and introduces us to new teachers who are current exemplars of good teaching. She shows that culturally relevant teaching is not a matter of race, gender, or teaching style. What matters most is a teacher's efforts to work with the unique strengths a child brings to the classroom. A brilliant mixture of scholarship and storytelling, The Dreamkeepers challenges us to envision intellectually rigorous and culturally relevant classrooms that have the power to improve the lives of not just African American students, but all children. This new edition also includes questions for reflection
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Edition.


The Author.

1. A Dream Deferred.

2. Does Culture Matter?

3. Seeing Color, Seeing Culture.

4. We Are Family.

5. The Tree of Knowledge.

6. Culturally Relevant Teaching.

7. Making Dreams into Reality.


Appendix A: Methodology.

Appendix B: Context.



Discussion Questions.

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Author Information

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Previously, she served on the faculty of Santa Clara University and worked as a teacher and consultant in the Phila-delphia public school system. She is the former president of the American Educational Research Association, and was elected to the National Academy of Education. Dr. Ladson-Billings is the author and editor of numerous articles and books, including The Dreamkeepers, Crossing Over to Canaan, and Beyond the Big House.
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