The following two resources featured reflect where education is at this very moment--reckoning with anti-Blackness, the fear and censoring of anti-racist curriculum and instruction, as well as, cultural responsiveness and sustainability practices in education.
What ties the two books is the theme of authentically connecting with students.
'Teaching for Black Lives' using instruction activities, essays, and art, to help educators humanize Black students. This is done by creating opportunities to connect with students through curriculum, teaching, and policy, while also affirming student and collective activism in educational spaces.
Edited by Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au, 'Teaching for Black Lives' was published in 2018 and is more relevant today for educators in understanding barriers historically facing Black students. This book is beneficial to all educators, especially those who need grounding and inspiration to create an equitable educational system.
The other title, 'We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be', by Cornelius Minor, decenters the teacher to anchor the practice focusing on listening to students. This book provides actionable, supportive learning and inclusive practices. This title uses universal design, lesson plan ideas, graphic organizers, and strategies to expand access to greater learning opportunities.
“Any curriculum or program that we buy, adopt, or create is incomplete until it includes our students and until it includes us” (p. 104). Cornelius Minor
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.