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Creating Successful Learning Environments for African American Learners With Exceptionalities

Creating Successful Learning Environments for African American Learners With Exceptionalities

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June 2002 | 256 pages | Corwin

Discover the key strategies to empowering African American students with exceptionalities!

Central to the teaching and learning of African American students is an understanding of their cultures, background experiences, and perspectives, while applying this understanding to the design, implementation, and assessment of educational programs. This comprehensive, culturally responsive approach is supported by straightforward and in-depth contributions from more than 25 leading scholars and practitioners featured in this book.

The guide focuses on specific, innovative methods for maximizing the learning opportunities and outcomes of African American students—from dealing with foundational issues such as accountability, categorization, and legal implications, to managing learning environments and enhancing school practices through teacher preparation and early childhood programs. 

By providing concrete rationales and solutions for maximizing the intellectual, academic, and social achievement of African American learners, this groundbreaking text presents the tools necessary for meeting the needs of these students, including:

  • Assessment and instructional techniques for general and special education programs, including discussions on specific learning disabilities
  • Intervention tactics for behavioral issues
  • Tips for utilizing family and community resources to complement the classroom
  • Strategies for enhancing students' communication skills and maximizing the potential of gifted and talented learners


Geneva Gay
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Part I: Foundations of Educational Change
Festus E. Obiakor and Bridgie Alexis Ford
1. School Accountability and Reform: Implications and African Americans With Exceptionalities
Elizabeth A. Dooley and Katherine L. Dooley
2. Legal Foundations of Special Education for African American Learners
Cheryl A. Utley
3. Functionalizing Assessment for African American Learners in General and Special Education Programs
Angela Stephens McIntosh
4. Categorization: Impact on African American Learners With Exceptionalities
Part II: Managing Learning Environments
Helen Bessant Byrd
5. Instructional Strategies for African American Learners With Cognitive Disabilities
Patrick A. Grant and Pauline B. Grant
6. Working With African American Students With Specific Learning Disabilities
Cathy Kea, Gwendolyn Cartledge, and Lisa J. Bowman
7. Interventions for African American Learners With Behavioral Problems
Vera I. Daniels
8. Maximizing the Learning Potential of African American Learners With Gifts and Talents
Martha Scott Lue, Cheryl Evans Green, and Shelia Yvette Smalley
9. Communication Skills of African American Learners With Disabilities
Festus E. Obiakor
10. Developing Self-Empowerment in African American Learners With Special Problems
Part III: Complementing the School Environment
Regina Enwefa and Stephen Enwefa
11. Service Delivery for African American Young Children With Special Needs
Loretta P. Prater
12. African American Families: Equal Partners in General and Special Education
Bridgie Alexis Ford
13. African American Community Resources: Essential Educational Enhancers for African American Children and Youth
Bertina H. Combes and Beth A. Durodoye
14. Transitioning African American High School Students With Disabilities
Stanley C. Trent
15. Teacher-Preparation for African American Exceptional Learners: A Cultural-Historical Approach
Darrell L. Williams, Christlyn Frederick-Stanley, and Adell Fair
16. Culturally Responsive Leadership for African Americans With Exceptionalities
Edgar G. Epps
17. Summary of Comments: Race, Class, Gender, and Exceptionality of African American Learners
Key features
  • Very little competition in this area, though the topic receives a lot of coverage in magazine and journal pieces.
  • Fist incarnation of the book has been a successful seller.
  • Very well-known editors and contributors
  • Functional pedagogy that encourages practical application
  • Of 16 contributors, virtually each one will make this book required reading for their classes.


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