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How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You

How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You
Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

Second Edition

Foreword by Curtis Linton

July 2012 | 312 pages | Corwin

Engage diverse learners in your classroom with culturally responsive instruction!

How to Teach Students Who Don't Look like You helps educators recognize the impact that culture has on the learning process. The term "diverse learners" encompasses a variety of student groups, including homeless children, migrant children, English language learners, children experiencing gender identity issues, children with learning disabilities, and children with special needs.

This revised second edition reflects the latest trends in education, and includes new coverage of standards-based, culturally responsive lesson planning and instruction, differentiated instruction, RTI, and the Common Core State Standards. Bonnie M. Davis helps all educators:

  • Tailor instruction to their own unique student population
  • Reflect on their own cultures and how this shapes their views of the world
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of race and racism in the U.S.
  • Create culturally responsive instruction
  • Understand culture and how it affects learning

How to Teach Students Who Don't Look like You provides crucial strategies to assist educators in addressing the needs of diverse learners and closing the achievement gap.

"This book 'fires up' educators by speaking from the soul to reach the heart, from the research to engage the mind, and from the skillful hand to build the necessary expertise."
—Peggy Dickerson, Professional Service Provider
Region XIII Texas Education Service Center, Austin, TX

"The vignettes and classroom situations help the reader understand how race plays out in our society and in our classrooms. Dr. Davis takes on a very volatile topic and is able to engage the reader without offending. The examples, vignettes, cases, and stories will hook the readers just as they did me. Once I began reading the book, I could not put it down."
—Ava Maria Whittemore, Minority Achievement Coordinator
Frederick County Public Schools, MD

Foreword by Curtis Linton
About the Author
How to Read the Book
Part I. Looking Inside Ourselves
1. Our Culture: The Way We View the World
2. Reflection Questions for Examining Our Inner Selves
3. Exploring Our Racial Identity Through Our Racial History
4. What Is Race?
5. A Day in the Life . . .
Part II. Listening to and Learning From Others
6. What Do We Need to Know About Culturally Diverse Learners?
7. Latino/a/Hispanic Learners: A Personal Story
8. New Immigrant Learners of the Twenty-First Century
9. What the Research Says About Learning Gaps
10. How to Build Relationships With Culturally Diverse Students and Families
11. Creating a School Culture That Welcomes Students, Staff, and Families
Part III. Integrating New Knowledge
12. Strategies to Teach and Engage Culturally Diverse Learners and ELs
13. Moving Students From Apathy to Passion: Learning to Love Reading and Writing
14. Standards-Based, Culturally Responsive Lessons That Engage Learners
15. Readers and Writers Workshop: A Model for Standards-Based, Culturally Responsive Instruction
16. Teachers in Today's Classrooms Share Their Lessons
Part IV. A Call to Action
17. A Call to Action: Sponsoring Academic Student Support Groups
18. A Call to Action: Taking Care of Yourself
References and Resources

"Bonnie has a wealth of experience across diverse settings, in diverse schools, and with many different ages of students, and this is clear throughout the manuscript. This text offers an enormous array of strategies that have been built over time and through many experiences. Educators who purchase her books are given a massive learning & experiential shortcut!”

Christi Boortz, Grant Writer/Coordinator
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Augustine, FL

“Its no-nonsense approaches to the needs of these students coupled with examples and vignettes which support these needs, provide a strong case and purpose for meeting the needs of these students. Educators can no long ‘teach to the middle,’ to do so is an injustice, and cannot continue.”

Deborah D. Wragge, Professional Services Coordinator
Educational Service Unit 7, NE

“If you are an educator who wonders, ‘What else can I do to help my students of color?’ Bonnie Davis has something for you. Be prepared to reflect on the importance of your own racial experience while you are introduced to strategy after strategy for working effectively across lines of race and culture.”

Graig Meyer, Coordinator, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Chapel Hill, NC

“Dr. Bonnie Davis’ original text, How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You has been a valuable resource during my instruction of diversity. I look forward to the new edition and adding it to my syllabus.”

Betty Porter Walls, Assistant Professor
Harris Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO

“This text 'fires up' educators by speaking from the soul to reach the heart – from the research to the engage the mind – and from the skillful hand to build the necessary expertise. Thank you for a guide to make the next step of our journey.”

Peggy Dickerson, University Field Supervisor
University of Texas at Dallas

“I just love Bonnie’s authentic approach at challenging educators to examine themselves while working towards building culturally responsive classrooms where kids from different cultures can achieve.”

Derrick Wallace, Administrator
Ladue School District, St. Louis, MO

“This book is a must-have for the teacher who wishes to self-examine their own belief systems and garner this information to become a balanced and fair teacher from the prospective of race."

Bev Alfeld, Academic Performance Specialist
Alfeld Educational Center

“Often in cultural discussions one race or culture is vilified, causing the reader to be offended and turned off of the book. How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You tackles difficult issues without condemnation and offers solid ideas that propel educators to reflect inward in order to impact their classroom and school cultures. The author is passionate and the reader leaves the pages desiring the same passion."

Amanda Mayeaux, Master Teacher
Glen Oaks Middle School, Baton Rouge, LA

“Bonnie Davis has updated a book that covers topics I haven’t seen addressed before. She manages to convey that we are different, culturally, from the majority of students we teach, and that we need to recognize this and use it to our advantage. Ms. Davis’s book is all about making relationships with students so that they are better able to do what they need to do in the classroom. Her firm but fair approach is refreshing and research based and proven to be successful in many classrooms around the country. This is apparent by the fact that Ms. Davis is hired by many districts as a consultant, to help individual schools succeed with many more of their students.”

Terri Ishmael, Assistant Principal
Hercules Middle High School, Hercules, CA

How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You provides insight and provokes action. It challenges long held notions about teaching and learning while keeping it student centered. Dr. Davis understands what it means to be an educator and through her work, validates and affirms what it is we know is possible and how to be our best."

Scott A. Thomas, Educational Equity Coordinator
Apple Valley, Eagan School District 196, Rosemount, MN
Key features

The following "hallmark" features of the first edition will be carried over to the new edition:

  • Provides educators with a framework and vocabulary for critically examining their classroom practices in relation to the assets and needs of their diverse student populations.
  • Focuses on how to first recognize one's own racial and cultural identity as the initial step toward reaching and teaching diverse learners.
  • Includes numerous prompts and activities to stimulate teacher reflection and action.
  • Filled with research-based teaching strategies for diverse learners.
  • Popular "Day in the Life" chapter sensitively explores issues of racism and White privilege by contrasting the lives and experiences of two veteran educators.

In addition, the following new areas of coverage have been proposed:

  • Reference to the Common Core Standards and how to use them to frame classroom instruction;
  • Expansion of the White Privilege section including a discussion of "post-racial" ideology;
  • Suggestions on how to integrate personal technology rather than fight it in the classroom;
  • Expansion of knowledge base about our growing population of Latino students, ELL, homeless, and refugee students;
  • Inclusion of updated info, anecdotes, and strategies regarding assessment;
  • Updated Selected Bibliography;
  • New learnings and strategies gleaned from six years of national presenting and working in urban, suburban, and rural areas; and
  • New voices from the classrooms.

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