“With great pleasure, I accompanied Bonnie Davis on her learning journey to better understand the plight and perspective of biracial and multiracial students. Once again, she has enriched my understanding of the powerful intersection of race and schooling. Educators of all races will benefit from the personal narratives, prompts for self-examination, and provocative research she has compiled.”
—Glenn Singleton, Founder and President, Pacific Educational Group, Inc.
Author, Courageous Conversations About Race
What does it mean to be “in between”?
As more biracial and multiracial students enter the classroom, educators have begun to critically examine the concept of race. Through compelling student and teacher narratives, best-selling author Bonnie M. Davis gives voice to a frequently mislabeled and misunderstood segment of the population. Filled with research-based instructional strategies and reflective questions, the book supports readers in examining:
The meaning of race, difference, and ethnicity; How mixed-identity students develop racial identities; How to adjust instruction to demonstrate cultural proficiency; Complex questions to help deepen understanding of bi- and multiracial experiences, white privilege, and the history of race in the U.S.
This sensitively written yet practical guide fills a gap in the professional literature by examining the experiences of biracial/multiracial students in the context of today's classrooms. The author calls upon readers to take a transformational journey toward racial literacy and, ultimately, become empowered by a real understanding of what it means to be biracial or multiracial and enable all students to experience increased self-confidence and believe in their ability to succeed.
Chapter 11: The Journey's End and Next Steps
The Journey's End and Next Steps
Describe your feelings at the end of our journey.
We've reached the end of our journey. Think about what we've done.
As we read the book and reflected, we did the following:
- Examined our assumptions, values, and beliefs about ourselves and others
- Learned from other educators, students, and parents and interacted with their narratives through written responses
- Continued to develop cultural proficiency and racial literacy
In addition, our journey provided the following:
- Definitions, histories, and complexities of race
- Opportunities to assess our knowledge and comfort levels surrounding issues of race [Page 140]
- Examples of the challenges students of mixed-racial identity may face that differ from your other students
- Strategies to implement in your educational setting that support multiracial students and their families
What I Learned
- Racial categories ...