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“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.

Parent Voices
Parent voices

Our journey brings us to the narratives of parents of mixed-identity children. I value their stories. As a parent of mixed-identity children, I seek out the stories of others who may share similar experiences. This chapter taps into the personal knowledge that parents gain as they nurture children of mixed identity.

Building Relationships with Parents and Caregivers

We must find ways to build relationships with parents and caregivers. How do we do this? First and foremost, we build relationships with parents and caregivers by caring about their children.

I'm convinced parents want to know we care about their children. If parents don't think we first care about their children, they often choose not to engage in meaningful communication with us. I recall an incident that ...

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