“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 9: A Call to Action: Culturally Proficient Suggestions and Strategies
A Call to Action: Culturally Proficient Suggestions and Strategies
Our journey brings us to the classroom, and it's time to step inside and specifically address classroom instruction. We've read and reflected. Now we need action. What can we do that supports the achievement of our mixed-identity students? Answers are in this chapter. I am so excited to share suggestions with you that come straight from the educators, parents, and students interviewed for this book. These are suggestions shared in their own words and based on personal experience. In this chapter, we address Step 3 in the preceding flow chart. It's time to integrate new knowledge by combining knowledge and skills to implement their suggestions in our ...