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Combining first-person narratives, personal growth exercises, and informational text, this staff development resource helps educators address the mind-sets that can impede their progress with African American students.

Introduction: Why Alarm Bells should be Ringing in our Heads
Introduction: Why alarm bells should be ringing in our heads

In July 2008, I received three e-mails and a telephone call that were similar to many others I've gotten during the last 11 years. The telephone call was from a school administrator in California. The e-mails were from district-level school administrators in Virginia, Florida, and California. They all wanted the same thing—help in doing a better job of educating African American K–12 students. Like countless educators throughout the nation, these administrators realized that in spite of the abundance of research on the achievement gaps, many teachers—perhaps even most—still need help in this area. Unfortunately, most teacher-preparation programs are still failing to adequately prepare teachers to work ...

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