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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.

A Hard Knock Life: How Teachers can Use the Curriculum to Empower African American Students
A hard knock life: How teachers can use the curriculum to empower african american students

In November 2008, shortly before I was scheduled to give a presentation to a group of middle school teachers in Florida, I heard a series of comments that alarmed me. At the time, I was going over my presentation notes in the staff workroom. My thoughts were interrupted by the voice of an angry teacher who was speaking to two of her colleagues. “She wanted to know why he has a D in my class!” the teacher declared. “I told her, ‘He has a D because he's in sixth grade and he can't read, and he ...

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