An all-in-one toolkit that empowers new teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners When novice teachers are assigned to teach disadvantaged students, the results are predictable: growing tension and frustration on both sides, leading to disengaged students and disillusioned educators. Gail and Rufus Thompson are renowned experts on bridging the instructional gaps between teachers and students who don’t look like them. In this book, the authors show new teachers how to flourish by building on the assets of their students and the students’ families. Yes, You Can! holds up a mirror to deeply-held beliefs about race and other variables of difference. Through interactive exercises, readers gain confidence and empathy that translate to success for students. The book includes: Powerful vignettes about real teachers and students that help promote teacher empathy and understanding Original research conducted by the authors on the confidence levels of new and experienced educators Targeted strategies for many student profiles: African American, Latino, Asian American, White, high-achiever, low-achiever, and more Before learning can take place, there must be mutual understanding and respect between student and teacher. Yes, You Can! ensures these critical links are strong.

Ask and It Might Be Given Getting What You Need From School Leaders

Ask and It Might Be Given

This chapter is designed to help you strengthen your relations with school leaders, regardless of their racial or ethnic background. We begin with a three-part story about a White K–12 female school principal and an African American male student. After you read each part of the story, please complete the related exercise.

A Principal’s Dilemma (Part 1)

On an ordinary school day in 2013, Ms. Smith, who had been an elementary school principal in New Jersey for many years, was strolling down a hallway when she heard a commotion in the school cafeteria. When she entered, several children began to yell, “Lamar stole Anthony’s cell phone!” Lamar, an ...

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