Black or African-American
The NEA website and Nelson-Smith tell us that although all students are different, there are common cultural denominators that help teachers understand and appreciate the strengths of their African-American students. For example, this group often prefers methods that focus on oral delivery and physical activities. African-American students tend to be social and people-oriented. Students tend to appreciate practical knowledge with an environment that allows them to be expressive and creative.
An ideal teacher is one who understands students’ backgrounds and living circumstances and who can identify with students’ heritage. Students also value relationships with teachers and desire a feeling of belonging. It is important to recognize and honor student home culture, and bridge any differences between that culture and the culture of the school.
To enhance your understanding of aspects of Black or African American cultures, the center recommends educators take part in seven experiences. Opportunities are highlighted below. For an overview of the seven experiences, please click here.
- But That's Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy by Gloria Ladson-Billings
- Teaching Outside of One’s Race by Bree Picower
- The Schott Report by John H. Jackson
African Centered Pedagogy by Peter C. Murrell
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning by Sharroky Hollie
Dream Keepers by Gloria Ladson-Billings
The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach by Anthony Muhammad and Sharroky Hollie
Coaching and Modeling
Drum Power by Yorel Lashley
Conferences and Workshops
Educating Black and Latino Males
Henry Drewal – African Art
Yorel Lashley – Classroom management/community building/Drum Power
Site Visits – Community
Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations-local communities in January
Juneteeth celebrations – local communities in June
Kwanzaa celebrations – local communities in December
Site Visits – Schools