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Teach! Change! Empower!

Teach! Change! Empower!
Solutions for Closing the Achievement Gaps

November 2009 | 152 pages | Corwin
Carl Grant, a leading authority on multicultural education, offers a constructive action plan to help teachers affirm and support their studentsÆ diverse individual and group identities while simultaneously developing pedagogies that will enable them to close the achievement gap.áTeach! Change! Empower! introduces a step-by-step change processùfrom acknowledging the need for change to implementation of changeùand presents a model for creating schools that are: Places where students can have significant achievementsCulturally relevant environments for studentsPlaces where power is used to promote caring communities
About the Author
Getting the Most out of the Book
Part 1. The Harder Work of Teaching
1. The Achievement Gap
What is the Achievement Gap and Why Must It Be Eliminated?

The Multiplicity and Intersectionality of Gaps

Effects of the Academic Achievement Gap

Action Plan 1: Revisiting the Struggle for Closing the Achievement Gap with Fresh Eyes

2. Diversity and Power

Affirming Diversity

All Teachers Need to Learn about Diversity

Power in the Context of Change

Where is Power in Your School?

Action Plan 2: Affirming Diversity in Your Classroom & Power Structures in Society

3. Caring With Socio-Political Consciousness
Becoming Socially Critical

Fostering a Caring Community Among Students

Action Plan 3: Caring with Socio-Political Consciousness

4. Acknowledging the Change/Transition: Step One
Mobility and Change: A New and Different Time

Multiple Teacher Roles & Change

Changing the Markers of Achievement

Action Plan 4: Goals for Change

5. Reacting to Change/Transition: Step Two
Strong Feeling and Mixed Emotions

Searching to Connect With Student Knowledge and Experiences

Nervous Reactions to Racism and Other “Ism”s

Reactions are Influenced by Context and Settings

New Teachers Need Help

Action Plan 5: Reacting to the Change - Confronting Our Biases and Conditioning

6. Investigating the Change/Transition: Self Investigation - Step Three
Teacher Multicultural Attitude Survey (TMAS)

Knowledge of Self: Self-Understanding and Self-Acceptance

Multicultural Personality for Affirming Diversity

Teacher Personal Dispositions Toward Diversity

Knowledge About the School Community

Attitudes and Dispositions of Teachers Who Work to Close the Achievement Gaps

Reflection 6.4

Action Plan 6: Self-Investigation

7. Investigating the Change/Transition: Program Investigation
The Achievement Reform Movement

Action Plan 7: Program Investigation

8. Implementing Change: Step Four
Knowledge Base for Closing the Achievement Gaps

Knowledge of Curricular Content: A Strong Subject Matter Base

Knowledge About Teaching: Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Pedagogical Skills for Closing the Achievement Gaps

Teacher Pedagogical Skills Survey

Reflective Skills

Action Plan 8: Teacher Knowledge About Content and Pedagogy

Part 3. Change/Solutions in Practice
9. Cultural Competence
Culturally Relevant Curriculum

Reflection 9.3

Action Plan 9: Cultural Competence and Culturally Relevant Teaching

10. Change/Solution in Practice: Four Examples

"Teach! Change! Empower! takes the concepts of diversity and change—which are often complex, abstract, confusing, and not salient to many teachers who struggle with the meaning of the concepts in actual classroom practices—and uses them as a framework for something that is very real to teachers: the achievement gap. This connection both increases salience to the teacher and gives him or her a greater motivation for examining and understanding the impact of diversity and change."

Barbara Heuberger Rose, Associate Professor
Miami University

"This book is easy to read and holds the reader's attention. The tools for self assessment and interactive discussion are outstanding. Readers are challenged to think about themselves and their role in addressing achievement gaps in a non-blaming manner. Carl Grant does an outstanding job of incorporating the work of a number of researchers in a way that readers easily see the connections between the researcher's work and the achievement gap."

Maria Whittemore, Minority Achievement Coordinator
Frederick County Public Schools, MD

"The foundation of this work is helping individuals understand themselves racially and how racism works institutionally, and how we can build on this knowledge to create culturally responsive pedagogy. The hundreds of teachers and principals we work with will find this book extremely helpful."

Peter T. Wilson, President
Education Equity Consultants, LLC

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: The Achievement Gap

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