The Dreamkeepers : Successful Teachers of African American Children
The Dreamkeepers Successful Teachers of African American Children Author:Gloria Ladson-Billings Education, like electricity, needs a conduit, a teacher, through which to transmit its power-- i.e., the discovery and continuity of information, knowledge, wisdom, experience, and culture. Through the stories and experiences of eight successful teacher-transmitters, The Dreamkeepers keeps hope alive for educating young African Americans.... more »>
--ReverAnd Jesse L. Jackson, president and founder, National Rainbow CoalitionIn this beautifully written book Ladson-Billings illustrates the inspiring influence of a select group of teachers who keep the dreams alive for African American students.
?Henry M. Levin, David Jacks professor of Higher Education, Stanford UniversityLadson-Billing's portraits, interwoven with personal reflections, challenge readers to envision intellectually rigorous and culturally relevant classrooms that have the power to improve the lives of not just African American students but all children.« less
Dreamkeepers is a groundbreaking and inspirational book that just might make you want to become a teacher. Ladson-Billings presents the stories of eight teachers, both black and white, in predominantly black school districts who have managed to do what the American public school system as a whole has failed miserably at: teaching African-American students in a way that engages them and helps them learn (and WANT to learn) by playing to their strengths and experiences.
Although statistics paint a harsh picture of the education of African American children, Ladson-Billings (curriculum and instruction, Univ. of Wisconsin) integrates scholarly research with stories of eight successful teachers in a predominantly African American school district to illustrate that the "dream" of all teachers and parents-academic success for all children-is alive and can be emulated. The presentation of examples from "intellectually rigorous and challenging classrooms" emphasizes the cultural and social aspects of the issues in education as a whole. The author's own experiences as a student and teacher of teachers support the need to make the problems of African American children a central issue in any debate on the American educational system. The in-depth bibliographical notes and the excellent appendixes discussing the methodology and the context of the study should be useful for education students and the libraries serving them.