“I have never encountered any children in any group who are not geniuses. There is no mystery on how to teach them. The first thing you do is treat them like human beings and the second thing you do is love them.”
This book provides an autobiographical and research-based exploration of the perceptions of Black middle and upper class preservice teachers about teaching and learning in high poverty urban schools. While there is an extensive body of knowledge on White preservice teachers, limited studies examine Black middle and upper class preservice teachers who may also lack experience with students in high poverty urban schools. Through this narrative, the author explores her own professional journey and a research study of former students who experienced the same boundary crossing. Their voices add to the body of current knowledge of how race and class affect the perceptions of preservice teachers.
Valerie's New Friends is a children's book that explores racial differences and the acceptance of others. It is a true story of friendship that demonstrates how differences lead to acceptance. A teaching guide and lesson plans are included to assist educators in introducing concepts of diversity in the elementary school classroom.
Study trips complement EDU 222 Global Education which examines the historical, cultural, economic, sociological, philosophical and political understandings of schooling and education from a global perspective.
In support of Spelman College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), EDU 222 provides scholarly readings, relevant assignments, and a critical context that challenges students’ thinking about several factors that impact education and schooling in a variety of countries and regions. The 2015 and 2016 trips to Cuba provided students the opportunity to visit schools in Cuba and learn about the country’s education system as it intersects with political and cultural structures.