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The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Empower black boys to dream, believe, achieve

Schools that routinely fail Black boys are not extraordinary. In fact, they are all-too ordinary. If we are to succeed in positively shifting outcomes for Black boys and young men, we must first change the way school is "done." That's where the eight in ten teachers who are White women fit in . . . and this urgently neede
Paperback, 472 pages
Published October 25th 2017 by Corwin Publishers
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Chelsea Sims
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will be sharing this book with as many colleagues as possible! I have at least 10 chapters bookmarked to share for Professional Development already.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A must read for White teachers looking to challenge themselves and their practice. Great information, language, and strategies to try in the classroom.
Andrea Brinkley
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is exactly what it says it is...a guide. It was hard to read it cover to cover because there’s so much information in it. I bought a paper copy to keep at work and refer to as needed. It’s extremely comprehensive and packed with great ideas and perspectives and strategies.
Melody Riggs
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I took my time with this one as there were several activities and calls to reflection throughout the book. Overall, this is a practical collection of articles and book chapters/excerpts aimed at helping white women (who make up the majority of K-12 public educators) better serve their Black boy students (the lowest achieving demographic). I learned a lot, and in particular will be paying attention to how subtle changes in my wording and phrasing when speaking to my Black boy students and their f ...more
Nov 29, 2020 added it
This is more of a text book, but I was impressed in it's scope. I read this for a cohort on antiracism and it was a great conversation starter. I would recommend this for any educator dedicated to anti-racist teaching. ...more
Erin Fowler
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I have some mixed feeling about this book. I thought some of the chapters were very helpful such as the chapter on Verve and Blooms Banks Matrix.

I tend to have a lot of books I want to read during the summer to up my teacher game. There were a lot of stories and the book was really repetitive. They could have cut out about 1/2 of the book and I would have received the same information. Also, I really wished the book had more action steps for teachers rather than a laundry list of other recommen
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic resource and guide fully of practical advice as well as powerful stories. This book affirms the key things I know about good teaching:
Relationships are key
You teach who you are, so you have to know yourself, including your biases and blindspots to be effective
Kids need both windows and mirrors to learn
When a kid isn't succeeding, first ask how the system is failing the child, not the other way around.
A few of the book's key points struck me because I hadn't thought much about them b
Syd L
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some of the chapters were excellent-- the Bloom-Banks Matrix and the Stages of White Racial Identity were probably the concepts that I have thought about the most since completing the book and would recommend everyone to investigate. In other places, it became somewhat repetitive and was not focused enough on specific actions to be taken. Reading this book was a start, but since I picked up the book, I did know a lot of what was being offered-- I kind of wanted more ideas on how to change.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, this is definitely a resource worth having. Some of the chapters were excellent, but the book as a whole is a mixed bag and could have used more editing. I read the book cover to cover so that I would be familiar with every article and be able to recommend sections to people, but I would not suggest reading every piece in the book.
Becca Buck
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every educator who is a white woman should read this book. White men would also benefit GREATLY... the reason it is specifically geared towards women is the complicated and heavy history of WW and black boys, but I truly believe any white educator can take away so much from this guide. Each chapter is written by a different author, so there are many different voices sharing similar messages for WW to consider, which really sends it home. I did so much reflection and immediately integrated my lea ...more
Sherry Bell
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting read - lots of vignettes from multiple perspectives. Bottom line - if some book/idea/thought/perspective makes a better teacher out of me, it's worth the time. Meeting the needs of any subgroup of students will enhance the education of all students in my class. Building relationships with students and families was a key take-away for me. Of course, this pedagogy not only benefits black students (boys in particular), but all students. Thankful to the authors for sharing their experien ...more
Stacey Peterik
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for a book study through my school district and honestly, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever done for a book study. It is well-written and has some concrete information and thoughts about what is happening in our school systems to Black boys and about moving forward. I really liked how the chapters were organized and it was easy to read. We often were assigned to read 3 chapters at a time and I felt like this was easy to do as the chapters aren’t very long. Anyone looking to b ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-teaching
The sheer specificity of this title was intimidating to me, but when it kept showing up on reading lists for antiracist educators I went ahead and ordered it. WOW. This volume masterfully weaves together articles, essays, and perspectives which dive into the particular dynamics -- power, relational, cultural, and otherwise -- which consciously and unconsciously determine teacher and student success. It's the 201 material on race and education I've been craving, and I know I'll keep circling back ...more
Carolyn Halliday
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Around 80% of teachers in the United States are white women. Years ago I was one of them,eager to do right by my black, brown, Native students. I was so well intentioned and so naive. I wish this type of resource existed then. I read it now to add to the many perspectives I’m absorbing to better understand and challenge my white privilege. Any white person working with black children should read this book. I am astounded by the amount of resources now available to combat white supremacy and how ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this for a book study this fall, and it was one of the best book studies I have ever done. Chapters were well-organized and to the point, giving teachers both strategies that we can start using today and broad ideas to begin thinking about and looking for as we continue the work of dismantling the racism that is still so present in our society. Apparently there's a sequel coming? If you're a teacher, you should read this. ...more
Jeni Enjaian
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did this book a disservice by waiting so long to write the review.
I took approximately 2 months to work my way through this book. Its short chapters lend itself well to chunked reading which I found manageable to work into my jam-packed school year schedule.
The authors listed on the front cover actually serve as editors of a large compilation of other authors who deal with a tremendous range of topics, all critical to understand, reflect upon, and act about.
I highly recommend this book.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a must read for students in teacher education programs - and all current teachers - particularly if you fall into that 65% (or greater) demographic of self-identifying as a white woman teacher - and ESPECIALLY if your own K-12 background was one of attending school with a majority of other students and teachers who had white skin like you.
Lindsay Cherry
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ANY ONE IN EDUCATION MUST READ THIS BOOK! This book should be added to the undergrad textbook lists for professors to assign to their students. There are so many stories, facts, research, strategies that help us teach our Black boy students.
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even if you're not a teacher, read this book. Especially if you work in a cross-cultural environment. As an ESL teacher for the 18+ population, I found it to be extremely relevant, full of great tips, and very eye-opening. ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pieces of this were more helpful than others, but overall recommended for the target audience.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read for anyone, and especially for teachers. Each article is separate and can be read over time as you digest what you have read.
Katie Florida
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent resource for those wanting to challenge their mindset and check their biases. It presents information in a straightforward way and lends itself well to discussion.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great reference book with short, (mostly) easy to read and helpful chapters.
This is a thought provoking and important read for an white woman who teaches Black boys.
Jen Flores
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Verve, Bloom-Banks Matrix, Stages of White Racial Identity, so powerful.
Sydney White
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Every teacher should read this book. It was phenomenal! Can’t wait to share it with my coworkers!
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read for every white female educator.
Catherine Morrison
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
good read, comprehensive and straightforward
Nicole Misra
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
A must-read if you're a white woman and teach Black boys (and girls). Should be in education preparation programs for white women. ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It a lot to process, but such good, important information! Going to need a paper copy of this one.
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