2nd Edition

Educating African American Students And How Are the Children?

By Gloria Swindler Boutte Copyright 2022
    288 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This straightforward and reader-friendly text provides strategies for P-12 educators who are interested in ensuring the cultural and academic excellence of African American students. It presents a careful balance of published scholarship, a framework for culturally relevant teaching, and research-based cases of teachers who excel at teaching Black children. Examples from multi-ethnic teachers across P-12 grades and content areas (e.g., ELA, science, mathematics, social studies, arts) are presented so that others can extrapolate in their respective educational settings.

    This book explains Black culture, anti-Black racism, African Diaspora Literacy, African American Language, and pro-Black and actionable steps that educators can adopt and implement. Examples of culturally relevant family and community involvement are provided.

    As with the previous edition, readers will appreciate a multitude of resources. After reading this book, educators will view educating African American students as exhilarating and rewarding and Black students will flourish.

    Foreword; Preface;  Acknowledgements;    1) And how are the children? Seeing Strengths and Possibilities ;  2) Liberty And Justice For All? Breaking the Code ;  3) Critical Literacy: Providing Mirrors And Windows For African American Students ;  4) African Diaspora Literacy: Helping African American Students Become Literate About The African Diaspora;  5) We Be Lovin’ The Language (African American Language) ;  6) Culturally Relevant Teaching: Views From Classrooms ;  7) Communalism: Thinking About Families and Communities Inside And Outside Of Schools;  8) Revisioning The Teaching of African American Student


    Gloria Swindler Boutte is an Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina. For more than three decades, Dr. Boutte’s scholarship and teaching have focused on equity pedagogies. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS).

    The Masai of East Africa begin their regular greeting with the question "Kasserian Ingera?" which translated means, "And how are the children?" This is exactly the question Dr. Gloria Swindler Boutte asks because she knows that when the children are well, the society is well. This book addresses this question at just the right time. It provides us with the answers we need to move our children successfully through their education. A must read!

    Dr. Gloria Ladson Billings, Professor Emerita

    And the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

    Past President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

    Imaginative, instructive and truly inspiring, Educating African American Students was ahead of its time and this edition remains essential, incomparable and the most comprehensive culturally-centered pedagogical resource available for educators who are determined to make sure our children are well. In so doing, those who take this book to heart will contribute to the well-being and humanity of all of us. Harambe! "Let's pull together"!

    Dr. Joyce E. King

    Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning & Leadership

    Georgia State University and Past President, The American Educational Research Association

    "Once again, Boutte poses perhaps the most important question any educator committed to equity must pose everyday: And how are the children? Boutte has produced a seven-course meal – an intricate and delicate feast – that is sure to satisfy the appetite of educators working toward justice and joy with Black children, their families, and communities. A tool to help educators build knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and skills necessary to learn from their Black students while teaching, this book should be in the library of those committed to cognitive, academic, psychological, behavioral, affective, emotional, and social wellbeing of young people living and learning in challenging times."

    H. Richard Milner IV, Author, Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There; President-Elect, The American Educational Research Association; Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education, Vanderbilt University