Strate­gies to Close the Achieve­ment Gap in the Early Years

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De­bra Ren-etta Sul­li­van, Redleaf Press Soft­cover $29.95 (184 pp), 978-1-60554-405-2

A must-read for ed­u­ca­tors and par­ents, Cul­ti­vat­ing the Ge­nius of Black Chil­dren is a prac­ti­cal, in-depth look at the cul­tural rel­e­vancy and teach­ing method­olo­gies best suited for the suc­cess of black chil­dren in public and pri­vate school set­tings. De­bra Ren-etta Sul­li­van uses es­tab­lished cur­ricu­lum mod­els, learn­ing strate­gies, and ap­proaches, com­bined with new con­cepts in or­ga­ni­za­tion and fo­cus; and while black chil­dren and their par­tic­u­lar needs are highlighted, the ap­plied ini­tia­tives are meant for cul­tur­ally di­verse class­rooms and com­mu­ni­ties.

Draw­ing from her own dis­sat­is­fac­tion as a mo­ti­vated black stu­dent and years of teach­ing and con­sult­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Sul­li­van’s blended knowl­edge of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and cul­tural an­thro­pol­ogy cre­ates an ex­cit­ing new ini­tia­tive for both black ad­vo­cacy and the prac­tices needed to max­i­mize learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion. Full of prac­ti­cal ad­vice and check lists, and backed by years of col­lec­tive stud­ies and con­text, teach­ers, ed­u­ca­tors, and, most of all, stu­dents, will ben­e­fit from these in­sights, start­ing with the as­sump­tion that all black chil­dren are ge­niuses.

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