For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

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15Merging real stories with theory, research, and rehearse, a prominent scholar supplies a new strategy to teaching and learning for each and every stakeholder in urban education.

Drawing on his own example of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms being a young man of color and merging his experiences using more than a decade coaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin comes with a new lens on an strategy to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by using to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, anf the husband challenges educators to embrace and respect each student’s culture as well as reimagine the classroom like a site where roles are reversed and students get to be the experts in her own learning.

Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike—both of whom are actually typecast and stymied by outdated modes of planning on urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates value of creating a family structure and building communities in the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and employ, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the “Seven C’s” of reality pedagogy in their own personal classrooms, urban youth of color gain from truly transformative education.

Lively, accessible, and revelatory, For White Folks Who Teach inside Hood…plus the Rest of Y’all Too will be the much-needed antidote to traditional top-down pedagogy and offers to radically reframe the landscape of urban education with the better.

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