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Culturally relevant teaching resources

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The following websites can help you organize your research and to develop a knowledge base for culturally relevant teaching. You can use the Contributions worksheet tool to record and reflect on what you learn from these sources.

Ed Change: Provides lists of books, articles and videos on different cultural and ethnic groups, as well as on multicultural education. http://www.edchange.org

Multicultural education resources site from Professor Christine Sleeter provides a way to organize your research and contains numerous links to websites and references for research, curriculum and training materials.

Educational Justice offers curricular materials and lesson plans, announcements about conferences and training, and references to research and resources about multicultural education. Contains a series that examines how teachers can get to know their students’ cultures and backgrounds. See their Educational Justice Resource page.

Center for Cultural Fluency. This site, sponsored by the Center located at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, provides resources for educators who want to add multicultural perspectives to their curriculum. Resources and references about different social and cultural groups can be accessed from their Professional Development page.

National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Provides multicultural curricular materials, research and workshops on multicultural education, bullying prevention, cultural diversity programs, advocacy groups, grants and equity centers.

The Algebra Project On-line: Presents history, program materials and curricular materials related to Robert Moses’ Algebra Project that aims to improve academic achievement of low-income, African-American and other racial minority children and youth.

Some readings to explore:

Multicultural education/Culturally relevant teaching
Au, K. H. (1993). Literacy instruction in multicultural settings. New York: Harcourt Brace.
Delpit, L. (1995). Other people’s children: Cultural conflict in the classroom. New York: New Press.
Foster, M. (1997). Black teachers on teaching. New York: New Press.
Freire, P. (1968). Pedagogy of the oppressed. New York: Seabury Press.
Gay, G. (2000). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory, research and practice. New York: Teachers College Press.
Hollins, E.R. (1996). Culture in school learning: Revealing the deep meaning. Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Howard, G.R. (1999). We can’t teach what we don’t know: White teachers, multiracial schools. New York: Teachers College Press.
Ladson-Billings, G. (1994). The dreamkeepers: Successful teachers of African-American children. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Moses, R.P, & Cobb, C.E. Jr. (2001). Radical equations: Math literacy and civil rights. Boston: Beacon.
Nieto, S. (2000). Placing equity front and center: Some thoughts on transforming teacher education for a new century. Journal of Teacher Education, 51 (3), 180-187.
Oakes, J. & Lipton, M. (1999). Teaching to change the world. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
Wade, R.C. (1993). Content analysis of social studies textbooks: A review of ten years of research. Theory and research in social education, 21(3), 232-256.

Communication patterns and practices
Dyson, A.H. (2003). The brothers and sisters learn to write: Popular literacies in childhood and school cultures. New York: Teachers College Press.
Dyson, A.H. (1993). Social worlds of children learning to write in an urban primary school. New York: Teachers College Press.
Fox, H. (1994). Listening to the world: Cultural issues in academic writing. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English
Krater, J., Zeni, J., & Carson, N.D. (1994). Mirror images: Teaching writing in Black and White. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Lee, C. (1993). Signifying as a scaffold to literary interpretation: The pedagogical implications of a form of African-American discourse. (NCTE Research Rep. No. 26). Urbana, IL:National Council of Teachers of English.
Michaels, S. (1984). Listening and responding: Listening to the logic of children’s class-room narratives. Theory into Practice, 23(3), 218-224.
Nieto, S. (2000). Affirming diversity: The sociopolitical context of multicultural education. New York: Longman.
Samovar, L.A. & Porter, R.E. (Eds). (1991). Intercultural communication: A reader. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Smitherman, G. (1977). Talkin’ and testifyin’: The language of Black America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Tannen, D. (1990). You just don’t understand: Women and men in conversation. New York: Morrow.

Reading about Race, Class, Gender and Other Social Identities
Anzaldua, G. (1999). Borderlands: the new mextiza/La frontera. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books.
Brodkin, K. (2002). How Jews became white folks and what that says about race in America. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
Collins, P.H. (2000). Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment. New York: Routledge.
Fanon, F. (1986). Black skin, white masks. London: Pluto.
Greymorning, S. (Eds). (2004). A will to survive: Indigenous essays on the politics of culture, language and identity. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
Kottack, C.P., & Kozaitis, K.A. (1999). On being different: Diversity and multiculturalism in the North American mainstream. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill College.
Lee, Stacey. (1996). Unraveling the “model minority” stereotype: Listening to Asian American youth. New York: Teachers College Press.
Marable, M. , McMillian, J. & Frazier, N. (Eds). (2003). Freedom on my mind: The Columbia documentary history of the African American experience. New York: Columbia University Press.
Massey, D., & Denton, N. (1993). American apartheid. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
McIntosh, P. (1990). “White Privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack.” Independent School, Winter, 31-36.
Omi, M., & Winant, H. (1986). Racial formation in the United States. New York: Routledge.
Rochin, R.I., & Valdes, D. N. (Eds.) Voices of a New Chicana/o History. East Lansing, M: State University Press.
Root, M.P.P. (1996). The multiracial experience: Racial borders as the new frontier. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
Rosenblum, K., & Travis, T. (Eds). (2002). The meaning of difference: American constructions of race, sex and gender, social class and sexual orientation (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill.
Romero, M. , Hondagneu-Sotelo, P. , Ortiz, V. (Eds). Challenging fronteras: Structuring Latina and Latino lives in the U.S.: an anthology of readings. New York: Routledge.
Takaki, R. (1993). A different mirror: A history of multicultural America. Back Bay Books.
Tatum, B.D., (1997). Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria and other conversations about race. New York: Basic Books.
Van Ausdale, D. & Feagin, J. R. (2000) The first R: How children learn race and racism. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield.
Wu, F. H. (2003). Yellow: Race in American beyond black and white. New York: BasicBooks.
Zinn, H. (2003). A people’s history of the United States, 1492-Present. New York: HarperCollins.