The Biracial and Multiracial Student Experience: A Journey to Racial Literacy

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Bonnie M. Davis
Corwin Press, Jun 29, 2009 - Education - 168 pages

What does it mean to be “in between”?

As more biracial and multiracial students enter the classroom, educators have begun to critically examine the concept of race. Through compelling narratives, best-selling author Bonnie M. Davis gives voice to a frequently mislabeled and misunderstood segment of the population. Filled with research-based instructional strategies and reflective questions, this book supports readers in examining:

  • The meaning of race, difference, and ethnicity
  • How mixed-identity students develop racial identities
  • How to adjust instruction to demonstrate cultural proficiency
  • Complex questions on bi- and multiracial experiences, white privilege, and the history of race in the U.S.

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AbouttheAuthor Prologue
Beginning the Journey
What Is Race?
What Are You?
What Are the Challenges for Multiracial Students?
How MixedIdentity Students Develop Racial Identities
Reaching Out to Other Professionals to Learn What IDont Know
The Impactof Skin Color 8 Parent Voices
Culturally Proficient Suggestions and Strategies
Future Voices
The Journeys End and Next Steps
Selected Bibliography

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Bonnie M. Davis, PhD, is a veteran teacher of more than forty years who is passionate about education. She taught in middle schools, high schools, universities, homeless shelters, and a men’s prison. She holds a doctorate in English from St. Louis University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year in two public school districts, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Community Service Award. She has presented at numerous national conferences and currently works in school districts across the country.

Dr. Davis’ work centers on examining what “we don’t know we don’t know” about ourselves in order to more effectively teach students who don’t look like us. Moving from self reflection to action, her books offer educators culturally responsive, standards-based instructional strategies that bridge culture, language, race, and ethnicity.

Dr. Davis’s publications include the How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies(2012);How to Coach Teachers Who Don’t Think Like You: Using Literacy Strategies to Coach Across Content Areas (2007); The Biracial and Multiracial Student Experience: A Journey to Racial Literacy(2009); and Creating Culturally Considerate Schools: Educating Without Bias (2012) with coauthor Kim L. Anderson. She is currently working on the Equity 101 Series with Curtin Linton, Executive Vice President of School Improvement Network.

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