Change Is Gonna Come

Transforming Literacy Education for African American Students


Patricia A. Edwards, Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon, and Jennifer D. Turner

Edward Fry Award

Few topics in education have received more attention than the literacy underachievement of African American children. While many books decry the crisis in the schooling of African American children, they are often disconnected from the everyday experiences and work of classroom teachers and principals. Change Is Gonna Come is the first book of its kind, offering both an in-depth examination of critical issues and specific practices to help K–12 educators transform literacy teaching and learning for African American students. The authors offer a compelling, engaging call to action as they address the fight for access to literacy; supports and roadblocks to success; best practices, theories, and perspectives on teaching African American children; and the role of families in the literacy lives of their children. Throughout, they highlight the valuable lessons learned from the past and share real stories from their own diverse experiences as teachers, parents, and community members. Use this book to empower your work and transform literacy education for African American students in your classroom and school.

© 2010 | 224 pp.
IRA stock no. 9312
Copublished with Teachers College Press

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