Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review- The Dreamkeepers by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Published in 1994, 2nd ed, 2009

I read this book for my Literacy class, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it greatly.  The book is an ethnographic study of eight teachers who were respected in the community for being successful teachers of African American children.  Instead of viewing African American children as problems in schools, Dr. Ladson-Billings wants to highlight teachers who are able to bring their students to rise above the status quo and achieve high proficiency.  Major themes of this book are respect, community, and culturally relevant pedagogy.

I rate this book 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who works with children/teens.  I learned a lot and am newly inspired to be a better teacher.

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