For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too

  • by Christopher Emdin
  • Narrated by JD Jackson
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A New York Times Best Seller
Featured in: MotherJones.com, Education Week, Weekend All Things Considered with Michel Martin, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, PBS NewsHour.com, Slate, The Washington Post, Scholastic Administrator Magazine, Essence Magazine, Salon, ColorLines, Ebony.com, Huffington Post Education
Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education.
Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color, and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each student's culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their 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to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike - both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within 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 practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the "Seven C's" of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.
Lively, accessible, and revelatory, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too is the much-needed antidote to traditional top-down pedagogy and promises to radically reframe the landscape of urban education for the better.

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What the Critics Say

"JD Jackson narrates Emdin's words with such focus that listeners will be all the more keenly drawn to the discussion. Jackson's deep and raspy voice has a gentle tone that makes it sound like the quintessential teacher voice - one that draws attention with kindness and hope and speaks with students, not at them. Author and narrator will strongly connect with educators..." (AudioFile)

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A must have for urban teachers

I loved listening to this book. Chris was able to put in words how many indigenous people learn. Moreover, stressing the importance of understanding and connecting with students prior to learning through their lens. To hear how Chris seamlessly taught code switching and the importance of it was impressive.
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- Mr. Douglas

A MUST READ....

A must read for anyone involved in the education of Black and Brown students. Emdin drops the mic in making his case that academic outcomes CANNOT come at the expense of students (and teachers) being and becoming their full authentic selves. In fact, outcomes will soar beyond your imagination when you prioritize and value the gifts that students bring. Furthermore, he lays out a clear framework with strategies and tactics you can begin implementing tomorrow. No excuses...let's transform education! #hiphoped
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- Alesha L. Arscott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios