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You Can't Teach Us if You Don't Know Us and Care About Us

Becoming an Ubuntu, Responsive and Responsible Urban Teacher


Omiunota Nelly Ukpokodu

This book addresses the needs of diverse urban students for a new kind of teacher, classroom learning context, curriculum, and pedagogy in order to effectively learn, perform, and achieve. Drawing on the African concept of Ubuntu as a fundamental framework for enacting a humanizing pedagogy, the text invites teachers, students, and families to enter into an interdependent and interconnected relationship for education. This book is uniquely transformative as it elevates the centrality of student humanity and models the integration of emergent theories and practices, utilizing real-life stories to enlighten and illuminate. Emphasis is placed on Ubuntu pedagogy as a model to emulate, anchored on five ethical dimensions: humanism and Ubuntu competence, relationship and learning community, humanism in the curriculum, pedagogical and instructional excellence, and collaboration and partnership. Particularly valuable for teachers learning to cultivate the spirit of Ubuntu that undergirds their ability to be humane, responsive, socially- just, efficacious, and resilient, this book is a cutting-edge resource for effectively addressing the persistent academic achievement of diverse urban students.

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Chapter 6. Ethic of Collaboration and Partnership


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Teachers cannot fully understand and effectively teach their students unless they know, connect and collaborate with their students’ families and communities. It is imperative that teachers cultivate critical perspectives and strategies for building sustainable relationships with families and communities. Teacher education standards and the new teacher licensure assessment (edTPA) require teacher candidates to demonstrate knowledge of student family, school, and community and to analyze the implications for curricular and pedagogical decisions and practices. Teacher candidates are also expected to demonstrate the ability to build relationships and collaborate with colleagues and other professionals.

This chapter addresses the ethic of collaboration and partnership between and among stakeholders in urban students’ education. The chapter addresses this question: Do urban families need a different kind of relationship in order to effectively collaborate with educators? The chapter addresses the relationship gap between parent/family and teacher, debunks myths about urban parents/families, and introduces perspectives on building Ubuntu collaborations with diverse stakeholders. ← 173 | 174 →

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