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Highly Effective Teachers of Vulnerable Students

Practice Transcending Theory


Edited By Mary Poplin and Claudia Bermudez

Highly Effective Teachers of Vulnerable Students contains the quintessential details of highly effective teachers working with students who live in poverty inside our public schools and community colleges. This book features the words and actions of the teachers that can inspire and direct any current or future teacher who wants to be great and be a part of inspiring young people to fulfill their potential. This is the grist we need to spark a reinvigorated critical national conversation about what it takes to really have highly effective teachers in low-income public schools and whether we have the moral courage to work as hard as they do to make educational equity a reality in our nation.

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9. A Culture of Honor: Highly Effective Teachers of African American Students in Grades 4–12 (Jaquet Dumas)


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9. A Culture of Honor: Highly Effective Teachers of African American Students in Grades 4–12


“I just start them from where they are. I continue to persevere, and I teach them to persevere, because … they give up easily. I have my own daughter, my last child. Once it’s not going to be easy she just says, ‘I don’t know this,’ [and I say] ‘Oh yes you do, sit down.’ [The] kids … know that I treat them like my own kids.”

—Mrs. K, Middle School Math Teacher

While the quote above represents the words of one effective teacher, teachers across our nation share the same sentiment when it comes to teaching their students. They are committed to cultivating motivated students that believe in their own capacity to do great things. Their passion and commitment to this goal is reminiscent of the love that a parent has for his/her own child. Among the many factors that have been discussed regarding African American student achievement, teachers are proven to be key factors in student success, regardless of student background or socioeconomic status (Hattie, 2003). Despite the alarmingly low statistics and large achievement gaps, there are African American students who are attaining high levels of achievement. The current study was conducted during the 2015–2016 school year with the intention of identifying the personal characteristics, classroom climates, and instructional strategies of teachers who have shown...

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