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We Got Next

Urban Education and the Next Generation of Black Teachers


Lynnette Mawhinney

Developing a more culturally diverse teaching force is one of the most important tasks facing the education system in the United States. Yet, in the midst of this challenge, little is known about who these teachers might be or where they might come from. We Got Next: Urban Education and the Next Generation of Black Teachers illustrates the journeys that Black pre-service teachers travel in their attempts to become educators. By looking at their educational life histories – their schooling experiences, teaching philosophies, and personal motivation – this book discovers what compels them to become teachers and the struggles and successes they encounter along the way. With texture and care, We Got Next helps professionals, policymakers, and teacher educators to understand what draws young African Americans toward the teaching profession and how to help them get there.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Mawhinney, Lynnette.We got next: urban education and the next generation of Black teachers / Lynnette Mawhinney.pages cm. — (Black studies and critical thinking; v. 48)Includes bibliographical references.1. Education, Urban—United States. 2. African American teachers. 3. Teachers—Training of—United States. I. Title.LC5131.M36 370.9173’2—dc23 2013046485ISBN 978-1-4331-2368-9 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2367-2 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1281-2 (e-book)ISSN 1947-5985

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