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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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This journey would not be possible without the support of Dr. Emery Petchauer and Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle. To Emery, I am eternally grateful to have you as a wonderful friend who pushes me to accomplish my best. Your support, loyalty, and honest critique have continued to humble me, and I am grateful to God to have you as a part of my life. To Kira, your wisdom and book coaching have been invaluable. You literally held my hand at the beginning of this process, and I appreciate your lovely support of my work and me.

Many thanks go to my homeboy, Dr. Decoteau Irby, and my homegirl, Dr. Laura Porterfield. You have both provided guidance, academically and spiritually, during this process, which was really needed at times. I am blessed to have two great friends like you both. Also, much love to my other writing group members, Dr. Sonia Rosen and Dr. Catriona MacLeod, for showing me the strength and beauty of mother-academics. A big shout-out goes to Dr. Tabitha Dell’Angelo, as I am honored each day to work, learn, and grow from you. I am privileged to have an amazing work partner and friend in a woman of great strength and a beautiful spirit like you. I also give a world of thanks to Dr. Carol Rinke, my writing partner and friend. It has been a great journey collaborating with you over the years, and I look forward to many more years working together. A huge Bahraini...

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