Janice Baines is a second grade teacher and Carmen Tisdale is a reading coach, both in Columbia, South Carolina. Susi Long is a professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina.
"Being 'on the right side of change' means embodying and speaking up for justice, equity, and cultural relevancy. It is a matter of life and death, liberation and transformation, care and love for the lives of People of Color whose very histories, heritages, and literacies, families and communities, are Othered and dehumanized by systems that privilege Whiteness. Teachers of every child must acknowledge that 'we've been doing it your way long enough'-- this is the brilliance of the book and the work that lies ahead for all who commit to choosing the culturally relevant classroom."
--Valerie Kinloch, dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
"Baines, Tisdale, and Long capture our hearts by capturing the heart of culturally relevant teaching. In so doing, readers come to understand how and why #BlackLivesMatter in every elementary classroom and the importance of drawing on the cultural wealth of Black children in the teaching of all students. It is impossible to read this book and return to the same old pedagogies and practices. It compels critically conscious educators to say, "We have been doing it your way long enough, we choose the culturally relevant classroom."
--Nathaniel Bryan, Miami University, Oxford OH
An engaging demonstration of how to create and normalize restorative, energizing, humane, and culturally relevant classrooms for children and for educators. This volume seamlessly embeds guidance for creating liberating pedagogical practices in order to transform schools for all students and teachers.
--Gloria Boutte, University of South Carolina
Baines, Tisdale, and Long teach us to not only have conscience and act on it, but to engage in culturally relevant teaching in ways that are doable and necessary. I thank them for their art of protest.
--Shashray McCormack, elementary school teacher, Louisville KY
If you endeavor to more deeply understand what it takes to transform classrooms into culturally relevant, responsive, and sustainable spaces, this is the book to read. It is for anyone who is fed up with inequitable policies and practices. It is a call to action to make pedagogical shifts that truly honor and build on the many cultural strengths of students and communities.
--H. Richard Milner IV, Helen Faison Professor of Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh
This book lays a strong theoretical and pedagogical foundation for the importance of culturally relevant teaching. It provides vivid examples of how to engage students in learning activities that honor and celebrate their lives. The voices of scholars, practitioners, community members, and students are brilliantly woven throughout and will charge all stakeholders to better serve our students.
--Kamania Wynter-Hoyte, University of South Carolina
The authors of "We've Been Doing It Your Way Long Enough" Choosing the Culturally Relevant Classroom present culturally relevant pedagogy as an alternative to traditional approaches that have not sufficiently improved academic achievement and educational outcomes. --TC Record
Filled with day-to-day literacy practices, this book will help elementary school teachers understand their role in dismantling the imbalance of privilege in literacy education. Chapters take readers into classrooms where they will see, hear, and feel decolonizing and humanizing culturally relevant pedagogies as students learn literacy and a critical stance through musical literacies, oral histories, heritage lessons, and building a critical consciousness. The authors also share strategies to help teachers examine their own educational spaces, start the school year in culturally relevant ways, build reciprocal relationships with families and communities, and teach within standards and testing mandates while challenging unjust systems. Practices are brought to life through students, families, and community members who voice the realities of pedagogical privilege and oppression and urge educators to take action for change.
- Classroom practices that build literacy proficiency and a critical consciousness while re-centering omitted, distorted, and marginalized histories and heritage.
- A strong foundation and rationale for why decolonizing and humanizing culturally relevant pedagogies are necessary.
- Strategies to help teachers and schools engage in self-examination and take action for change.
- Strategies for nurturing mutually respectful relationships with families and community members as teachers affirm and learn from their wisdom.
- Culturally relevant teaching grounded in the ethics of African cultural practice with an emphasis on its value for every student.
- Lists of children's books, professional books, and websites to support the practices described throughout the book.