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The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Teachers

Although statistics paint a harsh picture of the education of African American children, Ladson-Billings (curriculum and instruction, Univ. of Wisconsin) integrates scholarly research with stories of eight successful teachers in a predominantly African American school district to illustrate that the 'dream' of all teachers and parents-academic success for all children-is alive and can be emulated. The presentation of examples from 'intellectually rigorous and challenging classrooms' emphasizes the cultural and social aspects of the issues in education as a whole.

The author's own experiences as a student and teacher of teachers support the need to make the problems of African American children a central issue in any debate on the American educational system. The in-depth bibliographical notes and the excellent appendixes discussing the methodology and the context of the study should be useful for education students and the libraries serving them.

Gloria Ladson-Billings

San Francisco: Jossey Bass (1994)

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