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"We Dare Say Love"

Supporting Achievement in the Educational Life of Black Boys

Na'ilah Suad Nasir Jarvis R. Givens Christopher P. Chatmon James A. Banks Tyrone C. Howard Pedro A. Noguera

160 pages
Teachers College Press
"We Dare Say Love" takes up the critically important issue of what it means to educate Black male students in a large urban district. It chronicles the development and implementation of the African American Male Achievement Initiative in Oakland Unified School District, following a small group of Black male educators who changed district policy and practice to create a learning experience for Black boys rooted in love. The book takes readers inside the classrooms and inside the heads and hearts of program founders, leaders, and instructors to understand their pedagogy of care. It also elucidates the rituals, beliefs, and practices that created a classroom environment that held high expectations for the engagement and achievement of Black boys and provided a space for Black male students to blossom. Book Features: A model of a successful initiative that confronted the very real issues of racism that exist within schools. A curriculum that builds on the cultural history of African Americans, with a focus on family and community relationships. Chapters that provide the research evidence and also speak from the perspective of the educators themselves. Reflection chapters by leading experts on Black male achievement, including Tyrone Howard and Pedro Noguera. Guidance for teachers, administrators, and district leaders wishing to improve education for Black male students.
Author Bio
Na’ilah Suad Nasir is the president of the Spencer Foundation and a faculty member (on leave) at the University of California, Berkeley. Jarvis R. Givens is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Christopher P. Chatmon serves as deputy chief of equity for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and was named as a "Leader to Learn From" by Education Week magazine.