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Culturally Sustaining Literacy Pedagogies

Honoring Students' Heritages, Literacies, and Languages

208 pages
Teachers College Press

This practical book will help literacy teachers operationalize research on culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP) to reach all students. The authors guide pre- and inservice educators in creating classroom environments and learning experiences that foster students’ literacy and language development, engagement with school, and critical consciousness. Chapter authors explore questions about how CSP is enacted in classrooms and how it impacts students, especially in schools that are heavily influenced by standardized testing and curricula. Readers will find concrete examples of how CSP is being used to shape students’ identities and their literacy abilities. The text is organized in three sections: Part I offers models in elementary classrooms; Part II presents models in classrooms for adolescents and youth; and Part III illustrates considerations for implementing CSP across K–12 contexts.

Book Features:

  • Focuses on enacting literacy practices that will make teaching and learning more equitable for all students.
  • Provides authentic examples of culturally sustaining literacy pedagogy across multiple grade levels.
  • Includes photographs, trade books, and lesson examples that reflect culturally relevant and sustaining teaching in actual classrooms.
Author Bio

Susan Chambers Cantrell is a professor of literacy at the University of Kentucky. Doris Walker-Dalhouse is professor of literacy in the College of Education at Marquette University and professor emerita of literacy at the Minnesota State University. Althier M. Lazar is professor of education at Saint Joseph’s University.