Recommended Resources and Readings

One of the best strategies for examining and understanding how to reach and teach a diverse student population is to become literate about who they are, where they come from and the gifts they bring with them.

Study groups are recommended for this purpose and to give colleagues opportunities to share perspectives and experiences that have proven successful in the classroom, home or in other diverse environments.

The following books, DVDs and website are suggested by the IPS Racial Equity Office:

  • “Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom” by Dr. Lisa Delpit
  • “BLACK: Beliefs Limiting Authentic Cultural Knowledge” by George Middleton
  • “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap” by Dr. Paul Gorski
  • “The Big Lies of School Reform: Finding New Ways Forward for Public Education” by Dr. Paul Gorski
  • “Black Children: Their Roots, Culture & Learning Styles” by Dr. Janice Hale-Benson
  • “We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools” by Gary Howard
  • “200+ Strategies for Teaching Children of Color” by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
  • “An African-Centered Response to Ruby Payne’s Poverty Theory” by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
  • “Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms” by Richard Milner IV
  • “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong” by Dr. James Loewen
  • “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
  • “Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development” by Enid Lee
  • “What is It About Me You Can’t Teach? Culturally Responsive Instruction in Deeper Learning Classrooms” by Dr. Eleanor Rodriguez
  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
  • “Race: The Power of An Illusion” PBS/California Newsreel (DVD)
  • “Attucks: The School That Opened a City” WFYI–Channel 20 Indianapolis (DVD)
  • Southern Law Poverty Center (Teaching Tolerance website)