Honoring Identities Fosters Civil Discourse

My recently released book, Honoring Identities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) argues that creating culturally responsive learning communities is a process which begins with building community, cultivating certain student and teacher dispositions, nurturing social justice, leveraging the power of talk and dialogic exchange, using Cultural Identity Literature to build bridges and to normalize difference, and fostering a culture of civil discourse.

This book would be an ideal professional development book for any educator—whether preservice, veteran, or somewhere in between. It would also make an insightful text in a teaching methods course, advanced practicum course, or any education course focusing on building culturally responsive learning communities or teaching the diverse child.  University teacher preparation programs, as well as English language arts or social studies teachers who are looking for concrete steps in improving culturally sustaining pedagogy, will find the book useful.

Those who teach literature courses will also find the book appealing. With the help of Honoring Identities, educators can construct and put into practice a variety of approaches to the texts they and their future students will read. Whether educators use the GREEN APPLE questions, a Pause and Ponder Moment, or one of the other critical thinking strategies presented in this book to facilitate cross-cultural comprehension, they are training themselves and their students to read beneath layers built by preference and familiarity.

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