All Black males are born with dreams and aspirations. However, Black male dreams are often deferred when they leave the classroom at the end of the day. Mindful Teaching Practices for Black Male Achievement was created to be a survival guide for new teachers, with short and to-the-point content and structured reflective exercises for professional development as well as learning communities. This resource contains both research-based and classroom-based content that includes practical resources including:
-Expository real-world vignettes to ground each chapter and to set the tone for reflective practice.
-Reflective exercises for individual or group collaboration that facilitate positive internal shifts.
-Prolepsis approaches that help the reader plan for future success utilizing personal goal setting.
-Extended activities that build on and support positive educational outcomes with Black males in a way that affirms Black male identity are found in the toolkit.
Also in the toolkit, the reader will find sample letter templates to advocate for Black males, intervention plans, student efficacy surveys, and user-friendly best-practices for closing achievement gaps for Black males by grade level.
Theodore S. Ransaw is an Equity and Literacy Outreach Specialist for the Office of K-12 Outreach in the College of Education and, Core Faculty Member of African and African American Studies, and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Gender in Global Context at Michigan State University. Dr. Ransaw is a co-editor of The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health, an author and co-editor of The Handbook of Research on Black males, senior editor for the book series International Race and Education at Michigan State University Press, and author of The Art of Being Cool: The pursuit of Black masculinity.
Chapter 1: Social Factors That Influence Educational Outcomes
Chapter 2: Social and Institutional Policies That Affect Educational Outcomes
Chapter 3: Positive and Negative Thinking That Impact Perception and Performance
Chapter 4: Understanding Issues Related to Black Male Health
Chapter 5: Important Terms to Know When Working With Black Males
Chapter 6: Recommendations for Black Male Success in the Classroom
Chapter 7: Mindful Teaching Practices for Black Male Achievement Toolkit
About the Author
Mindful Teaching Practices for Black Male Achievement is an exceptionally timely book. The historical inequalities of our nation’s education system are well documented and as the world looks for a “new normal” in the post-COVID era, now is the time for current practitioners to re-examine their efforts towards providing an equitable education for all students. Dr. Ransaw expertly details the historical and contemporary cultural experiences of Black males, how those experience are perceived by educators, and the effect these variables have on Black male students in our nation’s schools today. By providing actionable recommendations, Dr. Ransaw has created a toolbox that current educators can implement to have an immediate impact on their students.
Dr. Theodore Ransaw is a forward thinking and thoughtful American patriot with energy and passionate delivery of information and practices that rightfully target improving the education of African American students, especially Black Males, in the United States of America. His delivery and research is inspiring to his audiences, providing hope for a great future of American democracy. His knowledge is critical for the advancement of ALL children in the United States of America and, in fact, the United States of America itself! His research and passionate delivery moves his audiences to patriotic action around equity that uplifts ALL and will help you take steps toward the eradication of disparity in the United States of America - uplifting all and making our country even stronger with a hopeful future.
Mindful Teaching Practices stands tall out of Ted Ransaw's prolific works of scholarship committed to supporting Black males achievement. This resource offers insightful, practical, and evidenced practices for educators to propel their Black male students towards excellence.