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Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools
Differences That Make a Difference

Howard C. Stevenson
Pub Date: December 2013, 240 pages

Paperback: $32.95, ISBN: 0807755044
Cloth: $70.00, ISBN: 0807755575
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“Once more, Howard Stevenson has provided a blueprint of critical importance to policymakers, practitioners, teachers, and parents!”
MargaretBealeSpencer, Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education and professor of Life Course Human Development, University of Chicago

Based on extensive research, this provocative volume explores how schools are places where racial conflicts often remain hidden at the expense of a healthy school climate and the well-being of students of color. Most schools fail to act on racial microaggressions because the stress of negotiating such conflicts is extremely high due to fears of incompetence, public exposure, and accusation. Instead of facing these conflicts head on, schools perpetuate a set of avoidance or coping strategies. The author of this much-needed book uncovers how racial stress undermines student achievement. Students, educators, and social service support staff will find workable strategies to improve their racial literacy skills to read, recast, and resolve racially stressful encounters when they happen.

Book Features:

  • A model that applies culturally relevant behavioral stress management strategies to problem-solve racial stress in schools.
  • Examples demonstrating workable solutions relevant within predominantly White schools for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Measurable outcomes and strategies for developing racial literacy skills that can be integrated into the K–12 curriculum and teacher professional development.
Teaching and leadership skills that will create a more tolerant and supportive school environment for all students.

Howard C. Stevensonis a clinical and consulting psychologist and theConstance E. Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies. He is former chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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