Cultivating Genius Chapter 3

Marvelous Monday! 

Spring is in the air and it's the perfect time to plant the seeds for new ideas and inspiration.

This week, we are continuing our discussion with Chapter Three from Gholdy Muhammad’s thought-provoking book Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.

This chapter discusses the need for cultivating identity and providing curriculum and practices that connect to students’ lives. 

Consider this quote from page 67, “Youth need opportunities in school to explore multiple facets of selfhood, but also to learn about the identities of others who may differ. If they are going to enjoy a quality of life, and live alongside other people, they must deeply know themselves and the histories and truths of other diverse people. Knowing about the cultures of other people teaches them how to respect, love, and live in harmony with others who don’t look or know the world as they do.”

Here are a few conversation starters from page 81. Choose one (or more) and share your thinking!

  • Which ideologies and social conditioning have shaped my knowledge and perspectives of people of Black and Brown children?

  • How will each lesson or unit plan help students to know something about their identities or the identities of others? 

  • What do I know (and still need to learn) about the histories of the students and their families? Do my meetings and programs connect to this knowledge?

The Read It Forward committee is looking forward to having this online conversation with you! Thank you for growing in collaborative professionalism together! 

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