Kwanzaa and Me

Kwanzaa and Me

In her latest book, Vivian Paley sets out to discover the truth about the multicultural classroom from those who participate in it. Here are the voices of black teachers and minority parents, immigrant families, a Native American educator, and the children themselves, whose stories mingle with the author's to create a candid picture of the successes and failures of the integrated classroom.

Celebrate Winter Holidays!

Celebrate Winter Holidays!

Presents read-aloud stories, poems, playlets, art projects, ready-to-go games, easy recipes, literature links, and more to help teachers and their students understand and appreciate the traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year.

Narrative and Experience in Multicultural Education

Narrative and Experience in Multicultural Education

Narrative and Experience in Multicultural Education explores the untapped potential that narrative and experiential approaches have for understanding multicultural issues in education. The research featured in the book reflects an exciting new way of thinking about human experience. The studies focus on the lives of students, teachers, parents, and communities, highlighting experiences seldom discussed in the literature. Most importantly, the work emphasizes the understanding of experience and transforming this understanding into social and educational significance.

Engaging Troubling Students

A Constructivist Approach

Engaging Troubling Students

Filled with rich narrative and designed for educators working with troubling students each day, this insightful, practical guide leads you in developing helpful, trusting student-teacher relationships.

The Principal as Early Literacy Leader

The Principal as Early Literacy Leader

This resource presents an overview of how three-, four-, and five-year-olds learn to read and shows school leaders how to implement and support quality early literacy programs.

Those Good Gertrudes

A Social History of Women Teachers in America

Those Good Gertrudes

Those Good Gertrudes explores the professional, civic, and personal roles of women teachers throughout American history. Its voice, themes, and findings build from the mostly unpublished writings of many women and their families, colleagues, and pupils. Geraldine J. Clifford studied personal history manuscripts in archives and consulted printed autobiographies, diaries, correspondence, oral histories, interviews—even film and fiction—to probe the multifaceted imagery that has surrounded teaching. This broad ranging, inclusive, and comparative work surveys a long past where schoolteaching was essentially men's work, with women relegated to restricted niches such as teaching rudiments of the vernacular language to young children and socializing girls for traditional gender roles. Clifford documents and explains the emergence of women as the prototypical schoolteachers in the United States, a process apparent in the late colonial period and continuing through the nineteenth century, when they became the majority of American public and private schoolteachers. The capstone of Clifford’s distinguished career and the definitive book on women teachers in America, Those Good Gertrudes will engage scholars in the history of education and women’s history, teachers past, present, and future, and readers with vivid memories of their own teachers.

Kwanzaa

Black Power and the Making of the African-American Black Holiday Tradition

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Holiday Tradition explores the beginning and expansion of Kwanzaa, from its start as a Black Power holiday, to its place as one of the most mainstream black holiday traditions.

Kwanzaa & the Nguzo Saba

Something Sacred for & from the Souls of Black Folks

Kwanzaa & the Nguzo Saba

The insights and perspectives presented in this work seek to encourage and facilitate the deepest understanding and most diligent undertaking of the principles, precepts and practices of the Kwanzaa/Nguzo Saba tradition, to allow the historical-cultural-spiritual dynamics which they embody to have their greatest, transformative and liberating impact on the lives of individuals, families, communities, and nations, throughout the world-wide community of sons and daughters of Africa. We must not allow the power and potentials of this magnificent body of African history, heritage and promise to be lost to the anti-African forces, values and practices that seek to undermine their eternal truth, beauty and goodness. --Min. Mxolisi Ozo-Sowande

Kwanzaa Songs For Everyone

Kwanzaa Songs For Everyone

Kwanzaa Songs for Everyone is a unique collection of music and poetry that celebrates the spirit of Kwanzaa. Set to familiar holiday tunes, these songs have all new lyrics and are expressed with a distinctive cultural flavor. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili language and means “the first fruits of harvest”. It is celebrated during the seven-day period from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa is a unique cultural event that pays homage to the past, present, and future of African Americans. It has no religious connotations nor does it attempt to replace or substitute for Christmas, or any religious beliefs or observations. The reason why Kwanzaa came to be is simple: Until the creation of Kwanzaa by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga in 1966, African Americans did not have a specific occasion to universally celebrate our culture. Kwanzaa incorporates African heritage into the festivities of the winter solstice and holiday season. After over forty years, practice, Kwanzaa is now celebrated by millions of people thorough out America, the African Diaspora, and all over the world. The seven principles of Kwanzaa promote family values, cultural enlightenment, and the growth of a cooperative community spirit, collective economic opportunities, community strength, family cohesiveness and progressive individual expression. The ultimate goal of Kwanzaa is that the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, become a living part of the individual and community until they are practiced every day of the year.

Kwanzaa for Conrad & the Survival Tango

Kwanzaa for Conrad & the Survival Tango

“Kwanzaa for Conrad & The Survival Tango” offers a gritty, sometimes funny picture of a brilliant man who manages to swim out of schizophrenia into a “normal” creative life as a writer.