African-Centered Schooling in Theory and Practice: by Diane S Pollard

By Diane S Pollard

Although faculties with an African-centered academic concentration have existed for over two hundred years, they've got almost always been autonomous associations. in the earlier few years, the belief of incorporating an African and African-American cultural orientation in public faculties has been explored. This exploration has proceeded in a couple of methods: in Baltimore, MD, African-centered schooling was once instituted in chosen study rooms inside an differently conventional college. In Milwaukee, and in different towns comparable to Detroit, MI, and Washington, DC, African-centered courses were carried out in chosen schools.

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The lack of availableAfrican American teachers in schools in general, and particularly in schools in which African American students predominate,is important in at least two ways. First, African American teachers have often served as role models and parent surrogatesfor African American students. Second, they often bringto their classrooms beliefs in the efficacy of African American children, an ability to communicate with them, and the use of culturally relevant pedagogical strategies (King, 1993).

During the initialfive years that this elementary school operatedas an African American Immersion School, the principal exhibitedseveral consistent themes in her perceptions and leadershipstyle. These included (1) a clear vision of what this particular African-centered educational model should be andan agenda for implementing that vision,(2) an active and flexible hands-on management style, (3) positive and empowering relationships with staff, (4) high expectations for academic achievement among the students, and (5) a perception of what constitutes school change.

The lead student reader then says, “Thank you. ’ ”The namesof students with birthdaysare announced, and the children then turn their attention toclassroom activities. This ritual is one of many examples of a school-wide activitythat infuses African and African American history and culture into the ongoing daily life of the school. THE SCHOOL SETTING The African American Immersion elementary school was built in the early part of the nineteenth century. The large, three-story, brightly colored stucco building stands alone on a city block, surrounded by a paved-over playgroundand staff parking lot.

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