Ladson-Billings is author of ‘one-of-a-kind’ new book on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

UW–Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is the author of a new book that is titled, “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Asking a Different Question.”

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Ladson-Billings is a professor emerita in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the president of the National Academy of Education.

A preview for the book notes that for the first time, the volume provides a definitive collection of Ladson-Billings’ groundbreaking concept of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP). The compilation of Ladson-Billings’ published work on CRP “examines the theory, how it works in specific subject areas, and its role in teacher education.”

In addition, a final section “looks toward the future, including what it means to re-mix CRP with elements of youth culture such as hip hop.”

Importantly, the book aims to confront deficit perspectives that ask, “What’s wrong with those kids,” explains the preview. Instead, Ladson-Billings asks a different question that fundamentally shifts the way we think about teaching and learning. Noting that “those kids” usually means Black students, she asks instead: “What is right with Black students and what happens in classrooms where teachers, parents, and students get it right?”

Learn more about this one-of-a-kind collection on this Teachers College Press webpage.

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