Identity Safe Classrooms, Grades 6-12: Pathways to Belonging and Learning, 1st Edition

  • Becki Cohn-Vargas
  • Alexandrea Creer Kahn
  • Amy Epstein
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  • ISBN-10: 154435035X
  • ISBN-13: 9781544350356
  • DDC: 370.15
  • 312 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released September 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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In identify safe classrooms, students facing negative stereotypes or viewed as different are “seen,” accepted, and valued for who and what they are. Their identity is embraced as an asset not a barrier for school success. Identity safety is a research-based set of practices that counter the harmful effects of stereotype threat and allow our students to reach their full capacity for learning, foster positive relationships, and better appreciate the full spectrum of human differences. 

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Authors.
Welcome to the Identity Safe Classroom and School.
1: The Introduction.
2: Educator Identity Safety and the Importance of Self-Awareness.
3: Welcome to the Identity Safe Classroom and School.
Student-Centered Teaching.
4: Listening for Student Voices.
5: Teaching for Understanding.
6: Focus on Cooperation.
7: Classroom Autonomy.
8: Student-Centered Teaching.
Cultivating Diversity as a Resource.
9: Using Diversity as a Resource.
10: High Expectations and Academic Rigor.
11: Challenging Curriculum.
12: Cultivating Diversity as a Resource.
Classroom Relationships.
13: Teacher Warmth and Availability for Learning.
14: Positive Student Relationships.
15: Classroom Relationships.
Caring Classroom Environments.
16: Teacher Skill.
17: Emotional and Physical Comfort.
18: Attention to Prosocial Development.
19: Caring Environments.
Epilogue: Closing Thoughts.