Foreword by: Awad Ibrahim
Publication Date: June 28, 2024
Series: Language and Literacy Series
This book illuminates emerging perspectives and possibilities of the vibrant schooling and civic lives of Black African youth and communities in the United States, Canada, and globally. Chapters present key research on how to develop and enact teaching methodologies and research approaches that support Black African immigrant and refugee students. The contributors illuminate contours of the Framework for Educating African Immigrant Youth, which focuses on four complementary approaches for teaching and learning: emboldening tellings of diaspora narratives; navigating the complex past, present, and future of teaching and learning; enacting social civic literacies to extend complex identities; and affirming and extending cultural, heritage, and embodied knowledges, languages, and practices. The frameworks and practices will strengthen how educators address the interplay of identities presented by African and, by extension, Black immigrant populations. Disciplinary perspectives include literacy and language, social studies, civics, mathematics, and higher education; university and community partnerships; teacher education; global and comparative education; and after-school initiatives.
Vaughn W. M. Watson is an associate professor of English education at Michigan State University. Michelle G. Knight-Manuel is dean of Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Patriann Smith is associate professor of literacy studies at the University of South Florida.
“Educating African Immigrant Youth is, in essence, about how to bring forth the full humanity of African immigrant and refugee youth who find themselves in North American schools, an outline of a cartography that allows possibilities of vibrant schooling and civic lives for these young people.”
—From the Foreword by Awad Ibrahim, professor, vice-provost, equity, diversity and inclusive excellence, University of Ottawa