Publication Date: March 15, 2013
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
This unique book features an array of approaches, strategies, and tools for teaching multiculturally in the early years. The teachers and classrooms portrayed here provide young children with rich educational experiences that empower them to understand themselves in relation to others. You will see how amazing teachers engage in culturally responsive teaching that fosters educational equity while also meeting state and national standards (such as the Common Core State Standards). This engaging book is sprinkled with questions for reflection and implementation that encourage educators to start planning ways of enhancing their own teaching, making their early childhood setting a more equitable learning space.
Mariana Souto-Manning is Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.
“Provides teachers of young children with strategies to ‘lift the moment(s)’ when inequity or unfairness arises in our classrooms rather than shutting students down with our adult logic.”
“This book escapes temporal, spatial, and disciplinary boundaries. Read it and reflect on how you can take it into your own life of learning.”
—Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University
“Early childhood educators will experience this unique book as a warm and detailed invitation to engage in multicultural education. The emphasis throughout is on “multi”—multiple pedagogical approaches, from culture circles to podcasts to story acting, and multiple cultural heritages embodied by active children and teachers. From a critical perspective and alongside creative teachers who aspire to be transformative, Souto-Manning links accessible theory with rich and thoughtful practices.”
Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
“Mariana Souto-Manning’s Multicultural Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom rightly places the use of deficit thinking and ineffective teaching strategies in the wasteland of classroom instruction. The author superbly documents and explains ways of teaching multiculturally that will richly benefit the learning of all students and make teaching become the fun that teachers dreamed it would be when they first said, ‘I want to teach because I love kids.’”
—Carl A. Grant, Hoefs-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“ Multicultural Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom encourages teachers to honor, affirm, and challenge even our very youngest children to think inclusively, critically, and democratically—a necessity if we are to help develop knowledgeable, caring, and empowered learners.”
—Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2013 AESA Critics’ Choice Award