Gloria Ladson-Billings is an author, teacher educator and former public school teacher. Currently, she is the Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and Faculty Affiliate of the Departments of Educational Policy Studies and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ladson-Billings wrote numerous journal articles and books on pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students and the Critical Race Theory in regards to education.
Contribution to Education
Gloria Ladson-Billings spent time observing teachers in public schools that were located in predominately low-socioeconomic school districts to figure out what makes them successful with typically low performing students. Some of the things she observed are all the teachers “shared pride in and commitment to their profession and had an underlying belief that all children could be successful” (learnnc). Furthermore, these teachers established trusting relationships with their students that allowed the students to take responsibility for their own learning. Lastly, these teachers also went beyond the classroom to show support for their students such as attending community events. These observations led Ladson-Billings to realize that in order for “teachers to use culturally relevant pedagogy successfully, they must also show respect for students, and understand the need for the students to operate in the dual worlds of their home community and the
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The Educational Researcher is published nine times during the year. The fact that the journal only has nine issues makes the subject matter more valuable.