Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy

Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy


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In Cultivating Genius, Dr. Gholdy E. Muhammad presents a four-layered equity framework—one that is grounded in history and restores excellence in literacy education. This framework, which she names, Historically Responsive Literacy, was derived from the study of literacy development within 19th-century Black literacy societies. The framework is essential and universal for all students, especially youth of color, who traditionally have been marginalized in learning standards, school policies, and classroom practices. The equity framework will help educators teach and lead toward the following learning goals or pursuits:

Identity Development—Helping youth to make sense of themselves and others
Skill Development— Developing proficiencies across the academic disciplines
Intellectual Development—Gaining knowledge and becoming smarter
Criticality—Learning and developing the ability to read texts (including print and social contexts) to understand power, equity, and anti-oppression
 When these four learning pursuits are taught together—through the Historically Responsive Literacy Framework, all students receive profound opportunities for personal, intellectual, and academic success. Muhammad provides probing, self-reflective questions for teachers, leaders, and teacher educators as well as sample culturally and historically responsive sample plans and text sets across grades and content areas. In this book, Muhammad presents practical approaches to cultivate the genius in students and within teachers.

Title:Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy
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    Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy Reviews

  • Franki Sibberson

    Wow! This is a must read for PreK-12+ educators. I know it is out of stock everywhere but order it anyway because everyone needs this book! So much to say and I'll blog about it later but this is a mu...

  • Allison Sirovy

    THIS IS THE BOOK I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR MY ENTIRE TEACHING CAREER! Dr. Gholdy Muhammad connects the excellence of the past, Black literary societies, to how we need to teach for our Black and Brown (...

  • Monise

    This is, by far, the best book I've ever read about teaching, pedagogy, curriculum, etc. Given the recent culmination of events in our country, the reactions, and promises...anyone whose mission is to...

  • K Love

    I feel I could have written this book: the instructional practices, and even some of the instructional lessons I've created and done in the past-- but there is one very important and clear difference:...

  • Tyler

    Review #7 of 2021:“Many curricula are written to focus on skills alone. Authors often feel it is easier to access skills and not other pursuits of learning. This then becomes a capitalistic ploy, to...

  • Beth Honeycutt

    As many of the reviews say, all teachers need to read this book. The way that Muhammad builds the HRL on the understanding and example of Black literary societies is poignant and new learning for me. ...

  • Lisa

    Every person who works in some aspect of education needs to read this book. ...

  • Kelly Jahng

    I found this thought-provoking, and it will undoubtedly transform my views on literacy curriculum moving forward. I have so much underlined on each page, I’ll have to go back and look it over multip...

  • Sarah Krajewski

    What a book! Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s research—mainly the historically responsive literacy framework—got me thinking about my curriculum in a completely different way. I want to cultivate the geniu...

  • Jenny Zimmerman

    Finished this and it will be one of many times reading this book. This is the most important professional book I’ve read recently. It has challenged me more than any other text to critically examine...