Brave Learner Home: April 2021

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Ever been delighted to stumble across a book that provides startling new insight on something familiar? That’s what happened to me with the book Cultivating Genius. 

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When I was doing research for my own upcoming book about critical thinking, I discovered the work of best-selling author Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy

I noticed right away that Dr. Muhammad’s research into 19th century Black literary societies had themes reminding me of the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling!

She has extended the effective historic model of Black literary societies, creating an “equity framework” for today’s K-12 education.

Her equity framework can make education more meaningful and effective for children learning in school or at home. You’ll find my conversation with her fascinating and affirming! 

Cultivating Genius

Dr. Muhammad explains that many educators today focus mainly on skills and learning standards, while she identifies four components of an effective education: 

  • Identity
  • Skills
  • Intellect
  • Criticality

Are you interested in how to move beyond “skills” as the principal focus for education? Curious about how the practices of historic Black literary societies can have a positive effect on learning in your communities’ schools and in your home? 

Join me and Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad to learn about Cultivating Genius in our upcoming webinar in Brave Learner Home

  • Cultivating Genius 
  • Thursday, April 8, 7 pm ET

Our April speaker in Brave Learner Home, Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad, studies Black historical excellence within educational communities with goals of reframing curriculum and instruction today.

She is an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University. She also serves as the director of the GSU Urban Literacy Collaborative & Clinic. She works with teachers and young people across the United States and South Africa in best practices in culturally responsive instruction. 

Her scholarship has appeared in leading educational journals and books. Some of her recognitions include the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English, Promising New Researcher Award, the 2016 NCTE Janet Emig Award, the 2017 GSU Urban Education Research Award and the 2018 UIC College of Education Researcher of the Year.

She is the author of the best-selling book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.

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