| By Gale Staff |
Access to professional development about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is critical for educators to break barriers, inspire change, and better help kids of all colors and backgrounds achieve success. Author Robert Jackson recognized this need as an educator. In his book, Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students, Jackson calls on educators to work through their own biases and embrace key beliefs and mindsets that will help them better serve their students.
“I wrote this book out of pain actually,” Jackson said. “Trauma and a lot of pain that I experienced, and a lot of our young people continue to experience on a daily basis.”
Jackson explained that he wants educators to come as they are and approach topics of diversity and equity with an open mind. “This book wasn’t written to shame anybody,” he said. “We have all these issues that are in the forefront, [and] we need to make sure that we have something to fight it with. . . . We need to make sure we put out good information that’s going to help educators educate, activate, and motivate kids to be great, which is our job.”
Watch Jackson explain what he hopes educators take away from this book:
Professional development titles, like Becoming the Educator They Need, are available on the Gale eBooks platform to address the topics that matter to today’s educators, including culturally responsive teaching, social and emotional needs, and supporting all students. Equip your educators with this title and more with the New Teacher PD Subcollection on Gale eBooks: Professional Learning.
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