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The Identity-Conscious Educator

Building Habits and Skills for a More Inclusive School

By: Liza A. Talusan

Learn powerful, practical strategies for creating an inclusive school community that honors the different identities expressed by students and peers.

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The Identity-Conscious Educator

Learn powerful, practical strategies for creating an inclusive school community. The Identity-Conscious Educator provides a framework for building awareness and understanding of five identity categories: race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Connect with vignettes and personal stories from the author that illuminate how to address identity topics in your personal and professional life. Then, develop skills in engaging in meaningful interactions with students and peers.

  • Discover how identity affects both personal and professional lives.
  • Review a framework for building habits and skills of identity-conscious teaching and learning.
  • Build knowledge of five different identity categories and experiences—race, social class, sexual orientation, gender, and disability—and then act for positive change.
  • Reflect with end-of-chapter questions.
  • Review practical, research-based strategies, and activities for having difficult conversations and creating more inclusive communities.

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Product Code: BKG031, EKF593

ISBN: 9781952812712

“This is essential reading and work for educators seeking to transform classrooms, schools, and communities from color-blind to color-conscious, one habit at a time.”

Jennifer De Leon, creative writing associate professor and author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From

“Liza A. Talusan weaves the conceptual and the practical in ways few authors have managed to do. Her conversational tone reminds readers they are her collaborators in the collective work she’s laid out.”

Paul C. Gorski, founder, Equity Literacy Institute, Columbia, South Carolina

The Identity-Conscious Educator is an indispensable work for every educator! From building your identity-conscious foundation to implementing that practice in real-world scenarios, this book walks you through the entire process.”

Shalen Lowell, author of Gender Optics and publishing project assistant, South Berwick, Maine

The Identity-Conscious Educator is the book we have been waiting for! Practitioner and scholar Liza A. Talusan has dedicated her life to making the framework in this text come to life for teachers and administrators. This powerful book introduces practical tools for nurturing more inclusive school communities.”

Marcella Runell Hall, EdD, author of Uncommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship and vice president for student life, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

The Identity-Conscious Educator should be required reading for all educators. Drawing on her extensive experience, Liza A. Talusan provides the tools readers need to transform their classrooms, educational institutions, and, most importantly, hearts and minds. This is an invaluable guide.”

Patricia Leavy, PhD, author of Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches
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