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    Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color
    by Gail L. Thompson, Rufus Thompson

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Contents of Yes, You Can!

About the Authors

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I: Do You Really Love All of Them? Assessing Your Teaching Self-Confidence About Working With Various Types of Students

Chapter 1: Fear, Income, Gender, and Other Issues: Why Your Teaching Self-Confidence Matters

Chapter 2: Teaching in a Racially Diverse World: Examining Your Teaching Self-Confidence About Working With Students of Color and White Students

 Chapter 3: “Oh My Gosh. He Can’t Even Read!” Examining Your Teaching Self-Confidence About Working With Struggling Students

Part II: Student Empowerment-Teacher Empowerment: Increasing Your Teaching Self-Confidence and Your Teaching Efficacy

Chapter: 4: This Stuff is Hard! Improving Your Classroom Management Skills

Chapter 5: A Recipe for Success: Effective Instructional Practices

Chapter 6: Can’t We All Just Get Along? Using the Curriculum to Improve Race Relations in Class

Part III: Getting Help From the “Village”: How to Maximize Your Relations With Parents, Colleagues, and School Leaders

Chapter 7: Bridging the Great Divide: How to Create a Win-Win Situation With Parents, Especially With Non-White Parents

Chapter 8: Ties That Can Bind: Forming Strong Working Relationships With Colleagues of Color

Chapter 9: Ask and It Might Be Given: Getting What You Need From School Leaders

Conclusion Don’t Throw in the Towel: How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up

Bibliography

Appendixes


About the Authors

The authors of Yes, You Can!. . . have nearly 60 years combined of teaching experience, and are the parents of three adult children, including two educators.  Dr. Gail L. Thompson, the Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and the recipient of Claremont Graduate University’s Distinguished Alumna Award, has written numerous books, including the critically acclaimed Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know but are Afraid to Ask About African American Students, and The Power of One: How You Can Help or Harm African American Students, which was nominated for the National Staff Development Council’s Book of the Year award.  Dr. Thompson, who taught junior high and high school for 14 years, has given keynote addresses and conducted professional development workshops for educators and K-12 students at conferences and schools, and has conducted parent empowerment workshops at churches and schools throughout the United States.  She has also appeared on several radio and television programs, and her essays and articles have been published in newspapers and academic journals.

Dr. Thompson’s co-author and husband, Rufus Thompson, wrote part of the Heath (now Houghton Mifflin) Middle Level Literature series and High School Anthology. Starting in 1988, he trained teachers throughout California on how to implement technology into the curriculum, using best practices and sound classroom principles, and taught middle school for 17 years, before becoming the Technology Coordinator of the Mountain View School District in Ontario, California. He also served as a representative on the San Bernardino County BestNet Advisory Board to Superintendents, and his Middle School Journalism program was recognized by the National Middle School Association as one of 80 innovative programs in the United States.  Mr. Thompson, who has a Master’s Degree, has taught courses at the University of Redlands, Chapman University (under contract with Webmedia Solutions), Claremont Graduate University, and California Polytechnic University, Pomona as an adjunct.  He has also provided extensive professional development workshops for teachers and school administrators, organized conferences, and given presentations at several conferences, including the National School Board Association, The National Middle School Association, Computer Using Education (CUE), and California Educational Technology Professional Association (CETPA).  Mr. Thompson recently retired and is the owner of Tech Guy in a Box, a technology and best practices consulting company.