Testimonials

“As a Professor Emerita at California State University Monterey Bay, Sleeter has provided another breakthrough for critical multicultural research with her pedagogical novel, White Bread: Weaving the Cultural Past into the Present.” James C. Jupp, Georgia Southern University.

 

“Using her own experience of exploring her family’s immigration history, renowned educator Christine Sleeter has crafted a captivating story in White Bread that weaves together interrelated themes: investigating family histories, teaching children of diverse backgrounds, and forging personal relationships across lines of race and culture. After reading this engaging novel, readers may be motivated to delve into their own family histories and, along the way, to reflect on what it means to be an American in our complex, multicultural and multilingual nation.” Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

 

“This is a provocative and moving story about how coming to know oneself, including one’s own family history, can lay the foundation for acting in solidarity with others. Addressing the complex topics of teaching, identity and community, White Bread will serve as a valuable resource for pre-service and practicing teachers, as well as for teacher educators. In fact, I can’t wait to use it in my own courses that aim to advance learning about the challenges and joys of teaching in today’s increasingly diverse schools. I highly recommend this book!” Jamy Stillman, University of Southern California

 

“In White Bread, Sleeter imaginatively engages family history as a tool of critical collective reflection, recovering community cultural wealth as a matter of urgency in our classrooms and beyond.” Tara J. Yosso, University of California Santa Barbara

 

Power, Teaching, and Teacher Education is written from the vantage point of a teacher educator fearlessly dedicated to promoting social justice through multicultural and culturally responsive teaching. Sleeter has amassed a body of work during her career advancing effective practices for students from diverse social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. Her scope of highly-regarded work in the field of multicultural education offers hope, vision, and a path for aligning with democratic principles and teaching with integrity.” Barbara Larrivee, California State University, Santa Barbara

 

“In Creating Solidarity Across Diverse Communities, Sleeter and Soriano argue for a concept of solidarity as the basis for ensuring equal access to resources and opportunities while sharing symbolic meanings that pertain to one’s own culture and community. An essential read for parents, teachers, community members, and school administrators.” April Bego, Marshall University Graduate College

 

“With White Bread, Sleeter artfully explores the challenging topics of race, culture, history and identity critical to the success of white teachers in multicultural settings. That she manages to do this in a page-turning, multigenerational novel complete with mystery and romance makes this a must-read not just for teachers, but for everyone.” Bree Picower, Montclair State University

 

“Refreshingly innovative, creatively telling, and heart-wrenchingly intelligent, White Bread not only captures the everyday minutiae of teaching in culturally diverse U.S. classrooms, it also documents the emotional, psychological, and spiritual transformation one undergoes when self-investing in racial justice. Through the humanistic characterization of Jessica, a white, middle class school teacher, Sleeter provides a concrete answer to how the historical nuances of white privilege influence identity, society, and, in particular, education. A must read for the almost 90% white teaching force in the United States!” Cheryl Matias, University of Colorado Denver

 

“Christine E. Sleeter’s practical and scholarly work begins with a commitment to democracy and education – equitable schooling for all children—and leads toward a passionate embrace of the wildly diverse and dynamic society before us. Over many years hers has been a singular voice – the wise woman warrior – identifying, testifying, and fighting courageously against the violations of human and civil rights suffered by the underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. In Power, Teaching, and Teacher Education: Confronting Injustice with Critical Research and Action we find her best and most recent thinking. Here she elaborates her central faith in the incalculable value of every human being; here she makes the case for a renewed participatory public square; here she raises the perennial question – where to we go from here?” Bill Ayers, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

“Grounded in research and practical classroom applications, Christine E. Sleeter’ Power, Teaching and Teacher Education critically analyzes neoliberal views on school reform, such as test-driven standardization and accountability policies, that threaten to crumble the very foundation of multicultural democracy. This well written and powerful book helps us understand the complex ways that make teaching the ultimate political act and should be required reading for all who believe that every student in this country deserves a quality education.” Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, Emory University

 

“Through these teaching stories, Sleeter and Cornbleth demonstrate the kind of rich intellectual life and curiosity we need to create the schools our children deserve. . . .Teaching with Vision is culturally sensitive, critically astute, and absolutely essential for teachers and teacher educators today.” Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools magazine and  Linda Christensen, Lewis and Clark College.

 

“Jessica’s questions, her history, and the situations she finds herself in enable the reader to reflect on the challenges many of us find in the classroom and in our lives on a daily basis. Thoughtful, engaging, compassionate and reflective, White Bread is one of those books that’s easy to read, and go back to, again and again.” William G. Tierney, University of Southern California

 

“In White Bread, Christine Sleeter has woven together a wonderful narrative of life in America, one that includes multiple layers of identity, ever-shifting and forever shaping the deeply entrenched experiences of everyone. The book seamlessly floats back and forth between a time more than a century ago that was not fully documented, and aimed to assimilate a white German past, and a contemporary time in which Mexican-Americans are facing similar concerns. The narrative and characters are delightful, real and compelling. This very thoughtful book presents an engaging vision of social justice. I very much enjoyed reading it.” Paul R. Carr, Université du Québec en Outaouais

  

“White Bread tells a wonderful story of how a young, white, novice teacher comes to critical consciousness around issues of race as she studies her own family history and learns to connect with her Mexican American students. White Bread should be read by everybody, but especially teachers and teacher educators as they work to transform their practices to reach our increasingly diverse student populations. In particular I think White Bread has the power to help white teachers explore their own identities and better understand how legacies of racism and oppression impact communities of color.” Wayne Au, University of Washington Bothell

 

“The brilliance of Sleeter’s Un-Standardizing Curriculum lies in her masterful use of a language of critique combined with a richly weaved multicultural curriculum designed to empower all teachers who yearn to say no to the bureaucratization of teaching and learning while embracing creativity, agency, and cultural democracy.” Donaldo Macedo, University of Massachusetts Boston

 

Un-Standardizing Curriculum is an indispensable book for educators who are interested in designing and developing multicultural curriculum and in promoting equity, diversity, and social justice in their classrooms.” Ramin Farahmandpur, Portland State University

 

“Whether educators are working with student populations perceived as diverse or homogeneous, Creating Solidarity Across Diverse Communities provides profound insights into strategies for building consensus, efficacy, and reducing prejudice and conflict. This is a well-researched volume on complex theories and diverse practices for building solidarity to effect change.” Merry M. Merryfield, The Ohio State University.

 

“In this skillfully edited, engaging, and luminous volume, May and Sleeter have made a unique contribution to education theory and practice by producing a tightly conceptualized and coherent book that illustrates myriad ways in which critical multiculturalism can be implemented in school, college, and university classrooms. The delicate balance between theory and practice in this book makes it welcomed and significant.” James. A. Banks, University of Washington, Seattle

 

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