One of the great pleasures of the institution in which I now serve is the seriousness with which professional development is conducted. I won’t belabor the point about the hasty superficiality with which this responsibility was fulfilled in other schools (I’ve done this elsewhere on this blog) and its reduction to a pro forma bureaucratic ritual. We’ve been asked to read Dr, Gholdy Muhammad’s recent–and excellent–book Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy. It’s a welcome relief from the usual pabulum that passes as professional development in the school system in which I serve.
In any case, here is a list of consciousness-raising questions I grabbed from page 72 of the edition of the book supplied me. I wrote this for my planning book; however, it could easily (like about 99 percent of what you’ll find on Mark’s Text Terminal, this is a Microsoft Word document that you may, if I dare to say so, bend to your will) be converted into a worksheet or a series of worksheets.
If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.