New book with contributions from ISU education scholars aims to better serve Black girls in the classroom

April 13, 2021

A collaborative effort between over 80 contributing authors and six editors is soon to be published in the upcoming book “Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls.” Among the contributions is a chapter co-authored by SOE associate professor Katy Swalwell, local high school student Nya Bottley, and 2020 Master of Education alumna Vashalice Howard Kaaba.

The book is a collective call to action for educational justice and fairness by focusing on transforming how educators understand, respect, and teach Black girls. The project’s editors and authors intentionally address the harrowing experiences of racism and sexism that many Black girls endure in schools while also lifting up Black girls’ beauty, talents, and brilliance. 

Chapters rooted in scholarship, lived experiences, and practice are rich with diverse content, companion videos, and practical resources centering Black female protagonists. The book callswilling and knowledgeable educators to disrupt and transform their learning spaces. “Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls” will be published by SAGE Publications.

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Contact Details:

Name: Katy Swalwell
Phone: 515-294-4511
Department: School of Education