In this book, Johnnie McKinley reveals the depth of her caring about black students’ learning and describes the beliefs and values that exceptional teachers and their students follow as they grow and learn together. By sharing educators’ stories, Johnnie introduces readers to classrooms where learning is continuous, where teachers and students respect each other, and where principals and teachers alike approach teaching students of color from a position of effi cacy and confi dence. Readers are sure to be entertained, fascinated, and enlightened by the insights they gain from these teachers’ stories. They will also learn how to set and maintain expectations; establish positive social interactions; and design, implement, and assess culturally responsive teaching strategies that bring about high-quality learning. School environments today are characterized by increasing diversity of languages among incoming students, confl ict over beliefs about what students should be required to learn, and considerable divergence in thinking about the very importance of schools. It has never been more critical that students learn to think well, to understand information, to develop effective skills for using information to solve complex problems, and to communicate ideas. The strategies illustrated in Raising Black Students’ Achievement through Culturally Responsive Teaching will help teachers achieve these important goals and, thereby, reduce learning gaps between black and white students.