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Preservice Teachers, Social Class and Race in Urban Schools: Experiences and Strategies for Teachers

Andrea D. Lewis, Ph.D., C’96, assistant professor and chair of education at Spelman College, has published her first book, “Preservice Teachers, Social Class and Race in Urban Schools: Experiences and Strategies for Teachers.” The book is an autobiographical and research-based exploration of the perceptions of Black middle and upper class preservice teachers about teaching and learning in high-poverty urban schools. 

This groundbreaking book is the first in the sector to explore the experiences of middle and upper class Black student teachers who, like their white counterparts, also may lack experience interacting with low-income students. Through the narrative, Dr. Lewis provides her audience heavy introspection of her journey and offers unique insights from former college students and teachers who experienced the same boundary crossing in their first school-based teaching experience. If you are working with or interested in being an educator of students from diverse backgrounds, this book is highly recommended!

Andrea D. Lewis is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Spelman College. Lewis has received awards for exemplary community service and excellence in education from numerous organizations, including Atlanta Public Schools, the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, United Negro College Fund, Turner Broadcasting, and Outstanding Atlanta.