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3 THE NEED FOR ACCELERATION
A footnote to successful teachers’ use of culture-centered principles and strategies is the understanding that when students are deficient in the skills and knowledge in the standard curriculum, they must be taught at an accelerated pace in order to catch up before they can move forward. Teachers who use the same methods and materials for all students often overlook this fact. This essential acceleration requires a different set of teaching and learning models than those presently used in most schools.

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4 PRINCIPLES OF BRAIN-BASED LEARNING Knowledge from the neurosciences supports our work in culture-centered education and our belief in the need to use new and varied approaches to teaching and learning. The use of brain-based principles deepens our work with culture-centered approaches as they fold so neatly into African American cultural themes. The findings of scientists regarding the positive effects of music on learning, the strong link between novelty and attention, the power of emotions on cognition, the role of movement in learning, and the brain-based need for social relationships all connect to main African American cultural strands.

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