I have used Augusta Mann’s reading program with first grade the past two years. My first graders became very successful readers. I am using her program with my kindergarten class this year and I have many successful readers, many children that are very proficient at sounding out words, and many amazed and thrilled parents.
— Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher, Indianapolis, IN
3THE 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.
If you and your students have been touched by Augusta Mann's work and principles, please send us your pictures to feature on our website.
4PRINCIPLES 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.
From our new instructional DVD workshop, Touching the Spirit Teaching Strategies: watch the demonstration of this powerful “performance” strategy to accelerate the acquisition of important background knowledge for underperforming students.