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The Case of the Black Female Educator (Ep27)

Empowerment Starts Here with Nyia Dykes (click here to listen to the episode).

Scroll down to access links and other resources mentioned in Episode 27- “The Case of the Black Female Educator.”

Ep27.Nyia Dykes (2)

As stated in my dissertation, warm demander is “a pedagogical approach that demands student achievement.  Through warm demander, derived out of the historical practice of Black educators in the segregated era of public schooling, teachers warmly demanded excellence.  Excellence, or achievement, is not limited to traditional forms of achievement as measured by standardized tests.  It includes an achievement that allows for the socioeconomic and political advancement of the communities in which students reside.”  In the dissertation, I go on to add that Gloria Ladson-Billings, the scholar we mentioned last week for culturally relevant teaching, said that being a successful warm demander is tricky because you have to both demand excellence and get students to choose it at the same time.

This is what I saw in Nyia’s online presentation when she and I started following each other.  Originally wanting to name the episode The Case of the Warm Demander, I decided against it because while Nyia embodies the practice, she was not really aware of the terminology.

As you know, the third question I present to informants is “So tell me about the naming of this case.  What does it mean to you?”  Through this question, the informant is allowed to start presenting and unpacking the case.  Without Nyia’s knowledge of the word, I felt it would limit all of the important and incredibly rare gems that she has to offer as a teacher.   So instead of calling it the Case of the Warm Demander, we decided to call it the Case of the Black Female Educator… because it is there, as Nyia will brilliantly explain toward the second half of the conversation, that black women, by way of their suffering and survival, make instructional what black, brown and poor white students need to succeed in a world that insists on keeping them in the margins.  This entire conversation is good. It’s important.  But, it is that part where she talks about the instructional value of the black female educator that almost moved me to tears.

There are other parts of the call that I want you to know about before listening so please the Key Points Discussed listed below.  After reading the notes, please do go ahead and listen to the call.   You need to hear this!!

Key Points Discussed:

  • A donated library through  Twitter (see pictures below).
  • An extended conversation on what it means to teach liberty all while dealing with the constraints of being a black female teacher and a black woman.
  • The internalization of an outside narrative about black men and black boys, and how that narrative makes it difficult for her to truly see all of her students.
  • The pedagogical style of black female teachers.

Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Franita Ware (Warm Demander)

Lisa Delpit (Skills and Other Delimmas of the Black Progressive Educator)

But That’s Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Teaching” Article by Gloria Ladson-Billings

The Phenomenon of Student Powerlessness and Student Achievement: An Instrumental, Multi-case Study of Three Teachers Identified as Successfully Serving Low-income African American Students” Dissertation by Angela Dye

Marian Dingle’s Blog

Terms and Concepts:

Culturally Relevant Teaching; Warm Demander; Black Boys; Black Girls; Black Women; Black Men; Mono-cultural; Segregation; Black Teachers; Teacher Fatigue; Student-power; Power-Sharing

Other Episodes Mentioned:

Ep09- The Case of Gradelessness

Ep12- The Case of the Social Change Organization

Ep26- The Case of Taking a Knee in Math


Please feel free to let me if you catch any mistakes.  Thanks!!

The Full Link for the Episode…


Please visit our Episodes at a Glance page to get a full episode list for Seasons 1 and 2.

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