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Dr. Gholnescar “Gholdy” Muhammad: Cultivating Literacy, Culture, & Genius
“There have been too many data meetings, curriculum meetings, or problem-solving meetings without students’ voices at the table.”
Dr.Gholdy Muhammad is an associate professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University and she serves as director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic. Her scholarship focuses on literacy, language, culture, and African American literacy development.
Her book Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy strives to interrupt ineffective systems and teaching practices. This research looks back to highly collaborative Black literary societies of the 19th century. She asks us to question how, why, and what we teach, with student literacy at the center.
As Secretary of Education, we’d love to see her overhaul the traditional curriculum that serves textbook companies more than students. We can see her critical literacy research influencing all disciplines like a new common core.
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