Praise for Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn

Identity Safe Classrooms is an indispensable resource for every school and educator interested in ensuring a robust and equitable education for all of our nation’s youth. Steele and Cohn-Vargas help us understand, in clear and compelling ways, how students’ opportunity to learn and the identity they develop as learners is inextricably tied to the learning contexts of which they are a part. This timely and pragmatic book thoughtfully lays out a new vision of education with design principles for inclusive, respectful, and rigorous classroom environments that promote expansive and culturally validating forms of learning.
— Kris D. Gutierrez, Inaugural Provost Chair, Professor of Learning Sciences and Literacy University of Colorado at Boulder
The authors combine their scholarship, experience, and wisdom in this amazing book. We all want to know: How can we help students enjoy school and become eager learners? Educators, read this book and find out!
— Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
This book offers a rare gift: Drawing on an extraordinary base of both practice and research, it paints a vivid picture of how to create intellectually exciting and psychologically supportive classrooms that enable children to succeed.
— Linda Darling Hammond, Charles Ducommun Professor of Education Co-Director School Redesign Network at Stanford University
In this timely, engaging, and needed book, Steele and Cohn-Vargas describe creative and captivating ways in which teachers can construct identity safe classrooms in which students from diverse racial, social, economic, and linguistic groups can learn and flourish. The voices of classroom teachers that are interwoven throughout the book enliven and enrich it, as well as make it especially appealing and helpful to teachers and other school practitioners. A unique strength of this book is the way in which it effectively and seamlessly blends theory, research, and the wisdom of practice of veteran teachers. It deserves a wide audience.
— James A. Banks. Founding Director Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle