Today’s reading curricula are failing young black learners. Out of every 100 black fourth-grade boys, fewer than 15 are proficient readers. Alvin Irby – educator, author and founder of the literacy nonprofit Barbershop Books – believes cultural competency and an innovative, child-centered curriculum will help these kids cultivate a love of books and identify as readers. getAbstract recommends this inspiring, humorous talk to educators, policy makers and parents.
In this summary, you will learn
- What factors contribute to illiteracy among black boys,
- Why cultural competency is essential to teaching all children to read, and
- How to inspire black children to identify as readers.
About the Speaker
Educator and stand-up comedian Alvin Irby is the founder of Barbershop Books, the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize and the author of Gross Greg.