Navigating White Space in Education

How Connecting Christ, Critical Conversations, and Cultural Competency Can Reframe Teacher Resiliency

by Maessie Allen Jameson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/31/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9798385014989
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9798385014972
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9798385014996

About the Book

When more than 80 percent of America’s teachers are White and approximately 50 percent of the students they serve are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), that disparity affects the professional and personal responsibility to equitably service and grow all students, cultivate a climate of professional growth, and attract and retain BIPOC educators. Navigating this educational “white space” requires shifting our perspective on this damaging dynamic, and finding value-building staying power through the denials, difficulties, and discrimination that frame it.

In this experiential devotional, author Maessie Allen Jameson shares strategies born from struggles, familial adages that transcend educational theory, and empowering scriptural lessons that have nurtured her love for teaching and view of what achieving perfection looks like in the American public education system as a Black educator. Her three-pronged approach involves establishing Christian credence, engaging in critical conversations, and developing cultural competency. She provides thematically aligned classroom strategies, scripture readings, and planning pages for reflective application. Teachers of all levels will find approachable tools to help them respond to racism, isolation, burnout, prejudicial practices, and damaging pedagogy.

About the Author

Maessie Allen Jameson, a lifelong Maryland native, holds a BS degree in English secondary education and a MA in instructional systems development. She is a National Board–certified veteran English teacher, author, AP reader, and curriculum developer with more than two decades of classroom experience. She aims to inspire educators to thrive spiritually, personally, and professionally as they grow students into reflective critical thinkers who value the cultural differences that magnify their greatness.