Black boys in American schools are often subjected to crisis narratives that negatively impact teacher-student relationships. However, two Black male early childhood teachers in New York City have reimagined teacher-student relationships which can be used to inform the future education of Black boys post-pandemic. Central to their reframing of teacher-student relationships between Black male teachers and Black boys is a focus on the importance of nurturing social and emotional health. This manuscript highlights how these two Black male teachers foster positive relationships with their young Black boys, empowering Black boys to see themselves as capable learners.
Madu, N. M. (2021). Reimagining Early Childhood Classrooms as Sites of Love: Humanizing Black Boys through Head Rubs and “ Playin’ the Dozens ”. Occasional Paper Series, 2021 (46). https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2021/iss46/6