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Bonnie M. Davis

Consulting Description

Bonnie M. Davis, PhD, is a veteran teacher of more than forty years who is passionate about education. She taught in middle schools, high schools, universities, homeless shelters, and a men’s prison. She holds a doctorate in English from St. Louis University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year in two public school districts, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Community Service Award. She has presented at numerous national conferences and currently works in school districts across the country.

Dr. Davis’ work centers on examining what “we don’t know we don’t know” about ourselves in order to more effectively teach students who don’t look like us. Moving from self reflection to action, her books offer educators culturally responsive, standards-based instructional strategies that bridge culture, language, race, and ethnicity.

Dr. Davis’s publications include the How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies(2012);How to Coach Teachers Who Don’t Think Like You: Using Literacy Strategies to Coach Across Content Areas (2007); The Biracial and Multiracial Student Experience: A Journey to Racial Literacy(2009); and Creating Culturally Considerate Schools: Educating Without Bias (2012) with coauthor Kim L. Anderson. She is currently working on the Equity 101 Series with Curtin Linton, Executive Vice President of School Improvement Network.


  • Bi-racial/Multi-racial Identity
  • Equity
  • Diversity
  • Teaching Strategies for Diverse Students
  • Cultural Competence



  • How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You: Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies: This interactive presentation introduces participants to culturally responsive, research-based strategies that improve academic achievement for ALL learners. Dr. Davis facilitates lively, humorous, practical workshops focused on how to create schools of "cultural consideration" with an emphasis on students "who don't look like you." This presentation provides an equity framework to use when transitioning to the the Common Core.

What People are Saying

“Through our ongoing work with Dr. Davis, our understanding of fundamental concepts shifted. Her expertise and mentorship in exploring culturally relevant pedagogy, peer observations, and effective feedback strategies transformed our daily practice.”

Jessica Smith-Kennan, Assistant Principal
West Contra Costa Unified School District