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Updated Edition of Bestseller

The Pedagogy of Real Talk

Engaging, Teaching, and Connecting With Students At-Promise
Second Edition
By: Paul Hernandez

Foreword by Tia Brown McNair

Designed to be used by any teacher and with any curriculum, from elementary through post-secondary, Real Talk will change your teaching and develop persistent, optimistic students who feel a sense of belonging.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071844816
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 240
  • Publication date: June 16, 2021

Price: $39.95



Real Talk means real results!

To reach students who may see school as an obstacle rather than an opportunity, connection and trust must come first. Paul Hernandez, a former at-risk student, is now a nationally recognized, award-winning educator and trainer. His Real Talk is a practical methodology that helps education professionals build rapport with students at-promise while creating learning experiences that are relevant—and life-changing.

This updated and expanded second edition of a bestseller provides an intensive, robust experience enabling teachers to create and implement connections with their teaching. You will:

  • Develop an understanding of the education research and theories that underlie the Real Talk approach
  • Learn the how-to’s for implementing Real Talk with any group of learners
  • Benefit from diverse and unique case studies, applications, and lessons learned

Teaching with transparency, authenticity, creativity, and grit will lead to higher achievement, student engagement, and graduation rates and fewer discipline problems. Designed to be used by any teacher and with any curriculum, from elementary through post-secondary, Real Talk will change your teaching and develop persistent, optimistic students who feel a sense of belonging.

Key features

  • This book provides practical tools to engage at-risk students.
  • It contains profiles of the subjects involved in the case study to allow readers to understand the types of students for whom this pedagogy has worked.
  • The book describes how individual teachers in a variety of subject areas have implemented the pedagogy, including sample lessons and real talks used to do so.


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Paul Hernandez

Dr. Paul Hernandez, PhD, is a nationally recognized speaker and leader in college access and success, community outreach, and pedagogy for educators working with underserved students and students at promise. He received his doctorate in Sociology, specializing in education, social inequality, and diversity. He has served as a faculty member, non-profit administrator, and higher education administrator. Currently, Dr. Hernandez partners with higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations to develop and evolve their work with students and communities. Prior to earning his degrees, he was engulfed in gang culture and deep poverty. He openly shares his personal story and how his path influenced his work. He has learned ways to empower younger people traveling a similar path and share lessons with those working to address the multitude of challenges faced by diverse populations of youth at promise. Paul has received awards such as the National Education Association Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award, the Michigan Education Association Elizabeth Siddall Human Rights Award, the Equity in Education award by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and an Honors Professor of the Year Award for teaching.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Part 1: Foundations

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Real Talk

Chapter 3: What Must be True About You

Chapter 4: The Opportunity Gap, Demographic Shift, PRT, and a Sense of Belonging

Part 2: Implementation

Chapter 5: Implementing Real Talk in the HEP Program

Chapter 6: Flexibility, Adaptability, and Effort

Chapter 7: Terministic Screens, Alternative Lessons, and Real Talk Discussions

Chapter 8: Implementing Real Talk in Any Classroom

Part 3: Taking PRT to Scale or Taking Real Talk to Scale

Chapter 9: Professional Development

Chapter 10: Professional Development: Alternative Lessons

Chapter 11: New Beginnings

Appendices A - O

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