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What Is It About Me You Can't Teach?
Updated Edition of Bestseller

What Is It About Me You Can't Teach?
Culturally Responsive Instruction in Deeper Learning Classrooms

Third Edition

© 2017 | 328 pages | Corwin

Build every student’s ability and opportunity to achieve! 

We’ve all heard the stories of extraordinary teachers that reach struggling students and set them on a new path. Now in its third edition, this powerful book features timely new content from innovative schools and teachers, showing how to raise student achievement by upholding high expectations, while teaching with cultural responsiveness. The authors are guided by one fundamental principle: Every child has a birthright to an equitable education, one that prepares him or her for 21st century career and college readiness. This guide illuminates how to

  • Lead all students to deeper learning, grounded in critical thinking, creative problem solving, communication, collaboration—and the “5th C,” cultural awareness 
  • Support the latest standards for college and career readiness and English Language Proficiency/Development 
  • Incorporate technology into teaching and learning in innovative ways, adaptable to varying resource levels.
  • Use today’s current brain research to help students’ reach their full cognitive potential
  • Implement lesson plans designed for elementary, middle, and secondary levels that support individualized, project-based learning, developed through a lens of cultural responsiveness 

Turn to the resource that has helped thousands of educators teach successfully in today’s diverse K-12 classrooms, and discover new strategies that will empower you and your students.  

"The authors are passionate advocates for all learners and the latest edition of this book provides a thoughtful, practical, and engaging exploration of how to ensure every learner’s experience is one that thrives on the 5Cs and makes 21st century learning come alive." 
Tatyana Warrick, Communications Manager, P21, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning

About the Authors
A Special Note
1. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
2. High Expectations for All: Practicing What We Preach
3. Two Sides of the Same Coin
4. Just What Do You Mean?
5. Rising Above It All
6. Stop and Think
7. Good to Go
8. Sharing Behavior
9. Who Is in Charge?
10. What's Your Goal?
11. Finding My Way
12. Meeting the Challenge
13. The No-Frills Pathway to Deeper Learning
Key features


  • Discusses the challenges faced by struggling students, who are often children of poverty, color, and/ or English Learners.
  • Examines the research-base that supports “high expectations” instruction
  • Explains what instructional strategies are most effective to use and describes how to use each strategy
  • Includes strategies that increase student engagement, develop students’ cognitive skills, and empower students to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Offers exemplar standards-based lesson plans at elementary, middle, and secondary levels to show teachers how to implement the strategies
  • New edition includes updated research, coverage of standards for college and career readiness, standards for English Language Proficiency/Development, ideas for integrating technology to improve teaching and learning, and new sample lesson plans.


Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1 - I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

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