Virtual Event: Marie Lily Cerat, Patrick Sylvain, Jalene Tamerat


Education Across Borders:
Immigration, Race, and Identity in the Classroom


February 28, 2022
7:00 PM ET


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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes educators MARIE LILY CERAT, PATRICK SYLVAIN, and JALENE TAMERAT for a discussion of their co-authored book, Education Across Borders: Immigration, Race, and Identity in the Classroom.

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About Education Across Borders

For readers of White Folks Who Teach in the Hood . . . And The Rest of Y’all Too, Education Across Borders is a strong teacher development resource for white educators who serve BIPOC students and are looking for culturally relevant pedagogies that value the diverse experiences of their students. The practices and values in the U.S. educational system position linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse children and families at a disadvantage. BIPOC dropout rates and levels of stress and anxiety have linked with non-inclusive school environments. In this collection, three educators and will draw on their experiences as immigrants and educators to address racial inequity in the classroom and provide a thorough analysis of different strategies that create an inclusive classroom environment.

With a focus on Haitian and Dominican students in the U.S., the authors will reveal the challenges that immigrant and first-generation students face. They'll also offer insights about topics such as:

• How do language policies and social justice intersect?

• How can educators use culturally relevant teaching and community funds of knowledge to enrich school curriculum?

• How can educators center the needs of the student within the classroom?

• How can educators support Haitian Creole-speaking students?

Praise for Education Across Borders

“The four extended essays in this compelling book provide inspirational and pragmatic strategies to empower educators to turn their classrooms into spaces for transformative learning for their Haitian and Dominican students. A rallying cry recommended for all who care to connect their students to schools as sites of possibility.” —Carola Suárez-Orozco, cofounder, Re-Imagining Migration

Education Across Borders is a marvelous gift. Brilliantly distilling an innovative pedagogical framework that allows teachers to center the needs of immigrant students, especially Haitians and Dominicans, in ways that are truly profound and revelatory. A must-read for all educators interested in transforming anti-racist theory into everyday classroom practice.” —Peniel E. Joseph, author of The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Education Across Borders is a powerful cri de coeur, appeal, study, and manifesto from three fervently passionate, highly empathetic, and experienced educators who are transforming K–12 education for BIPOC and first-generation students, particularly from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This book is a must-have for school administrators, teachers, and lawmakers, as well as parents and general readers. It is the kind of book that belongs in every classroom, as it could help safeguard young people’s futures and even save their lives.” —Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I'm Dying

Jalene Tamerat
Jalene Tamerat

Jalene Tamerat

Jalene Tamerat is the Director of New Teacher Development for Boston Public Schools, where she leads the district's strategy for training, supporting, and retaining strong novice teachers.

Marie Lily Cerat
Marie Lily Cerat

Marie Lily Cerat

Marie Lily Cerat has worked in the K-16 New York public education system as a classroom teacher, a staff developer and a college teacher for over 20 years. Her work examines the effects of the exclusion of Haitian language and culture in the education of Haitian learners and has been published in Rethinking Schools, the Journal of Haitian Studies, and the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, among other publications.

Patrick Sylvain
Patrick Sylvain

Patrick Sylvain

Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian-American writer, essayist and poet, and instructor of Haitian language and culture at Brown University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He has been published in several anthologies, magazines and reviews, including African American Review, Agni, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Haitian Times and Ploughshares.

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