About the Author:

Dr. Sturdivant is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M-Commerce. From 2011 to 2015 she taught three- and four-year-olds in an urban school district. After four years of successful classroom teaching, she was promoted to a position that entailed developing and facilitating pieces of training for educators in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade across a large urban city. She helped teachers with topics such as classroom management, teaching content outside, hands-on science, social studies, and culturally relevant teaching and classroom environments. She has taught pre-service teachers, current teachers, and other future professionals aspiring to work with children at three universities and one community college district. Some of the courses she has taught are: Play Creativity and Learning, Language and Literacy Acquisition, Diversity in Early Childhood Education, Teaching Diverse Learners, Play and Development in Early Childhood, Teaching Young Children, Child Guidance, and Advanced Studies in Play (a graduate course). In March 2020 she successfully defended her dissertation entitled: “Developing While Black: An Exploration of Racial Discourse found in the Play of Black Preschool Girls” to complete a PhD in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching with a cognate in Early Childhood Education. She is also a published researcher in the Journal of Multicultural Education and has various articles to be published in the future.

Toni Sturdivant, PhD 's Books

  • I Like Myself: Fostering Positive Racial Identity in Young Black Children

    Author: Toni Sturdivant, PhD

    Product Code:
    547893 (Softbound)
    547909 (e-book)
    978-1-60554-789-3 (Softbound)
    978-1-60554-790-9 (e-book)
    Age Focus: 3-6
    Available: April 15, 2023

    Description & More Details

    I Like Myself provides lesson planning insights and academic activities that are designed to facilitate positive racial identity in Black children. Supplementing and complementing any curriculum, this critical resource provides information across social-emotional, academic, and fine arts domains that stay faithful to curricular goals while specifically targeting the racial identity needs of Black preschoolers. Targeting the Black identity specifically, the lessons are designed to be engaging, meaningful and effective for all students, so each child feels valued and accepted while also gaining the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful.

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