February 20, 2021 "Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy" Dr. Gholnecsar Muhammad Georgia State University
In February of 2021, we welcomed Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad for a virtual conference. The theme of the 3rd annual conference was Mentorship Matters in Education. We seek to explore the myriad of ways that mentorship impacts the lives of those in educational settings. Whether you are the mentor or the mentee, mentorship can provide valuable opportunities for shared learning, deep engagement, and academic and professional success, often leading to transformative life experiences overall. Join us as we engage in these important discussions and reflection about the power of mentoring relationships in education, and the impact these connections, including teacher-student, peer-to-peer, student-community member, etc., can have on diverse language communities in our K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and beyond.
Dr. Muhammad is a transformative leader in culturally responsive education. She strives to shape the national conversation for educating youth who have been underserved. She works with teachers and young people across the United States and South Africa in best practices in culturally responsive instruction. Her book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy, was released in 2019 and topped the charts as the Number One Release in Language Arts. Having received her PhD in Literacy, Language and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Muhammad’s research interests are situated in the historical foundations of literacy development and the writing practices among Black communities. Each year she holds a summer literacy institute with Black girls called, Black Girls WRITE! which reflects literacy practices found in nineteenth century African American literary societies. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Research in the Teaching of English, Urban Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and Written Communication.
Dr. Muhammad is currently Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University. Additionally, she serves as the director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic. Her career trek began as a reading, language arts, and social studies middle school teacher. After teaching in the classroom, she served as a school district curriculum director and was responsible for K-12 literacy instruction, assessments, and professional development. She also served as a school board president and continues to work collaboratively with local schools across communities in the Atlanta area. Dr. Muhammad is the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising New Researcher Award, the 2015 NCTE Alan C. Purves Award, the 2016 NCTE CEE Janet Emig awardee, and the 2017 Georgia State University Urban Education Research Awardee. More recently she was awarded the 2018 University of Illinois- Chicago, Researcher of the Year, and was awarded $750,000 by the U.S. Department of Education grant to study culturally and historically responsive literacy in STEM.