“Unearthing Joy is THE most important book for educators in a climate that has betrayed the essence of teaching and learning. Through poignant insights, inspirational images, brilliant analysis, and practical examples, Gholdy welcomes us all to replenish the well that springs forth learning. This is a must-have book!!!”
“ It is a privilege to spend time inside the beautiful mind of Dr. Muhammad. Unearthing Joy is a continuation of her unparalleled pedagogical phenomenon, Cultivating Genius. She disperses literature, poetry, and classic song lyrics throughout this masterpiece that speaks to her passion for educating, nurturing, and tilling and watering the souls of our babies—the ‘revolutionary petunias’ and the beautiful ‘Black orchids’ who she loves so deeply.”
“ Hallelujah! Gholdy Muhammad has elevated the conversation about the education of Black and Brown children from detailing their deficits and sterilizing their instruction to creating curriculum that generates joy and genius—for all students, teachers, communities, and ourselves. Her own joy is palpable. She reminds us that we cannot ‘harvest joy and genius’ without attending to justice. This work does it all. Hers is a call to embrace our full humanity—in classrooms and in the world.”
Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad is a leader who strives to shape the national conversation for educating youth that have been underserved. Currently an associate professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University, she serves as the director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic. Her career also includes having served as a school district curriculum director responsible for K-12 literacy instruction, assessments, and professional development, and as a reading, language arts, and social studies middle school teacher.
Having received her PhD in Literacy, Language and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, her research interests are situated in the historical foundations of literacy development and the writing practices among Black communities.
Additionally, she works with teachers and young people across the United States and South Africa in best practices in culturally responsive instruction. She served as a school board president and continues to work collaboratively with local schools across communities in the Atlanta area.
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