minding the obligation gap (2020)
Sims, along with a cross-representational group of community college practitioners, work to catalyze conversations and eventually practices that attend to the most pressing equity gaps in and on our campuses. This book offers both theory and practice in reforming community colleges so that they function as disruptive technologies. Equity-centered community colleges hold the potential to call out, impede, and even disrupt institutionalized polices, pedagogies, and practices that negatively impact poor, ethno-racially minoritized students of color. If you and your college is interested in striving for educational equity, campus-wide, please join us in this ongoing conversation on how to work for equity for all of the students that we serve.
"This book will serve as a guide and invaluable resource to educators at community colleges who seek to create pipelines to opportunity for students who have historically been under-served and poorly served by these institutions. With a keen understanding of the obstacles many students face, the authors draw upon their knowledge and experience to show how barriers that presently limit access to education can be disrupted and knocked down. Inspiring and engaging, this book is a must-read for educators who truly seek to make a difference."
Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, UCLA
revolutionary stem education (2018)
Sims’ lived experiences as an inner-city, low-income black male are interspersed throughout Revolutionary STEM Education. However, the heartbeat of this book is undoubtedly the stories of the positive transformation that the MAN UP scholars experienced while becoming more competent in STEM, developing positive STEM identities, and learning to use their STEM knowledge for social justice.
“At this particular historical moment, when the national security state has forced humanity to claw its way out of the structurally generated vaults of inhumanity, Jeremiah J. Sims has penned a book that addresses one of the key features of this inhumanity, the vicious attacks on black males in a country that has fallen prey to new species of racism against people of color. Calling for a dramatic shift in STEM pedagogy for black males that combines critical-reality pedagogy, critical race theory, and innovations that cut across the field of urban education, Sims cultivates a pathfinding approach to social justice. Join his paradigm-shifting revolution by reading this book.”
―Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Donna Ford Attallah College of Education, Chapman University; Author of Pedagogy of Insurrection