Person

Gholnecsar Muhammad

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Professor and Education Activist

Political Party:

N/A

Residence:

Chicago, Illinois

Gholnecsar “Gholdy” Muhammad is the founder of HILL Pedagogies, an educational services consulting company that promotes and implements critical race theory-inspired concepts in school curriculums and school lesson plans. [1] She is the author of Cultivating Genius: How to Select Culturally and Historically Responsive Text, a critical race theory-inspired book that informs school curriculum development. [2]

Muhammad uses her book to promote and implement critical race theory-inspired curriculum in schools. She supports the far-left Black Lives Matter movement and mandated ethnic-minority group models for education. [3] She also has said that teachers “can’t teach black children” if they cannot say “black lives matter” [4] and alleges that “black people are being killed for being black” in the United States. [5]

Muhammad is an associate professor of literacy and language at Georgia State University.

Career

Gholdy Muhammad began her career in education as a reading, language arts, and social studies teacher and curriculum administrator in Cahokia, Illinois. [6] Subsequently she earned her Ph.D. in literacy, language, and culture from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2013. [7] That same year she began working as an associate professor of literacy and language at Georgia State University. [8]

In 2018, she received a three-year, $749,895, grant from the U.S. Department of Education to study and improve secondary schools’ literary instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content areas. [9] The grant project, “STEM in LIT(ERCIES): A Culturally and Historically Responsive Model for Teaching Literacy Across STEM,” is a critical race theory-inspired project to train 780 science and technology educators on Muhammad’s “four-layered equity model” about power, oppression, and “social justice.” [10]

In 2020, Muhammad published Cultivating Genius: How to Select Culturally and Historically Responsive Text, a critical race theory-inspired book that informs school curriculum development in 2020. [11] [12] [13] This book made the 2020 top-ten list of books from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. [14]

Muhammad is the 2021 recipient of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)’s Outstanding Elementary Educator in English Language Award [15] and the 2014 recipient of the NCTE Promising New Teacher Award, among other awards. [16]

Critical Race Theory

Gholdy Muhammad thinks children can never be too young to learn critical race theory-inspired concepts such as “anti-racism” and demands to hold publishers accountable for lack of “diverse and critical content” by creating a new curriculum designed for minorities and written by minorities. [17]

Muhammad opposes using the phrase “learning standard” because she believes the term “standard” “comes from Eurocentricity,” is steeped in “whiteness,” [18] and is not a term that comes from minority communities. [19] She also says teachers can have a better mindset from “proper education, therapy, and anti-racism, anti-bias, and anti-oppression exercises” [20] and supports “rewriting of learning standards for equity and excellence,” to evaluate how teachers teach identity development and liberation within classrooms. [21]

As a result, Muhammad has sought to influence curriculum development and educational standards by implementing elements of the “four-part equity model” in her book, Cultivating Genius in schools. By teaching “racial, cultural, gender, environmental, and community identities” to students through the lens of “criticality, equity, and anti-oppression,” she aims to make students “woke” socio-politically. [22]

In June 2021, Muhammad spoke at the “Dismantle White Supremacy Culture in Schools” conference [23] alongside far-left race theorists Ibram X. Kendi; Bettina Love, the co-founder of the far-left Abolitionist Teaching Network; [24] and Joe Truss. [25] She has spoken about critical race theory-inspired “equity” in education at an event sponsored by Google; [26] as a featured speaker at left-of-center Facing History and Ourselves’ Equity and Justice Summit; [27] as a keynote speaker at an event hosted by the left-of-center group called Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education (PRIDE), which is funded by the left-of-center W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation; [28] and at the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE Muslim Women), an independent nonprofit which operates as a partner project of the left-of-center Fund for the City of New York (FCNY). [29]

Black Lives Matter

Muhammad supports the far-left Black Lives Matter movement and has said that if you “can’t say black lives matter, you can’t teach black children.” [30] [31] She thinks teachers and administrators should teach “black lives matter to teachers” so it can be incorporated into math, science and social studies curriculums. [32] Her critical race theory-inspired curriculums have been adopted in Chicago and New York. [33]

Personal Information

Gholnecsar “Gholdy” Muhammad holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, an M.A. in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University. [34] and received a PhD in literacy, language, and culture from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2013. [35] She resides in Chicago [36] and also operates HILL Pedagogies Services, Inc. [37]

References

  1. “Resources.” Hill Pedagogies. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://hillpedagogies.com/resources/. ^
  2. Muhammad, Gholdy. “Cultivating Genius: How to Select Culturally and Historically Responsive Text.” Scholastic. July 12, 2021. Accessed October 31, 2021. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/articles/professional-development/cultivating-genius-how-select-culturally-historically-responsive-text.html. ^
  3. Tweet. Twitter. March 3, 2021. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/ncte/status/1369484409943056384. ^
  4. Tweet. Twitter. Posted June 18, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/GholdyM/status/1273781904274325506 ^
  5. Muhammad, Gholdy. “Learning Standards for Black Children.” National Association of Elementary School Principals. Published November 1, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.naesp.org/resource/learning-standards-for-black-children/. ^
  6. “Dr. Gholdy Muhammad.” Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality.” Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.wisemuslimwomen.org/muslim-woman/dr-gholdy-muhammad/. ^
  7. “Dr. Gholdy Muhammad.” LinkedIn. Accessed October 28, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-gholdy-muhammad-84b4221b0/. ^
  8. “Dr. Gholdy Muhammad.” LinkedIn. Accessed October 31, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-gholdy-muhammad-84b4221b0/. ^
  9. “About Hill Pedagogies.” Hill Pedagogies. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://hillpedagogies.com/about/. ^
  10. Miller, Claire. “Muhammad Receives $749,895 Grant to Support Secondary School Teachers’ STEM Literacy Instruction.” Defending Higher Ed. November 26, 2018. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://defendinged.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Muhammad-Gholnescar-US-Department-of-Education-DC-2018-749895-to-Study-Literacy-Across-STEM.pdf. ^
  11. Muhammad, Gholdy. “Cultivating Genius: How to Select Culturally and Historically Responsive Text.” Scholastic. July 12, 2021. Accessed October 31, 2021. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/articles/professional-development/cultivating-genius-how-select-culturally-historically-responsive-text.html. ^
  12. “About Hill Pedagogies.” Hill Pedagogies. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://hillpedagogies.com/about/. ^
  13. “Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.” Amazon. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.amazon.com/Cultivating-Genius-Culturally-Historically-Responsive/dp/1338594893. ^
  14. Tweet. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Twitter. Posted December 21, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/ASCD/status/1341098623296286724. ^
  15. Tweet. Twitter. March 9, 2021. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/ncte/status/1369484409943056384. ^
  16. “Dr. Gholdy Muhammad.” Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality.” Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.wisemuslimwomen.org/muslim-woman/dr-gholdy-muhammad/. ^
  17. Ferlazzo, Larry. “Author Interview With Dr. Gholdy Muhammad: ‘Cultivating Genius’.” EdWeek. January 28, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-author-interview-with-dr-gholdy-muhammad-cultivating-genius/2020/01. ^
  18. “Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy – Dr. Gholdy Muhammad.” Corey Harris Youtube. Posted July 14, 2021. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDgsCPd2iP8. ^
  19. Twitter Video. Twitter. Posted September 4, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/GholdyM/status/1302024348316782593. ^
  20. Ferlazzo, Larry. “Author Interview With Dr. Gholdy Muhammad: ‘Cultivating Genius’.” EdWeek. January 28, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-author-interview-with-dr-gholdy-muhammad-cultivating-genius/2020/01. ^
  21. Hancock, Peter. “Black lawmakers seek to revamp social studies education in Illinois.” Capitol News Illinois. Posted October 7, 2020. Updated November 12, 2020. Accessed via Web Archive October 31, 2021. https://archive.md/8FyKm. ^
  22. Ferlazzo, Larry. “Author Interview With Dr. Gholdy Muhammad: ‘Cultivating Genius’.” EdWeek. January 28, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-author-interview-with-dr-gholdy-muhammad-cultivating-genius/2020/01. ^
  23. [1] Tweet. Twitter. June 17, 2021. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/trussleadership/status/1405651771691700226. ^
  24. “Black Futures & Black Joy.” Abolitionist Teaching Network. February 25, 2021. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://abolitionistteachingnetwork.networkforgood.com/events/26254-black-futures-black-joy. ^
  25. Tweet. Twitter. May 6, 2021. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/trussleadership/status/1390343056667254789. ^
  26. Tweet. Gholdy Muhammad Twitter. Posted October 5, 2021. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/GholdyM/status/1445458066837704707. ^
  27. Tweet. Twitter. Posted June 9, 2021. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/facinghistory/status/1402719674144591876. ^
  28. “Speaker Series.” Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education. Accessed October 28, 2021. https://www.racepride.pitt.edu/speaker-series/. ^
  29. “Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spiritualty & Equality Inc.” GuideStar. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/81-0869779. ^
  30. Tweet. Twitter. Posted June 18, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/GholdyM/status/1273781904274325506 ^
  31. Muhammad, Gholdy. “Dr. Gholdy Muhammad Discusses the Black Lives Matter Movement and Education.” Scholastic EDU Blog. September 10, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/GholdyM/status/1273781904274325506. ^
  32. Muhammad, Gholdy. “Dr. Gholdy Muhammad Discusses the Black Lives Matter Movement and Education.” Scholastic EDU Blog. September 10, 2020. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://twitter.com/GholdyM/status/1273781904274325506. ^
  33. “Program Faculty.” University of Illinois Chicago. Accessed October 30, 2021. https://education.uic.edu/academics/programs/literacy-language-culture/program-faculty/. ^
  34. Gholnecsar Muhammad Resume. Accessed October 31, 2021. https://defendinged.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Gholdy-Muhammad_CV_August-2021.pdf. ^
  35. “Dr. Gholdy Muhammad.” LinkedIn. Accessed October 28, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-gholdy-muhammad-84b4221b0/. ^
  36. “Dr. Gholdy Muhammad.” LinkedIn. Accessed October 28, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-gholdy-muhammad-84b4221b0/. ^
  37. “HILL Pedagogies Services Inc.” Georgia Corporations Division. Accessed October 31, 2021. https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/BusinessSearch/BusinessInformation?businessId=3121427&businessType=Domestic%20Profit%20Corporation&fromSearch=True. ^
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