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Unearthing Joy

Unearthing Joy

A Guide to Culturally and Historically Responsive Curriculum and Instruction

Gholdy Muhammad
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In this follow-up to Cultivating Genius, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad adds a fifth pursuit--joy--to her groundbreaking instructional model. She defines joy as more than celebration and happiness, but also as wellness, beauty, healing, and justice for oneself and across humanity. She shows how teaching from cultural and historical realities can enhance our efforts to cultivate identity, skills, intellect, criticality, and-indeed-joy for all students, giving them a powerful purpose to learn and contribute to the world. Dr. Muhammad's wise implementation advice is paired with model lessons and assessment tools that span subjects and grade levels.


Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad is a Professor of Curriculum with a focus in literacy, language, and culture. She has served as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, school district administrator, curriculum director, and school board president. She studies Black historical excellence in education, with the goal of reframing curriculum and instruction today, and has received numerous honors and awards for that work Dr. Muhammad's scholarship has appeared in leading academic journals and books. Her HILL Model has been adopted in thousands of schools and districts.


  • Publisher: Scholastic Professional (February 1, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • ISBN-10: 133885660X
  • ISBN-13: 9781338856606
  • Reading age: 5 years and up
  • Item Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: 7.25 x 0.5 x 8.75 inches
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