A New Canon

A New Canon Designing Culturally Sustaining Humanities Curriculum

Evan C. Gutierrez
paper, 208 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-601-8
Price: $32.00

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cloth, 208 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-602-5
Price: $60.00

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A New Canon is the first book to provide a framework for designing and utilizing rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum to address the lack of representation for marginalized communities in formal education. Grounded in literature around cultural relevance and responsive teaching practice, the book provides step-by-step guidance for curriculum development that connects students to the intellectual traditions of their communities.


At a moment when we’re called to reckon with our racist past, Evan Gutierrez’s book delivers and provides a vision of the possible for designing culturally sustaining curriculum. There are few guideposts for navigating this work. That is until now. With this book, educators and designers have the inspiration and means to build a new and more inclusive curricular cannon. — John Lee, associate dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs; interim department head of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, College of Education, North Carolina State University

A New Canon, is an essential read for any educator looking to revamp their curriculum in a culturally sustaining way. After completing the book, readers will walk away with a clear understanding of why and how to create culturally sustaining humanities units with concrete examples from designers who share their completed units. This is a book all educators should read to shake up their curricula in a way that will benefit their students. — Teachers College Record

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About the Author

Evan Gutierrez serves as the Managing Director for Curriculum and Assessment for Gradient Learning. Gutierrez fosters innovation in curriculum and program design through collaborative partnerships with a focus on advancing equity. Prior to joining Gradient, he oversaw the academic program for Acero Schools in Chicago, a high performing charter network serving the Latino community. He has engaged in course, program, and school model design with school districts and charter management organizations in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and New Orleans. Gutierrez graduated with a BA in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music, and an MBA with additional graduate study in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola Marymount University. He lives in Michigan with his wife, April, and children, Silvio and Miriam.

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