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South Asian American Experiences in Schools: Brown Voices from the Classroom is about South Asian American experiences in K-12 settings, and is based on the research of Dr. Punita Rice, conducted through Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education.

This book tells the stories of South Asian Americans in K-12 schools, through a look at their perceptions, experiences, and support needs in school, especially in context of teacher cultural proficiency and belief in “the model minority myth” (the perception of Asians as the perfect minority). It mixes stories, quotes, and anecdotes with quantitative research to paint picture of the varied, complex experiences of Brown kids in schools. The book examines existing scholarly and popular literature to offer deeper context, and to provide guidance for how educators, policymakers, and the community might improve experiences for South Asian American, and all students, in increasingly diverse schools.

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South Asian American Experiences in Schools

About Punita Rice


Dr. Punita Rice, EdD is an education researcher, the founder of the outreach organization ISAASE, and the author of South Asian American Experiences in Schools. Her work focuses on multicultural education, equity, and South Asian American school experiences. She is a former classroom teacher and a current academic adviser with Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She went to the University of Maryland, got her Masters in teaching from Loyola University Maryland, and her Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Her work has also appeared in Education Week Teacher, The Baltimore Sun, The Establishment, and others. Separately, she also writes about motherhood on her blog, Happy Mom Guide and is also the author of the book Toddler Weaning.

Available now from Amazon as an ebook, and in paperback!

Toddler Weaning: Deciding to Gradually Wean your Toddler & Making it Happen is a short, to-the-point book about gradually weaning a breastfeeding toddler. This book is for nursing moms of toddlers who are considering weaning (and may need help deciding if they are ready to stop breastfeeding), or who are ready to wean, but need help planning how to wean gradually.

The book offers a discussion of how to decide to wean (including why you may not want to wean yet), why weaning can be difficult, and the case for weaning gradually.  The book offers a path to making weaning happen over the course of a few months, starting with night weaning, and finishing with fully weaning within 6-8 weeks.

The book is now available in print (paperback) and as an eBook (for Kindle), and can be ordered from Amazon.com. Subscribe to my tinyletter for updates and more information about this, and my other book.


Media & Interviews

Radio New Zealand (October 2018)

Kathryn Ryan, host of Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon, interviews Dr. Rice live, on the importance of name pronunciation and cultural proficiency in the classroom. Read or listen here.

District Administration Magazine (October 2018)

Matt Zalaznik for District Administration Magazine on name pronunciation in K-12 here.

American Bazaar (August 2018)

A discussion with American Bazaar Magazine about the work of ISAASE, South Asian American students’ experiences, outreach efforts, and how families and educators might support students. Read more here.

The Teal Mango (August 2018)

The Teal Mango covers Dr. Rice’s research and the work of ISAASE in a feature here).

Miscellaneous citations


Quartz at Work (October 2018 – Aisha Hassan discusses culturally sensitive names to learn unfamiliar names, cites Dr. Rice’s research here).

The Teal Mango (October 2018 – A film review cites Dr. Rice’s research on students’ experiences in the classroom to support the claim that teachers do not often understand their South Asian American students).

Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent (October 2018 – In a text created for teachers, school superintendent shares Dr. Rice’s advice on striving for improvement rather than perfection in context of name pronunciation; read it here).

AALA (April 2018 – In the April edition of their Board Newsletter, the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles features Dr. Rice’s research; see the the PDF of their newsletter here).

Token (April 2018 – The weekly online magazine focusing on diverse representation and narratives, includes links to ISAASE in an issue on stereotypes; see that past issue here).

Education Northwest (January 2018 – Northwest Matters, the blog of “Education Northwest” features a piece by researcher Lauren Bates on how welcoming, safe schools can help stop the spread of hate and cites Dr. Rice’s research; more here).

The Mashup Americans (Early 2018 –  The site dedicated to talking about culture, race, religion, identity, and what it means to be American, features some of Dr. Rice’s writing in this roundup).


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