Selected Words & Works
South Asian American Experiences in Schools
South Asian American Experiences in Schools: Brown Voices from the Classroom is a book about South Asian American experiences in K-12 settings, and is based on the research of Dr. Punita C. 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). This book mixes stories, quotes, and anecdotes with quantitative research in order to paint a multifaceted picture of the varied and complex experiences of Asian Americans 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.
The book is now available for pre-order from Rowman & Littlefield and wherever books are sold.
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.
Punita writes about motherhood on her blog, Happy Mom Guide. Relatedly, she is writing a book on pursuing and finding happiness as a stay at home mom that will be released in 2020. You can click here to sign up to be notified of updates.
Biography of Bhagat Singh Thind (in progress)
Dr. Rice is writing a book about the life of Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind. The book is an official biography authorized by the family of Dr. Thind. You can learn more about Dr. Thind and his legacy at BhagatSinghThind.com. A timeline for release and publisher information is not yet available, but you can click here to sign up to be notified of updates.
Words on Education
On the spokesperson phenomenon in the classroom (Education Week)
Why cultural proficiency for teachers matters (RNZ interview)
Workplace discrimination against South Asian Americans can be traced back to the classroom (The Aerogram; co-written with Ruchika Tulshyan)
Pronouncing students’ names properly should matter — here’s why (Education Week)
Teachers don’t know much about South Asian American students (The Aerogram)
Why research on South Asian American students matters (The Aerogram)
Words on Culture
Why “Apu” reflects a problem with American society (The Establishment)
On the travel ban (The Baltimore Sun)
The myth of the “model minority” (ISAASE Blog)
Words on Motherhood
Available now at Amazon, for Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Paperback.
One-Sheets & PDFs
Fact Sheet for Teachers
A collection of basic facts and important things to know about South Asian American students, geared towards teachers and other education leaders, but can be shared with anyone. Includes an overview of who South Asian American students are, and data on their experiences in school and teacher cultural proficiency. Available as a PDF. Read More.
Tips for Teaching South Asian American Students
A one-sheet of quick tips for how teachers can support South Asian American students. Key recommendations: Recognize diversity, develop cultural competence, support all students, pronounce names correctly, acknowledge by celebrating, and establish an appropriate classroom climate. Available as a PDF. Read more.
Name Pronunciation Guide
The Name Pronunciation Guide is an overview of the importance of pronouncing names correctly, with a breakdown of best practices and tips. Great for teachers an educators. Includes a PDF. Read more.
Writing by Punita Rice
Dr. Punita Rice is an education researcher whose area of expertise is South Asian Americans’ perceptions and experiences in K-12 environments, and a writer who examines education, culture, and motherhood. Her writing has been published in outlets such as The Baltimore Sun, The Establishment, Education Week Teacher, The Aerogram, Bullshit.ist, and other outlets across the nation and internet. Punita also maintains the ISAASE blog, and occasionally writes blog posts (on teaching, plus as other topics) here at PunitaRice.com. Her writing on the South Asian American student experience is framed in an examination of issues such as teacher cultural proficiency, connectedness to school, socioemotional support, executive functioning skills (and related supports), and the model minority myth, and touches on policy, cultural proficiency, and multicultural issues.
Punita’s writing experience also includes serving as a visiting scholar at the High-Phi Epic Questions Institute at University of Virginia’s Department of Philosophy (through a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant), serving as research assistant at Loyola University Maryland’s Department of Literacy, and formerly chairing the staff Literacy Committee at Takoma Park Middle School. She has also taught writing and critical thinking in middle school Advanced Social Studies and Advanced English courses, and offered a creative writing program. Many years ago, she was also an award-winning journalist for her high school newspaper. Today, she writes Happy Mom Guide, a blog about motherhood, maintains the ISAASE blog and occasionally writing for outlets across the nation and internet. She recently wrote a book about South Asian American experiences in schools, and another about Toddler Weaning.