We have to provide multiple opportunities for students to grow and learn. We need to be a culturally diverse school district that accepts everyone and encourages a pluralistic culture. We need to work together with our
The development and implementation of a culturally relevant teaching and learning pedagogy is vital to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Students must be able to relate, feel safe, and comfortable in their learning environment to reach their full potential. As a future administrator it is necessary to project high expectations for all students and establish a school culture of learning and tolerance. According to Jody Polleck and Shirin Shabdin authors of the article “Building Culturally Responsive Communities” (2013), identifies the deficit that plagues our schools as the inability to create a culturally responsive equitable
Becoming a culturally responsible educator is at the forefront of education to help reduce the disproportionate representation of students of color (Dray, Wisneski, 2011). Establishing and maintaining classroom management for many educators can be difficult when the student comes from a background unfamiliar to the teacher. Issues arise when a teacher tries to make meaning out of a concerning behavior from a student who, the teacher has a cultural disconnect. Teachers rarely know how diversity affects how they interpret students’ actions and the way they interact with their students. Teachers may misinterpret a cultural difference as lacking self-regulation. If the teacher is in a low socio-economic community, then that one student can turn into the majority or the whole classroom. This can lead to a mishandling of classroom-management. Dray and Wisneski (2011) agree that diversity is not problematic, but it is the response of the individuals and institutions to diversity that can be problematic. An effective teacher must be culturally responsible, maintain quality teaching, and establish clear classroom routines to manage a student-centered classroom.
Public schools are beginning to see a shift in demographics in the United States. There is now a culturally diverse student population and educators need to respond to this shift in order to ensure an equal education for all students. Culture aids in determining how students learn, and culturally responsive teaching is a way teachers can educate culturally diverse students and provide an equal education for all. Culturally responsive teaching is defined by Geneva Gay as using the various characteristics, perspectives, and experiences of many cultures to effectively teach culturally diverse students (2000). Culturally responsive teaching prepares teachers to work with and teach a culturally diverse classroom of students and allows teachers to create a classroom environment that is similar to their students’ home environments so students do not have to assimilate to the dominant culture or change from their home culture to their school culture depending on their setting (Brown). Multicultural education is not only important for ensuring equal education for all students, but also creates youth who will be able to function and be effective citizens in a pluralistic society (Gay 2003). In order to implement culturally responsive teaching, teachers must acknowledge potential biases and reconstruct their attitudes, create a diverse knowledge base, be caring and empowering, and create a classroom environment that is conducive to a culturally diverse
This course focuses on important to teach students about diversity to help them develop empathy for others. We will read about diversity and cultures to help students understand what diversity really means and how it applies to them. Diversity focuses on race, gender, ethnicity, and cultural and how it pertains to the classroom and everyday life. This course is here to enlighten students of the differences of others and how to be sensitive to everyone’s cultures and beliefs. Consists of developing positive relationships among diverse groups and individuals to fight stereotyping and promote unity (Bank & McGee, 2013).
Diversity has become a major part of society in the past decade and organizations have continued to adapt to our changing world. One way that organizations provide support for human and world differences is by creating a diversity mission statements that support the company’s actions. Diversity mission statements for corporations compared to non-profit organizations are more similar than I expected since. Verizon Wireless is the corporation I chose to research due to their current market share and success of the company. Verizon (2017) stated in their diversity statement how important and vital their employee differences have contributed to their success. According to Verizon (2017), 59% is their current workforce diversity and over half of
This paper will be discussing a recent fifteen hour field experience I participated in which I observed a classroom which included many students of diverse ethnic and cultural groups. I will discuss any prejudices/discriminations I observed in the classroom based on ethnic and cultural diversity. I will also describe how this experience has made me determined to try to create a positive learning environment for students of diversity in the classroom.
America’s schools are challenged to meet the academic and interpersonal needs of all students regardless of culture, race, or ethnic background. Hawley and Nieto (2010) claim that race and ethnicity significantly impacts students’ learning in their article, “Another Inconvenient Truth: Race and Ethnicity” (p. 66). They contended that educators should be “race and ethnicity -responsive” to effectively understand the challenges students from diverse races and cultures face (Hawley & Nieto, 2010, p. 66). Moreover, the article noted that schools should have practices in place that promote an inclusive, supportive, and enriching learning environment for all students including students from different races and ethnicities.
Yet, as public schools become more diverse, demands increase to find the most effective ways to help all students succeed academically as well as learn to get along with each other. We stand committed to fostering and sustaining a pluralistic, inclusive environment that empowers all members of the Dexter R-XI School district to achieve their highest potential without fear of prejudice or discrimination. Within our district we focus on effective communication and cultural experiences in order to create a civil environment for all to feel comfortable enough to grow and learn. The overall goal is to make sure all students and staff are in an environment where they feel safe to learn. Here at Dexter R-XI Schools, we believe that every student falls into a particular group that can be assisted in furthering their education in a multicultural way.
It is my honor to present to you Lamar County School District’s diversity plan for 2015-2020. The plan was created to ensure our school community is providing an appropriate, fair, and diverse culture for the students we serve. We will utilize this plan to incorporate research-based strategies to boost student achievement, participation, and representation of specifically identified minority groups.
As a future teacher, one of the ways I can accomplish and promote inclusion is to develop lesson plans which positively promote multicultural diversity. By including cultural differences and similarities, I will be helping my students understand and appreciate how to be respectful of others culture as well as supporting and demonstrating an equitable learning environment for all students learning experiences. Promoting equity and diversity in the classroom are essential in ensuring my students will be able to thrive and develop values and attitudes to survive in a multicultural society. They learn to celebrate their uniqueness in ways that foster harmony and
My ethnic, racial, and cultural identity as an African American is the primary anchor and explanation for what I emphasize in analyzing current educational realities and future possibilities for marginalized students of color. All students should have the opportunity to live, dream, and achieve all they can in life. For educators, whose backgrounds and experiences are different from students, it is critical to acknowledge sensitivity. I know from personal and professional experiences the transformative benefits of culturally responsive teaching and the devastating effects of continuous failure due to educational irrelevance and ineffectiveness. My advocacy for cultural diversity to improve the achievement of ethnically diverse students is
The United States serves as a culturally rich country who opens its arms to individuals from many different ethnicities, backgrounds, and life experiences. It seeks to be the melting pot of a blended group of people, providing opportunity and equity for all. Consequently, our educational system is the cornerstone for providing equal opportunity for all persons. Therefore, as the United States continues to be immersed with individuals from various cultures, the educational system must consistently seek to assure that educational opportunities are equally distributed to our students. In order for this task to be accomplished, developing a well-defined illustration of what multicultural education is necessary.
Once students and teachers are aware of cultural differences, they become aware of racism and can fight to eradiate it. Through their unbiased understanding of the differences between cultures and races, they are able to come to a point of acceptance of themselves and others. If you noticed in my previous paragraph, I mentioned the different types of diversity. Diversity emphasizes how different students and teachers are, but when explored in a classroom, can be used to reveal our similarities. Once students and teachers grasp the concept of diversity, displayed through everyday interactions with diverse groups of students and teachers, racism begins to disappear. In addition, positive sense of self can be developed once students and teachers have an understanding of their own uniqueness through experiences and understanding of diversity. Once teachers and students
Since I started this class, I have a learned a great deal about cultural diversity in the classroom and abroad. My perspective has changed slightly but my knowledge of this subject has improved. In my family, my father taught me about the civil rights movement and the evils of segregation in the U.S. My parents taught me to be tolerant of all humans, no matter what they look like, how they dress, or their sexual orientation. My family has always been liberal thinkers who taught me the dark history of racism and bigotry in this country. As an educator I would be accepting to all race, creeds, and religious peoples.