As I was exploring the North Shore Elementary School (NSE) it dawned to me how truly divers the campus is. At NSE there are different ethnicities including African American, Hispanic, white, American Indian, and Asian. With students having such a rich and diverse cultures it is necessary that there are teachers present to help foster collaboration and community. There are also students with varying socio-economic status. Students also differ in the languages they use at home and school.
The data I collected indicated that NSE contains students from different backgrounds, and the school does its best to make sure each student is treated fairly and given what they need to succeed. At NSE 88 students are African American (9.5%), 816 are Hispanic (82.6%),70 are White (7.5%), 4 are American Indian (0.4%) 2 are Asian (0.2%), and 5 have two or more races (0.5%). Since the diversity in the students is so broad, there is also a diversity in the faculty and staff. Teachers who come from different ethnicities can relate to their students ' cultural backgrounds. Another example in which NSE has proven that they are willing to support its students is with the school’s Backpack Buddy Program (BBP). Students with low socio-economic backgrounds are recommended for the BBP, which means that on Fridays students are given food for their family to use. The school also provides free or reduced lunch to those students who qualify. Because the school is made up of 802 students who are
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Union Hill Elementary School is embedded in an area of rich history in the City of Worcester. Their school building was built following the Civil War and has withstood the changes of time from its early years of a primarily Jewish Immigrant and merchant town to today’s urban neighborhood, rich in diversity but plagued with instability, crime and poverty. In March of 2010, Union Hill was identified as a Level IV School; it was a school that lacked structure with a chaotic environment with many deficits. There was a lack of supervision, schedule, standard-based curriculum, effective instruction and leadership. Most importantly, there was a lack of trust among the parents. They did not have the faith that Union Hill was going to give their children the best education possible. Under the supervision of new Principal Marie Morse, changes were made. There was a new level of commitment and passion among the school staff that drove them toward creating five areas of focus for the year:
Diversity is a beautiful thing; from religion to physical looks, the differences among people is astounding. The world would be such a monotonous place if everyone were the same. However, many tend to note that diversity in a classroom can sometimes be an issue- especially among the students. From my own experiences within a diverse class, I realize that the contrast between students is a blessing and a curse
In order to improve East Bridgewater Jr/Sr High School in hopes to once again achieve a level one rating from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, I have identified the three following goals in hope to increase the school’s rating. Two of the three goals have a direct impact on the school 's ranking while the third has an indirect correlation. The three goals are as follows:
Due to the large Caucasian community that resides in Cabot, it is essential for the school district to provide opportunities for students to be exposed to diversity. Although a school district cannot change its population make-up, it can provide opportunities to its students that teach diversity, tolerance, dignity and respect. Students must realize that, although their every day encounters with students during their school years are limited in regards to diversity, the world that awaits them when they graduate is composed of people of different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc. It is essential that the Cabot School District provide not only a sound academic foundation for students but a highly, diversified cultural foundation, as well.
Three ideas for teachers to support new immigrant students in a classroom will be images and games, friendly conversation, and the power of stories. When it comes to images and games, teachers should decorate their classroom or school walls with photos of diverse role models, including those of immigrants (Burnett, 2015). As a teacher, you should make sure your class is unique and comfortable for young students. When I become a teacher, I will make sure I decorate my class and make it colorful. Furthermore, I will have some type of diverse theme in my class so I can make all students feel welcome in my class and welcome by me. Now when it comes to friendly conversations, teachers should create mixed-student small groups. Students may feel
Manhattan Beach Unified School District is often lauded as an “exemplary” school district due to the relative degree of achievement in its extracurricular activities, its electives’ successes, and its objectively high API (Academic Performance Index) score. This, however, is a misnomer. Manhattan Beach Unified School District, particularly Mira Costa High School, is lacking in a variety of sectors.
Noura Wilmot September 26, 2016 ENC 1101 Evaluation Education would be considered the most valuable element that an individual can acquire. Learning about real world problems, meeting people, sharing life experiences, getting a job based on your abilities and becoming a success because of your knowledge. This is all stemmed from the one institution in which is the most important: School. Pembroke Pines Charter High School was the school I attended. The slogan “College, Citizenship and Community” played a very important role throughout the school program. VISION & GOAL The vision that Pembroke Pines Charter High School wants to achieve is in “collaboration with students, parents and the community, endeavors to create a challenging and supportive organization of lifelong learners” and to “actively engage in a continuous process of intellectual, emotional and social growth that is unified in direction, yet diverse in approach and instruction.” I appreciate the message that the school is displaying. The theme of the family unit being utilized brings about that no one should work alone only through teamwork which can result in success in the future. SIZE & ECONOMICS The school is fairly huge but has a very wide open space which makes the school seem huge. Buildings spread out across giving the students a chance at having some fresh air while navigating to their next class on their schedule. The school has about 1,716 students from grades 9-12th. The percentage of gender is 53
Metro West Learning Academy has been a positive experience for me. It has benefited me in many ways. Metro has helped me handle stress by alleviating it. At first I didn’t want to come to Metro. I was worried about leaving all of my friends but I made some here. And the teachers here have also made it better because of how individualized the program is.
Whitney high school is one of the finest schools in the state of California which has continuously posted excellent performance, particularly in the state-wide examinations. In the recent times, this performance trend has been negatively affected due to the admission of several immigrant students who have several learning deficiencies and are, therefore, in a dire need for an expanded curriculum that is inclusive of their learning needs. Teachers in Whitney school have got several years of experience teaching predominantly white and native students. As a matter of fact, nearly three-quarters of the teacher population has had no contact with students from other racial backgrounds. Some of the instructional materials used in the school are
Funding allocation for additional training of educators as well as educators developmental programs would need to be created. Funding for curricula related expenses such as culturally relevant literature, events, speakers, and programs needed to facilitate learning. Learning in a real life setting such as the inclusion of community leaders, parents and institutions to give positive examples of diversity in action. In Lopez' (1995) study examined the relationship between the types of student learning, teaching skills and how knowledge affects the student performance. The teacher's race, gender and classroom size were examined to determine if student or teacher diversity or capacity affected the student performance for kindergarten through sixth grade. The results that were significant in regard to race and learning styles were that African American and Hispanic teachers were able to amplify student performance in the classrooms where the teacher’s race was the same as the students. This result indicates that young African American students have a positive school experience when they have teachers with whom they can identify with.
Northridge High School provides a very diverse student population. Overall, students come from different backgrounds and incomes. There are 1,159 students total in this high school. The school has 60% black, 35% white, 3% asian, and 2% hispanic students. This school is a Title 1 school and 35% of the students are eligible for free lunch. The high school has accommodations for students with any special needs. Their policy on ELL students is strictly classroom based, the classroom teacher is also the ELL teacher, which they have found creates positive results. They are also becoming more technology driven, which is very important in our society today.
Swain County High School (SCHS) is the only high school in the district. Traditionally, the school system has a wealth of community support. The system uses local parent and teacher surveys to provide feedback as well as participating in the 2012 North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey. The North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey (TWCS) provides data to schools and districts about whether schools have the supportive environments necessary for them to be successful with students. The survey consists of eight constructs and should be used by schools in positive ways to help develop school improvement plans. The feedback allows for the comparison to other schools in your own district and across the state. Specific data from each construct is summarized below.
An analyzation of the various types of races, grades, members of a household, pattern and trend that can be identified by the grade level cohort. Each teacher should take the time to explore the community in cohort depending on the safety of the neighborhood. If possible a scavenger hunt throughout the neighborhood would familiarize the teachers on the cultural dynamics of the classroom. Each teacher should set goals for every marking period of how the will incorporate a familiar culture while introducing other aspects. A reform for multicultural education starts with self-awareness of the teacher’s work environment and the students he or she serves. “The challenge for the classroom teacher faced with introducing multiculturalism into his
There are many factors that play a role in the learning process for every human being. Race, religion, language, socioeconomics, gender, family structure, and disabilities can all affect the ways in which we learn. Educators must take special measures in the delivery of classroom instruction to celebrate the learning and cultural differences of each of their students. As communities and schools continue to grow in diversity, teachers are searching for effective educational programs to accommodate the various learning styles of each student while promoting acceptance of cultural differences throughout the classroom. It no longer suffices to plan educational experiences only for middle-or upper class white learners and then
Elementary teachers not only introduce their students to the basic concepts of core subjects, they also help pave the path to each student’s future success. Education to become a teacher is long and tedious, and while the income may not be the highest available, watching students develop a new skill or grow an appreciation for learning can be very rewarding. Because there will always be a need for education, even with the recent budget cuts, teaching jobs will always have to be available somewhere.