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EQUITY IS THE PLATE!. PEER OBSERVER TRAINING: CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE FOUNDATIONS. OUR AGENDA 2-19-13. Let’s Practice LE.1 (Linda Alston) Supporting The Culturally Responsive Toolbox via sample resources: The African American Boys Checklist (Tonia & Prudence) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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PEER OBSERVER TRAINING: CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE FOUNDATIONSEQUITY IS THE PLATE!

Welcome back: Tonia/Prudence1OUR AGENDA 2-19-13Re-Connecting to the CR/Equity Work & CR Journey/Tonia & PrudenceRe-visiting our Ground Rules/Tonia & PrudenceReflection: The Six Traits (Dr. Sampson)The Foundations of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (Dr. Sampson/Shirley Smith)

Lets Practice LE.1 (Linda Alston)Supporting The Culturally Responsive Toolbox via sample resources: The African American Boys Checklist (Tonia & Prudence)LE.1 Scripting: Precious KnowledgeWrap-up/Pulse Check (Shirley Smith)Dr. Sampson2OUR WORKOur CommitmentDevelop critical self-reflection skills and recognition of privilege/bias inherent in educational systemsDevelop an interpersonal Culturally Responsive ToolboxIncreased Pedagogical SkillsOur GoalsIncrease understanding of the lives of Children of Color/DifferenceIncrease Culturally Responsive Consciousness and knowledge of Culturally Responsive PedagogyIncrease our cultural eye to better support principals, teachers, and ultimately-our Students

Tonia/Prudence3OUR GROUND RULESTruly discussing EQUITY/CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS can be intrusive and raw.Conscious reflection is the key to working through the process.Our commitment, shared values, and love for our students is the anchor.Remember that the very issue we are afraid of talking about or addressing is the main issue we must dissect, name, label, and aggressively pursue.

Tonia/Prudence4GROUND RULES CONT..We all have negative thoughts/feelings/biases that we bring to the workplace that can impact our work and perceptions.Give yourself permission to feel uncomfortable, and to know that tackling challenges of inequities/difference is a daunting task.Everyone will proceed at different stageswe must be kind to ourselves and others when pushing.Be present and in the moment-limiting technology and other distractions.Assume positive intentions.

Tonia/Prudence5SIX TRAITS REFLECTIONDr. SampsonWHO ARE YOU?WHAT MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE?

Dr. Sampson6THE CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGICAL JOURNEY

ConsciousnessSelf-ReflectionAnchorsPracticeSustainability

Dr. Sampson7THE FOUNDATIONSWHAT IS CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY?

WHO DOES IT BENEFIT?

WHY IS IT NECESSARY?

Shirley: Indicate that we will go through the foundations and answer the questions, but you would like to ask these questions of the Pos first. Briefly ask these questions8THE THEORETICAL ANCHORSCritical Race Theory: Acknowledges the power, privilege, and inequities inherent in society; and, specifically in school settings that impact the (Mis)Education of Children of Color. Racial Identity Development: Assists in understanding the self-esteem and identity components which impact how Children of Color learn and perceive their world.

Dr. Sampson9SOME DEFINITIONS ANCHORED IN EQUITYEquity

Equality

Culture

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally Responsive Curriculum

Guardians of Equity/Climate Watcher

West Virginia Department of Education2/20/2013Amelia Courts, aadavis@access.k12.wv.us10Dr. SampsonTHE EQUITY/EQUALITY EXERCISE

Dr. Sampson11WHAT IS CULTURE? WHO HAS CULTURE? EVERYONE!

Culture is a way of life practiced by a particular group. Culture has history, beliefs, behaviors, values, language, rituals, food, etc.

Culture is learned, shared, adapted, and DYNAMIC!

African American, Caucasian,

Asian, Native American, Disabled.

FAMILY Latino Gender, GLBTQLinguistically Diverse Students Religion Age Socio-economic Status

THERE ARE MANY CULTURES-BOTH LARGE AND SMALL!

How many cultural layers do our students bring to school each day?

Dr. Sampson12CULTURAL SHOUT-OUTSTHERE ARE MANY CULTURAL LAYERS!!!

SHOUT OUT OTHER CULTURES!

Dr. Sampson13WHO ARE YOU CULTURALLY?Culture: Implicit and explicit characteristics of a person that are developed through background and current experiences, knowledge disposition, skills, and ways of understanding that are informed by race (the social construction of ones skin), ethnicity (history, heritage, customs, rituals, values, symbols), identity (how one perceives and represents himself or herself), class (economic/resource situation), and gender (Milner, 2006).

Dr. Sampson14

WHAT IS CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING?

Culturally Responsive: An approach to teaching that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically, by using cultural references to import knowledge, skills, and attitudes (Ladson-Billings, 1994 p.18). Pedagogy: The study of teaching, which includes yourteaching style, instructional strategies, and philosophical beliefs.

Dr. Sampson15CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE CURRICULUMCurriculum that is augmented to include the experiences/perspectives of children of difference/color.Uses cultural characteristics, experiences, and perspectives of ethnically/linguistically diverse students as conduits for teaching more effectively.Takes the lived experiences and frames of reference of students to provide personal and meaningful curricular stimulation.

REMEMBER: (RigorRelevanceRelationshipsResilience)!

Dr. Sampson16In a Culturally Responsive Classrooms, effective teaching and learning occur in a culturally supported, learner-centered context, whereby the strengths students bring to school are identified, nurtured, and utilized to promote student achievement. Richards, Brown, Forde (2007)Culturally responsive pedagogy has three dimensions (1) Institutional; (2) Personal and (3) Instructional.

Institutional refers to administration policies and the values and climate of the school.Personal refers to cognitive and emotional processes teachers must thoughtfully engage in to become culturally responsive.Instructional refers to the teachers pedagogical toolbox of skills, materials, activities, and instructional abilities.

Dr. Sampson17 CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE MYTHS

Lets discuss three important mythsBig Myth #1: Culturally responsive pedagogy requires that teachers know all of the cultural aspects about every student in their classroom.Big Myth #2: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy is a new teaching technique relevant only to urban Students of Color.Big Myth #3: Only same-race teachers can connect and educate same-race students.

Dr. Sampson18TWO OTHER IMPORTANT ROLESGuardians of Equity: This individual embodies the commitment to Equity and Cultural Responsiveness-living out both principles in everyday practices (not just at school).Climate Watcher: A Climate Watcher is responsible for monitoring the climate in which Children of Color /Difference are being educated. The goal is to ensure cultural responsibility and integrity, and to ensure student well-being.

Shirley: After you go through this slideask how POs can embed these roles in their work.19WHY DO WE NEED TO CONSIDER ALL OF THESE ASPECTS?Approximately 25% of societys school age children are ethnic minorities.Over 20% of students in the U.S. live in economic poverty.By next year, it is estimated that 30% of school-age children will be Children of Color.Dropout rates, expulsions, and suspensions for African American and Latino boys are disproportionately high.Because of the Achievement/Opportunity Divide.

West Virginia Department of Education2/20/2013Amelia Courts, aadavis@access.k12.wv.us20Shirley: This is not a blame slideits simply the factsdeliver as such indicating that we have many considerations when thinking about our population.

ANOTHER CONSIDERATION

What is the racial background of the average teacher? Answer: 86% White

What is the racial /cultural background of the average student in the urban school setting?

Answer: 40% of students being taught by White teachers will come from culturally, economically, linguistically, and racially diverse backgrounds

How do cultural differences impact education?

Shirley: This slide is also just a fact..ask the POs the question how do cultural differences..to generate brief discussion21THE BENEFITSWHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY AND CURRICULUM?

Shirley: State we are going to discuss some of the benefits of CR Pedagogy.Even though we havent given them all of the info yet.ask What do you think are some of the benefits?22CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: (1) Assists students in developing the necessary intellectual, moral, and emotional skills for accomplishing a productive and affirming life; (2) Provides educational instruction to deconstruct established hegemonic pillars and; (3) Assists students of difference/color in maintaining a positive self-concept, with the goal of achieving a sense of collective accountability (Giddings, 2001).

Dr. Sampson23CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE CURRICULUM(RigorRelevanceRelationshipsResilience)Is augmented to include the experiences, perspectives, and artifacts of children of difference/color. Uses cultural characteristics, experiences, and perspectives of ethnically/linguistically diverse students as conduits for teaching more effectively (Gay, 2000).Takes the lived experiences and frames of reference of students to provide personal and meaningful curricular stimulation (Gay, 2000).

Dr. Sampson24WHO DOES IT BENEFIT?EVERYONEBUT PARTICULARLY CHILDREN OF COLOR/DIFFERENCE, AS IT IS ALIGNED WITH CULTURAL COMPONENTS SPECIFIC TO THE LIVES AND RACIAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN OF COLOR/DIFFERENCE.MANY STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY BENEFITS CHILDREN OF COLOR.(Au, 1980, Banks, 2000; Gay, 2000; Ladson-Billings, 2001; Murrell, 2001; Ogbu, 2003).

Dr. Sampson25OTHER BENEFITSPedagogy: Cultura