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ERIC Number: EJ934741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Embracing Culture, Teaching Change: Strategies for Professional Development and Personal Growth
Senke, Leslie Jeffs; Smith, Tiffany Taylor
Independent School, v70 n4 Sum 2011
Supporting a diverse school community is ongoing and ever evolving, but many schools need to find a way to start the process, especially as they make the transition from a predominantly white school to a diverse one. Having a diverse student body requires a conscious effort to support all students and to educate teachers to do their part in supporting a well-functioning diverse community. Since most schools are faced with both time and budget restrictions, the authors have developed a three-part program that allows faculty members to assess, develop, and better understand both their own and their school's cultural competency. These three steps can be undertaken in a variety of formats--for example, during opening meetings, in a single in-service day, or over a series of faculty meetings. The first goal is to get a clear picture of where the faculty's strengths and weaknesses lie in regard to supporting a diverse school community. The next goal is to allow faculty members to explore their own personal and cultural histories. Finally, they need to talk openly as a group about school-wide issues surrounding diversity and social change. In the authors' experience, these three steps help set the stage for significant change within the institution as well as within each individual participant. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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