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  • Teacher Diversity in the Classroom
    • Lestene Amerson
    • Jessica Heflin
    • Aaron Hudson
    • Darci Lange
    • Beth Moten
    • Crystal Terzic
  • A Teachers’ Purpose
    • Present content knowledge
    • Effective teaching style
    • Role Model
  • Why is there such a need for racially diverse educators?...What Can They Provide to Diverse Students?
    • Role models
    • Diverse perspectives and global views
    • Provide a connection to African American and Hispanic communities
  • California State Department of Education Drop-out Rates Sacramento Bee, “Drop out Numbers, Who Should Take the Rap?” (July 31, 2008)
  • Students: (Out of the 68% who Graduate High School) 75% 49% 51%
  • Ethnic Diversity of Teachers pales in comparison to the Ethnic Diversity of Students: Teachers Students
  • What to Consider:
    • Is there a connection between the majority of teachers being WHITE and the majority of graduating students being WHITE?
    • Is it significant that we have nearly all WHITE teachers while, in many cases, a majority of NON-WHITE students?
  • How This Dichotomy in Classroom Demographics impact graduation rates…
    • “A diversified teaching faculty can provide high yet achievable academic standards.” (Shen, et. al., 2003)
    • If our teachers and students cannot understand each other, learning can not effectively take place
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  • Culture: Cover vs Core
    • Cover
      • Behavior: referrals
      • Low scores
      • Dropout
    • Core
      • Raised expectations
      • Increase Scores
      • Graduate
  • Cultural Relevance: A Passive & Active Process
    • “ Know”
      • Acceptance
      • Trust
      • Respect
    • “ Do”
      • Adaptation
      • Motivation
      • Participation
  • Why Minorities Choose Other Professions:
    • Low Pay
    • Prestige
    • Testing
  • Position
    • The lack of ethnic diversity among educators in the United States is a trend that must be reversed in order to provide a racially diverse perspective on life, education, and learning for all students.
    • A multi-cultural curriculum becomes multi-faceted in that a teacher of ethnic origin can draw upon their own life experiences to connect with students on both emotional and academic levels.
  • Problem: Teacher population does not reflect their classrooms. + Problem: Achievement gaps. = Bigger Problem: ethnic disparities in the public education system.
    • Solution: Reform, reform, reform…
  • How to reform…different approaches
  • Change Does not Happen in a Vacuum!
    • Top-Down: Critical Race Theory. Restart and Try again
    • Bottom-up: Invidualiatic, Teacher training (pre and employed), money incentives for minorities to pursue EDUC
  • Currently: Teacher Training
    • Seminars and Lectures to raise cultural awareness conducted on and off site
    • Problem: “I’m not a racist!”
    • Problem: “One size does not fit all!”
  • Conundrum?
    • E=mc 2 … it’s all relative!
    • Culturally rich teachers can act as a keystone
    • Teachers who share cultural traditions with their students foster so much more than just a simplistic connection…
    • “ A school climate is created by the individuals that make up that school…a homogeneous teaching staff creates a school climate that is substandard, especially if the student population is multicultural. Lack of diversity cripples learning opportunities for students and repeatedly presents education from a single perspective.” – N. Rose Af. Am. Elementary art teacher
  • Case Study:
    • West Indian Teachers and student synchronization
    • Race a proxy for understanding black students?...
    • Does matching mean immigration status, ethnicity, race, class, gender or a combination of characteristics?
    • ( Warikoo, 2004)
  • Misapplied Cultural Relevance
    • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: a mechanism to diminish achievement gaps.
    • Teachers NEED to be culturally competent & support the goals of multicultural ed. on substantive levels
    • ↑ Diversity ≠ ↑ Cultural Competency but, it’s one way to catalyze much NEEDED change!