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

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