Engaging Underserved, Marginalized Students

Description

Professional development and training that informs and empowers educators to understand & effectively engage with underserved, marginalized student populations, especially African American students.

Objectives

Through the use of presentation and relevant activities, the objectives of the professional development and training include:

  • An understanding from where students’ behaviors stem
  •  An understanding about how poverty, inequity, and racism impacts student learning and parental support & engagement
  • An understanding about the importance of teacher connectedness and culturally responsive approaches
  • An understanding of concrete strategies that promote engagement, cooperation and success among underserved student populations

Outcomes

With the adoption of the information and strategies presented in the professional development training, the school culture will improve in the following ways:

  • Faculty will have an awakening of understanding that promotes empathy, kindness and compassion
  • Student misbehaviors and parental oppositions will lessen as a result of understanding
  • Anticipate and prevent situations that require resistant responses from students and parents
  • Responses to students’ and parents’ behaviors will change to an approach that is focused on cooperation and collaboration instead of responding in a way that promotes resistance and rebellion
  • As a result of these actions a culture of respectful, empathic, cooperation can take hold and grow student success, parental satisfaction and faculty contentment 

Embedding Reading Strategies in Academic Content Area Materials

Description

Active, hands-on, professional development workshop that is designed to inform and empower faculty in all disciplines how to quickly and easily embed reading strategies in content area material.

Objectives  

Through the use of presentation, demonstration, relevant activities, opportunities for practice and video clips, the objectives of the professional development workshops include:

  • An understanding from where students’ reading gaps stem
  •  An understanding of the importance of the ability for students to read academic content area material
  • An understanding of how to quickly and effectively embed reading strategies in all content area material
  • Introduction to reading strategies that promote the ability to read, recall and use information
  • An understanding and ability to teach the application of the following active reading strategies:

Marking the text

Developing a purpose & what’s important

Making predictions

Asking questions

Developing inferences

Making connections & building background knowledge

Creating visuals to enhance comprehension & recall

Reading visual displays

Summarizing & reflecting

Outcomes

With the adoption of the information and strategies presented in the professional development training, the school culture will improve in the following ways:

  • Faculty will have an understanding from where student reading gaps stem
  • Faculty will have an understanding of the importance of students’ ability to read academic content area material
  • Faculty will have an understanding of how to quickly and effectively embed reading strategies in all content area material
  • Students will benefit from having common active reading expectations in each class
  • Students will benefit from having common reading strategies reinforced in all content area classes
  •  As a result of these actions a campus culture that values skillful and purposeful academic reading can take hold and grow student retention, persistence and success