Highly Qualified & Culturally Competent. Is It Too Much To Expect of Public School Teachers?. Dr. Rodney Davis Troy University. Purpose:. Explore Cultural Competence Inform so we can lead others Create a dialogue between educators Initiate change. Outline.
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Is It Too Much To Expect of Public School Teachers?
Dr. Rodney Davis Troy University
“Tragically, over the last seven and a half years of the Clinton-Gore Administration, our nation has experienced an education recession—a decline and stagnation in student achievement. Too many schools are not teaching our children basic skills, such as reading and writing. Too many schools are plagued by violence and disorder that hinder learning and development. And children who want to excel in subjects like math and science are not given enough opportunities to realize their potential.” George W. Bush
Focus is on Inputs
What does an effective teacher
“Given the growing diversity of America’s public school students and the demands that all students meet AYP [adequate yearly progress] there is substantial evidence that teachers need more than context knowledge to be effective.”
The Effective Teacher
Source 2000 US Census
Tried and true methodologies that were
successful in years gone by may not meet the
needs of a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-
lingual, and multi-cultural classroom the next
generation of teachers will stand before.
These conclusions beg the question, if they are true for the medical profession, one that is client/patient centered, are they not also true for the educational profession that promotes its child-centeredness?
Children are affirmed in
their cultural connections
collectivity as well as
Classroom is managed
With firm, consistent
Classroom is physically
Changes made to
accommodate culture are
essential to learning
Students are reinforced
Source: Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms