Committed to Diversity

Effective Urban Educators are committed to meet the needs of a diverse population. Below are artifacts that provide evidence of my commitment to diversity.

Evidence that I have used the strengths of the diverse population on my classroom to build a more responsive and inclusive environment:

Memoir Unit Plan
In this unit plan, students write and illustrate a short six word memoir, read and respond to a short story memoir, and write their own memoir. These multiple methods of assessment allow students to demonstrate understanding of the content in a variety of ways. The unit plan engages learners in their own growth by focusing on a subject that is important and engaging to students: themselves. Lastly, the skills required in this unit, such as reading comprehension and writing, are presented as “works in progress;” something that students will continue to improve upon throughout the year and that both students and teacher can monitor the growth of.

Evidence that demonstrates how I enhance my students’ awareness of, respect and appreciation of diverse populations:

Learning with Communities
This is a reflection on the community in which my student teaching placement is located. In my reflection, I discuss ways in which I plan to use the research I have conducted on the community to take responsibility for the students of this community and collaborate with students’ families and the community to ensure student growth.

Memoir Unit Plan
In this unit plan, students write and illustrate a short six word memoir, read and respond to a short story memoir, and write their own memoir. These multiple methods of assessment allow students to demonstrate understanding of the content in a variety of ways. The unit plan engages learners in their own growth by focusing on a subject that is important and engaging to students: themselves. Lastly, the skills required in this unit, such as reading comprehension and writing, are presented as “works in progress;” something that students will continue to improve upon throughout the year and that both students and teacher can monitor the growth of.

Evidence that demonstrates my goals for continued growth in this area:

Latino/a Literature in the Multicultural English Classroom
This is a research paper written for a Multicultural Education in Urban America course. The paper examines the deculturalization of Latino/as in American education, discusses the importance of multiculturalism in the secondary English classroom and offers a selection of literature by Latino/a writers that are appropriate to use in a secondary English classroom.

Multicultural Literature for Young Adults
This is an annotated list of multicultural literature and accompanying teaching activities and strategies for young adults created for a course on Language, Literacy and Learning. The list includes books about multicultural experiences in the United States as well as in other countries.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Novel Unit
This is a novel unit on Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post created for a course on Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools. The unit for 10th grade students focuses on the theme of the search for identity. It includes an introductory and concluding activity and seven lesson plans.

Classroom Organization and Management Plan
This plan provides ideas for collaborating with students, families and other school staff members to create a cooperative classroom environment that supports the needs of all students and encourages students to take an active role in their education through activities such as reading and writing workshops. My plan includes classroom design and physical accommodations, classroom management strategies, ideas on how to build a community of leaders, and descriptions of the roles of students, teachers, and families.

Additional evidence I am committed to diversity:

Reading Ladder: Strong Female Protagonists
This is a Reading Ladder created for a Young Adult Literature course. The Reading Ladder is intended to guide adolescent readers through a series of books that increase in reading level difficulty. The books in this Reading Ladder focus on strong female protagonists and represent a variety of cultures.

Teaching and Learning Statement
The Teaching and Learning Statement is a reflective statement on my teaching philosophies and practices. In this statement I describe the theoretical framework of constructivism and explain how this philosophy allows me to be a reflective and innovative educator who is committed to diversity.