This week in our ED602 course, we watched an extended webinar about how to feature stories about students in the classroom. Multiple professionals in education participated and presented research over decades of progress in improving school performance and embracing the cultural diversity of the various education communities. As a history teacher, I feel like I can apply this in my classroom through project-based learning and inquiry. Through inquiry, my students can search how their culture has impacted historical events. By doing this, we can gain a more enriched curriculum where student participation is more than simply acknowledged but enriches the understanding of the entire class.

We also read about schools that are raising the bar for how parents and communities work together. In many cities, there are teams that are collaborating. The goal of this collaboration is to increase the amount of opportunities available to students. It takes a lot of effort but ultimately allows students to reach more development connections alongside their education. Usually, there are groups or teams that set up regular meetings to find and communicate goals for extra-curricular achievement. These teams can open new doors to students. They also reflect regularly on how they can improve their overall process and effectiveness.
The Master’s program at San Diego Christian College is a similar process. Every week we learn new skills. We apply new knowledge to our teacher tool kit. We incorporate the latest research into our own perspective. Though this expansion we become more professional educators. Our instructors have carefully curated resources and academic articles to help us understand how diversity can enrich our classrooms. As I close out this first week of the course, I am making notes about how I can improve the impact that students can have on our classroom from their cultural heritage.
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