Cultural Diversity in Public Schools: Closing the Gap Essay

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Introduction As a native of Miami, Florida, I have witnessed the many cultural changes that have taken place over the years. As an educator teaching within the nation’s fifth largest public school district for the past 25 years, I have had a great amount of exposure to the cultural diversity that makes up the public school, and I have become very familiar with challenges, family issues, and cultural differences that can influence the educational performance of my students. I have developed an understanding that in order to provide the most successful learning environment for culturally diverse student’s, teachers must be able to provide classroom instruction that is free of personal bias and which addresses the diversified cultural …show more content…
Approaching Administration to Address Diverse Cultural Learning When taking a culturally responsive approach, teachers must first be sure they have the support of administrators and other faculty. This school-wide participation is necessary in order to effectively respond to the diverse needs of each learner. Furthermore, teachers and administration must have the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to promote social justice in every subject area and school activity throughout the entire school year. Schools that teach for social justice must have a committed, highly skilled, and self-reflective teaching staff, must be small in size, and must have a democratically run administration (Kraft, 2007). As mentioned, the middle school where I teach is very diversely populated. The staff is very diverse. Funding is always an issue with updating material; however, curriculum specialists are available to offer various ideas for including culturally responsive instructional strategies. Culturally responsive teaching takes place when educators implement appropriate evidence based instructional approaches that have been validated with diverse populations (Klingner & Edwards, 2006). As a result, the administration is available when approached with new ideas for culturally diverse instructional strategies. A meeting would be set to have the principal come into the

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