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Becoming a Scholar of Change
By: La'Kenya Brandon

Cover Page
Becoming a Scholar of Change
La’Kenya Brandon
Walden University

Louanne Neiderquill
Teacher as Professional 2016 (EDUC 6610O-14)
June 12, 2016

Challenges within the school setting
In today's society, there are several different challenges within the school setting. The two challenges that I will be discussing today is:
*Technology in the classroom
*Parent Involvement
How does it fit in the global educational climate?
Technology in the classroom and parent involvement are two challenges that occur across many schools in America as well as schools in other countries. We are in need of both of these in order to participate in the success of all students.
According to Kervin (2016), technology brings out the potential in a child and also helps with the language and literacy development of a child.

Be the change you want to see...
After listening to the inspiring stories from the Scholars of Change, 2014-Dorsey Kenderick spoke to me when she expressed how connected to the community in every way she was and how she cared deeply about the students and the world we live in to make the world a better place.
How can we change or be a solution to the problems we face in the schools today? Technology is used often to allow students to be creative and use interactive ways to learn concepts, so let's incorporate it into our lesson as often as we can. At the same time, I want parents to be involved in the success of their child, so let's also conistently communicate with them and build positive relationships that will last a lifetime.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Technology
I realize that realistically not all students will have devices or be able to bring them to school. I have come up with a solution that I think will work:Students will be using a rotation system to check out the devices for the day as well as encouraging parents to bring in their devices. Students will also be given Individualized Lesson Plans that will tap into their creativity without having to use a device, but still being interactive, where the student does not feel left out. But during this activity there will be a time where students will be given the opportunity to use their device or a device from the school.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Technology
S.M.A.R.T. Goals
for Parent Involvement
Notes: Technology in the classroom:
How do we ensure that all students are given equal opportunities to use devices to promote interactive learning?
What do we do about the parent involvement or lack there of from parents and guardians ?
Padak, N., & Rasinski, T. V. (2010). Welcoming Schools: Small Changes That Can Make a Big Difference. Reading Teacher, 64(4), 294-297.

Kervin, L. (2016). Powerful and playful literacy learning with digital technologies. Australian Journal Of Language & Literacy, 39(1), 64-73.

Walden University. (n.d.d). Scholars of change. Retrieved June 8, 2016, from http://www.waldenu.edu/about/social-change/scholars-of-change

Walden University. (2011). 2011 Social Change Impact Report. Retrieved from https://www.waldenu.edu/about/social-change/impact-report-2011
Notes: How can we make
this happen for students across America? What can we as educators do to change this problem?
Notes: My personal goal is to find a donor through Donor's Choose.org to sponsor the school with devices. I also plan to write grants to differnt businesses in hopes to earn money for schools to receive technology in the classroom.
How does this fit in the global educational climate?
For parent involvement, when families feel welcome in schols and participate actively in their children's education, children's attendance, interest, motivation, general achievement, and reading achievement improve (Padak & Pasinski, 2003).
Note: I have made these
goals very broad so that
they can be used for multiple subjects.
S. Students will be given an assignment where they will read, summarize, understand and interpret written information in order to perform a task/assignment, where they will be expected to answer questions, solve problems and be creative using technology.
M. Students will use their Individual Lesson Plans (ILPs) where they will use technological tools provided and B.Y.O.D. to achieve the learning task which will help students be creative and improve their reading skills.
A. Students will be required to do a classroom performance, given Formative and Summative Assessments, and through conferring with each student.
R. Students will be given materials from the classroom as well as devices from school and home where they will rotate devices every two days, giving students the opportunity to work on other parts of the ILP.
T. Students will turn this in at the end of each unit.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Parent Involvement
Parent involvement or the lack there of can be very tricky. As educators we always want the parents to be involved but, how can we do this without having to bribe them?
We can start by consistently communicating with them (for the good and the bad), making them feel important and comfortable, and valuing their opinions.
We have to start somewhere, so that we can get parents more involved in their child's education.
Note: Small changes make big differences!!
S. Teachers will effectively communicate with parents and guardians about their child by going into the community, making home visits, and reassuring parents their importance not only to the child but to the school, and by building a postive rapport with them.
M. Teachers will send home surveys for parents to fill out or attach a QR Code for parents to complete, asking for honest feedback and teachers will have meetings to make improvements to make the parents feel comfortable enough to particpate in events at the school and at home with their child.
A.Teachers will send out newsletters, Facebook updates on school page, Individual teacher webpage updates, and through parent conferences (phone or in person) to communicate activities.
R. Even though not all parents will come to events or participate in their child's education, we as teachers will fill the gap for the students who do not have that support system.
T. On a weekly basis update parents on upcoming events, needs, and student progress.
Note: I know at times it becomes frustrating when parents are absent, we must be the change in which we wish to see.
In conclusion, I believe in being the change in which we want to see. Social change and change as a whole broad umbrella. Taking small steps will make a big difference! I completely agree with Walden University when they said, "we believe knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good, and we’re deeply committed to improving human and social conditions by creating and applying ideas in order to advance society as a whole (2011).” This spoke volumes to me because we have to remember the goal and keep in mind that it is for the greater good and the success of every student.
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