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Race and Ethnicity in the Classroom

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Race and Ethnicity in the Classroom
Kelsey Miner Katie Kuch Danica Windfield Austin Pauling Josie Esser
Race & Ethnicity
Introduction
Achievement Gap
Cultural Values and Religion
Immigration
Prejudice and Integration
The differences in scores on national or state achievement tests between various student demographic groups.

Racial Prejudice - a preconceived judgment or opinion about someone or something based on racial or ethnic background often without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge
Integration in Education - the act of inclusion for all students in a mainstream classroom environment no matter their racial or ethnic background
Problems in the Secondary Classroom and How Educators can Fix/Avoid Them
Stereotype Threat -
When confronted with the threat of a racial bias, stereotyped students may actually perform worse. Studies suggest that this threat may even diminish short term memory.
Positive Feedback Bias
- When a white teacher judges minority student's work less critically or has lower performance expectations for students of different ethnic or racial backgrounds
Solution - Tell students that their struggles fall under the normal achievement gap and have nothing to do with them or their racial group.
Solution - Schools with a network of social support for all racial groups will lower racial hostility and allow for more objective grading.

Multicultural Education-
teachers are held ethically and morally responsible
Panethnic Membership-
ethnic membership based on national origin from a continent

Things Teacher's Have to Overcome

Topics of the Day-
Immigration, Achievement Gap, Values & Religion, and Inclusion & Prejudice


In Elementary Schools:
Today's elementary schools are becoming more diverse with
students from Hispanic, African, Asian, and Native American
backgrounds, with 44% non-Caucasian students in the U.S.
Achievement gaps are affected by more than
just race and & ethnicity, but are directly linked to
one another.
Leads to language barriers between students, teachers, and parents.
Parents are unable to help their children with schoolwork.
Students do not understand the lesson, causing behavioral problems, and causing the child to lose interest.


With the help of ELL (English Language Learners) programs
and reading specialists, students are able to get the help
they need in order to succeed in the classroom at young ages.

How do schools respect and adapt to students' cultural and religious obligations?

Adapting to the Catholic
Religion and Values in Schools
The Season of Lent
Ash Wednesday and Fridays between Ash Wednesday and Easter

Adapting to the Muslim
Values and Religion in Schools
In Elementary Schools

Daily Worship (Salah)
Solution
Snack Time
In All Schools
Ramadan
Solution
In Secondary Schools

These ELL teachers and specialists help students make connections to students' everyday experiences and integrate classroom learning with out of school experiences.
Educators are required to increase all students' performance but also reduce achievement gaps among racial/ethnic groups of students.
According to NCLB, all students are required to make yearly academic progress, this includes students in various racial/ethnic subgroups as well as English Language Learners.
Achievement gaps are not solely defined by race and ethnicity
With strong ELL programs and culturally competent teachers, this could help close the Achievement Gap with race and ethnicity.
So...
Immigration into the United States continues to have many effects in the American education system

Many people find immigration great for the country, but not for education

People are finding more negative effects than positive effects that immigration has had on education







Effects immigration have on education:
language barriers between students and teachers in the classroom

various cultural differences that must be overcome before learning can take place, in both elementary and secondary schools

It has been said that english-speaking students have benefited from immigration

What is being done about this?
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