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Are you seeing your students clearly?
This unique collaboration between a veteran educator and a psychotherapist shows that the educators who are most effective in teaching diverse student populations are the ones who can “see students clearly and respond to their needs without hesitation or bias.” Framed around an original, eight-stage model of diversity development, this book provides readers with essential tools for building a sturdy foundation of mutual respect upon which schools without bias can be constructed. Included are specific strategies for creating a school environment that
Gives voice and consideration to all students; Shows interest, empathy, and respect for all staff members; Advocates respect and reverence of individuality; Adapts innovative policies—despite resistance—that best serve the total school community
In addition to vignettes, anecdotes, and case examples, ...
Chapter 4: Self-Examination
Step One: Acknowledgment of Bias
Acknowledgment of bias is the first and most difficult step of becoming a culturally considerate educator and creating a culturally considerate school environment. Not unlike the twelve-step model of recovery, acknowledgment of one's addiction to biased beliefs and behaviors can be extremely painful. Awareness and acknowledgment usually don't happen on their own. No miracle occurs, no night-time apparition haunts us into revelation, but usually something does happen to force us to face our deficits. This something often falls into one of four categories: Personal Realization, Interpersonal Conflicts, Professional Crisis, and/or Unexpected Exposure to Social Injustice.
Personal realization may be silent, but is always profound. Examples of personal realization include a family member's [Page 26]marriage to someone from another country, the birth ...