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School of Education

School of Education

Belonging

Belonging

1. Families
  • Incorporates diverse perspectives of family and community in the learning process.
  • Represents and welcomes all families, including those with lesbian or gay parents.      
  • Believes they can learn from information that children and their families have to offer.
  • Recognizes the challenges families living in poverty have and develops lessons and relationships accordingly. 
2. Classroom Environment
  • Maintains a safe, inclusive, culturally responsive classroom where all children feel valued and have a sense of belonging.
  • Proactively addresses diversity related situations.
  • Believes that each student matters and that each one deserves and desires to be loved and accepted.
  • Exhibits positive, caring attitudes so all students, including those with disabilities and those who are gay.

3.  Voice

  • Provides opportunities for students to express their ideas and opinions.
  • Interacts with students in ways that show regard for linguistic differences.
  • For students who are learning English, the candidate learns key words in the student’s language to increase communication.
  • Includes children in the identification and exploration of issues important to them.

4. Classroom Community and Peer Interaction

  • Groups and engages students to foster positive interactions w/ peers of different social groups & backgrounds.
  • Engages students in discussions with other students about course content.
  • Differentiates classroom management based on the needs of the students leading to successful classroom community membership for all.
  • Provides opportunities and or encouragement for extracurricular involvement.

5. Relevance

  • Provides opportunities for students to be successful in their studies.
  • Plans instruction around students’ experiences and interests and cultural competencies.