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Cultural Education

Our classrooms have unique individuals sitting in every seat. In conjunction with professional development on differentiation, the Urban Education team's goal is to help staff begin appreciating the differences and individual needs of the children and families represented in our schools.

We invite you to participate in one of our courses or just to explore a topic and learn. As always, we welcome your suggestions and ideas. Please email teacherpd@cms.k12.nc.us.

The Urban Education Team.


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Diversity


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Poverty

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Culture


Professional Development Opportunities

Course Name
Description
Department
Availability
Overview of Diversity Topics
Audience: All staff
A non-facilitated Moodle course. This format provides maximum accessibility in order to reach as many teachers as possible. Topics addressed include stereotypes and biases, cognitive differences, socioeconomic considerations, and cultural differences. The relationship of each topic to teaching and learning is explored in this course.
Teacher PD
Available through MyPD registration from July to May of the following year. Register now on MyPD.
Implications of Poverty for Teaching and Learning
Audience: All staff
A course exploring the implications of poverty for teaching and learning is being developed as an online Moodle course in collaboration with the Family and Community Services department. This course will explore characteristics of students of poverty as well as neurological consequences of living in poverty. Specific classroom management and instructional strategies that can benefit students of poverty will be explored in this course.
Teacher PD
Available for registration on MyPD.
Culturally Proficient Teaching
Audience: All staff
A face-to-face course exploring culturally proficient teaching. Participants in this course will build background knowledge about diverse learners and examine their own culture and biases. They will explore strategies to create a positive, collaborative classroom community and research-based teaching strategies appropriate for their diverse students.
Teacher PD
Available through registration on MyPD.
Learn to Move and Move to Learn
Audience: All staff
A face-to-face course exploring movements that improve reading, writing, listening, and speaking; and student engagement activities that deepen attitudes. Participants will learn to find Pace, learn the correlation between water and learning, and learn the organization of the brain and the physiology of stress.
Teacher PD
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
Poverty Simulation
Audience: All staff
A poverty simulation is an interactive and experiential workshop to help administrators and school-based staff understand the daily challenges faced by many of our economically disadvantaged families. This understanding allows staff to engage and work with students and their families in a more effective manner.
Diversity Office
Available upon request for individual schools. Available through MyPD when offered for open registration.
Engaging Diverse Families
Audience: All staff
Designed to improve teachers’ and support staff’s perspective and definitions of family involvement. The objective is to minimize barriers for meaningful parental participation. This workshop is based on information from Reaching out to Diverse populations: What Can Schools Do to Foster Family-School Connections? By Chris Ferguson, National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools.
Diversity Office
Available upon request for individual schools. Three sessions scheduled for open registration throughout the school year
Understanding Hispanic/Latino Families
Audience: All staff
This workshop provides a general overview of the presence, growth and nuances of the Hispanic and Latino families in the United States. Demographic information is presented along with cultural influences and tips on how to work with this diverse community. This workshop can be tailored for support staff or for teachers (the teacher version includes information on how to connect curriculum to home culture).
Diversity Office
Available upon request for individual schools. Three sessions scheduled for open registration throughout the school year
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Audience: All staff
This workshop based on the book with the same name by Dr. Ruby Payne, strives to be an inspection of the social and economic class structure of the United States and seeks to provide those living in middle class and wealth with a better understanding of the challenges that face those living in poverty. The goal of this course is to provide educators with "practical, real-world support and guidance to improve their effectiveness in working with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds."
Diversity Office
Available upon request for individual schools. Three sessions scheduled for open registration throughout the school year
Souls of Our Students: Appreciating Differences
Audience: All staff
The SOS curriculum is based on a locally-produced video made specifically to highlight diversity and inclusion issues affecting high school students in CMS. The goal of this workshop is to create dialogue in order to promote understanding as a path to respect, acceptance and inclusion. This reflective curriculum empowers teachers to promote an inclusive school environment.
Diversity Office
Available upon request for individual schools. Three sessions scheduled for open registration throughout the school year
RtI Interventions for Struggling Males
Audience: All staff
This course identifies the underlying concepts to address struggling male students. Participants assess their impact on the learning environment and determine the proper intervention path to support male students.
Culture/Diversity connection: Explores the relationship between gender, class, ethnicity and teacher perception
RtI Team
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
Classroom Management by Design
Audience: Instructional Staff
This course uses the concept of the PLC and action research to support teachers with developing effective learning environments. Key practices for instructional management, environmental management and behavior management are addressed.
Culture/Diversity connection: Supports instructional staff with construction of a “safe” learning environment (i.e. cultural norms and values).
RtI Team
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
Classroom Management Support Plan
Audience: Instructional staff
All well managed classrooms begin with a plan. Properly defined behavioral expectations, rules, procedures and routines are a good predictor of a safe and orderly learning environment.
Culture/Diversity connection: Participants develop a blueprint to align their classroom vision and support practices for communication to students and parents.
RtI Team
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
Teaching Social Skills for Student Success
Audience: All staff
Social skills instruction has been shown to be one of the most effective interventions for supporting problem student behavior. This workshop is designed for school staff that will be providing both direct and indirect social skills instruction throughout the school day. Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of teaching these skills as well as how to structure and implement targeted lessons.
Culture/Diversity connection: Appropriate social skills are critical for students to navigate the learning environment as well as the work place.
RtI Team
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
Positive Student-Teacher Relationships
Audience: All staff
Relationships are a key component for the learning process. This mini-skills course provides participants with strategies to develop their own style for positive student relationships.
Culture/Diversity connection: Participants explore the range values that students bring to schools and how they impact student-teacher relationship.
RtI Team
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
The Home – School Connection
Audience: All staff
Today’s educators face the daunting task of reaching a variety of families/learners. This training will examine the factors that influence our practices with home-school communication. Participants will develop a family involvement plan.
Culture/Diversity connection: Participants develop a family involvement plan to take into consideration parent expectations versus school expectations.
RtI Team
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
Effective Parent Communication
Audience: All staff
Effective communication between teachers and parents is essential to the home-school partnership. Participants will learn proactive strategies for communicating critical student information to parents.
Culture/Diversity connection: This workshop addresses effective parent teacher conferences and how proper preparation will increase positive outcomes.
RtI Team
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
Managing Escalating Behavior
Audience: All staff
Understanding the stages of behavioral escalation is critical in the avoidance of crisis situations with students. Alternative responses and body awareness is emphasized.
Culture/Diversity connection: Cultural differences such as boundaries are discussed that may trigger problem behavior.
RtI Team
Available through MyPD registration when course is offered.
Engineering Is Elementary
A supplemental program that provides an integrated approach to STEM that also includes cultural connections. Each of the 20 stories takes place in a different country and the teacher materials have suggestions on how to use those stories to explore cultural differences.
STEM Team
Available through MyPD registration when training is offered.