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Cultural Relevance and Academic Equity in the Age of ESSA
Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Almitra Berry-Jones, Author of the book Effecting Change: Intervention for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners and Executive Director, Strategic & Urban Partnerships, Achieve3000
Sponsored by Achieve3000
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A nationally renowned expert in culturally and linguistically diverse learners at risk, Dr. Almitra Berry-Jones aims to introduce educators to a culturally relevant pragmatism that regards the culturally and linguistically diverse learner as one who brings to school a divergent order of reality that influences the efficacy of traditional instructional methods.
In this engaging edWebinar, Dr. Berry-Jones explores what culture means for students, including their relationships to home, peers, and school. She takes on questions of equality and equity in American public schools, looking at the history of educational (in)equality and both the origin and pervasive nature of achievement gaps.
Next, Dr. Berry-Jones takes you through the creation of meaningfully different and culturally responsive instruction as well as how technology can serve as an instructional lever. She gives specific approaches for addressing ESSA goals for traditional disenfranchised learners, including five actions for creating a change mindset for adult stakeholders, five objectives for examining and implementing effective practices, and what she calls the “J-Curve of Change.”
K-12 educators and leaders will benefit from watching this recorded event. Watch Dr. Berry-Jones in this deep dive into cultural relevance and academic equity, and take away a broader understanding of equality and achievement as well as a clear sense of how you, too, can enact significant and meaningful change.
About the Presenter
Almitra Berry-Jones, Ed.D. is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant on the topic of culturally and linguistically diverse learners at-risk. Her research focuses on academic achievement in majority-minority, high-poverty, large, urban school districts. Dr. Berry-Jones is author of the book Effecting Change: Intervention for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners. Dr. Berry-Jones holds a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction. She holds multiple credentials including a California reading endorsement, language development specialist (LDS), and bilingual/cross-cultural language acquisition and development (CLAD/BCLAD) for Spanish language instruction. Dr. Berry-Jones has taught, trained, and supervised reading/language arts implementations (regular, intervention, bilingual/dual immersion, and special education) throughout the United States with an emphasis on direct instruction. She has presented at scores of state, national, and international conferences on the topics of leadership, curriculum reform, and meeting the needs of students at-risk.
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