Title

Who Am I, Who Are They and Does It Even Matter

Location

Harborside Center

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

Head

Brief Program Description

Who are you? Why are you here? Does it even matter? "All I want to do is teach" is what is being said by many teachers as they are being ask to do more and more. Although the academic gap is closing among African American, low social- economic students versus Caucasian students, it's still not closing fast enough. Could it be because of who we are or who they are?

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify who they really are
  • Participants will began to understand the importance the role of relateability plays
  • Participants will understand that all are not created equal, but can be treated equal
  • Participants will understand the role diversity plays in the delivery, perception and reception of the message

Target Audience

  • All school personal

It will be eye opening for some and confirming for others!

Summary

This session will explore the relevancy of really knowing who you are as a person, who your audience is, students parents, their backgrounds, economic status, beliefs etc. and why it matters. We will also take a look at at how we present ourselves in class/school, work environment and various media outlets, are you who you are presenting youreslf to be? Why and how this may affect the learning of your students especially those of poverty and minority groups.

This use of my dissertation "An Investigation Into The Self-Reported Role Cultural Identity Plays In The Educational Interaction Of African American High School Teacher Working With African American High school Students in Texas" findings will be referred to as source.

Practical strategies will be provided, no cost take away activites and questionaires will be provided

Evidence

Gloria Ladson-Billings -Just What Is Critical Race Theory and What's It Doing In A Nice Field Like Education, Landing On the Wrong Note: The Price We Paid For Brown

Fordham & Ogbu - Black Student's School Success: Coping with the Burden of Acting White, Raceless As A Factor In Black Student's Success:Pragmatic Strategy or Pyrrich Victory?

Pablo Freire - Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Ms. Poindexter received a Bachelor of Arts in 1989 from Cameron University in Communications. Upon graduation she worked in the managed healthcare field and for a professional sports agent before entering into the filed of education. She receive in Masters of Education in 2001 from Texas Wesleyan University in Curriculum & Instruction. Ms. Poindexter has worked in the field of education for 19 years at the secondary level and has extensive experience working with minority youth in lower socioeconomic backrounds in Title I schools. She is currently waiting to defend her dissertation at Texas Wesleyan University with the anticipation of graduating in December of 2015.

Ms. Poindexter has presented at the national Dropout Conference and various local educational conferences. She found and serves as the Executive Director of a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the global education of minority youth.

Keyword Descriptors

Cultural Identity, Teacher, Students, Parents, Cultural Relationship, Interactions, Relevant

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-8-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

3-8-2016 5:30 PM

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Mar 8th, 4:00 PM Mar 8th, 5:30 PM

Who Am I, Who Are They and Does It Even Matter

Harborside Center

Who are you? Why are you here? Does it even matter? "All I want to do is teach" is what is being said by many teachers as they are being ask to do more and more. Although the academic gap is closing among African American, low social- economic students versus Caucasian students, it's still not closing fast enough. Could it be because of who we are or who they are?

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify who they really are
  • Participants will began to understand the importance the role of relateability plays
  • Participants will understand that all are not created equal, but can be treated equal
  • Participants will understand the role diversity plays in the delivery, perception and reception of the message

Target Audience

  • All school personal

It will be eye opening for some and confirming for others!