Title

The Color of My Skin and How It Affects Me

Location

Harborside Center

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Mental & Physical Health

Relevance

The past two years I presented at the character counts conference in Sav, GA. Both years I was able to show how diversity(HEART strand) is an important consideration in how we deal with all our students. Cultural diversity is relevant when we are living in a country that reflects a racial divide. This racial divide is also identified in the educational setting.

Brief Program Description

Specific Objective: To raise our individual consciousness in regards to cultural diversity.

Topics:Current research is explored, students and teacher reaction to racial issues that come up in the school setting. The current racial climate in the US as compared to other nations.

Target audience: Teachers and school staff, Mental Health Staff.

Summary

My proposal will include pertinent information for today's educators who are dealing with students with challenging social situations. It will include how to become a culturally responsive educator. It will provide participants with classroom strategies and participants will become reflective educators.

Evidence

Working with middle school students, parents and staff over the past 18 years has provided me with an opportunity to field test the response to being a culturally responsive educator. I have run my small groups and classroom guidance with this base strategy as well as trained and presented to countless educator this reflective teaching style. Many of whom have shared with me their results.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Melissa Kimble graduated with her BSW in 1979 and spent several years working in both mental health and the DJJ agencies with youth and families dealing with substance abuse and criminal behaviors. Ms. Kimble then completed her MA in school counseling and has worked as a middle school counselor for 18 years. She is the mother of 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. She loves working with youth and families who need advocacy.

Keyword Descriptors

Culture, Responsive, Reflective, Relativism, Relationships

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-8-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

3-8-2016 5:30 PM

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The Color of My Skin and How It Affects Me

Harborside Center

Specific Objective: To raise our individual consciousness in regards to cultural diversity.

Topics:Current research is explored, students and teacher reaction to racial issues that come up in the school setting. The current racial climate in the US as compared to other nations.

Target audience: Teachers and school staff, Mental Health Staff.