First Presenter's Institution

Denver Public Schools - Gilliam School

Second Presenter's Institution

Denver Public Schools - Gilliam School

Third Presenter's Institution

Denver Public Schools - Gilliam School

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Meet & Greet Poster Reception (Harborside)

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

This session is connected most with the Head and the Heart strands because the focus is on the experiences of an alternative educational settings implementation of Culturally Responsive Educational practices into our school community. Culturally Responsive Educational practices are centered around issues of equity and cultural diversity and through this session participants will be provided with the knowledge, skills, and lessons learned from our schools’ implementation of these practices.

Brief Program Description

The objective of this session is to ground participants in best practices of Culturally Responsive Teaching and present lessons learned during the implementation of the practices into an alternative educational setting. The target audience of this session is students, teachers, and administrators who are interested in Culturally Responsive Educational practices.

Summary

The primary focus of my presentation will be to share the experience of implementing Culturally Responsive Educational practices into a school community with an emphasis on best practices, lessons learned, and next steps. It is important to note that our school community is a unique educational setting as we are an alternative school that serves youth who are pre-adjudicated in a detention center located in Denver, Colorado. During the 18-19 academic year the Denver Public School district provided a yearlong professional development entitled, the Culturally Responsive Leadership Institute which brought together administrators from across the district to learn best practices and to allow each participating school to create an action plan for implementation. This session will be grounded in my experiences participating in the Culturally Responsive Leadership Institute. During the session I will share the best practices that were learned through my participation as well as how we implemented our action plan into our school community in addition to what we have identified as being our next steps. Participants will be provided with specific actions that they can take with them if they are just starting this work and will be able to hear from other participants about the actions that they are taking within their school communities to become more Culturally Responsive. As stated, this presentation will be explicitly focused on best practices of implementing Culturally Responsive Educational practices into a school community, the lessons that were learned from the implementation of our schools’ action plan, and the next steps that we have identified as we continue to move this work forward.

Evidence

During the development of my presentation I took the time to do some research on teaching adult learners, and I discovered that there are some critical features that must be included in order for there to be strong outcomes. According to Chan (2010), the practice of teaching adult learners is known as andragogy, which is a term that was researched by Malcom Knowles in the 1970’s. Through this research it was determined that the most critical features of andragogy are the active involvement of adult learners as well as the opportunity to apply their learning. Therefore, based upon these features my session will provide participants with an opportunity to actively engage with the content being shared as well as a meaningful opportunity that will allow them to apply the content that has been shared with them.

Chan, S. (2010). Applications of andragogy in multi-disciplined teaching and learning. Journal of adult education, 39(2), 25-35.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Phillip Haberman, M.A.

Interim Principal, Gilliam School.

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as a Science and Special Education Teacher in two unique alternative educational settings. I am currently serving as the Interim Principal at the Gilliam School. We provide educational services to pre-adjudicated youth in a detention center located in Denver, Colorado. I am deeply honored to work with our students and staff, and I am passionate about working diligently to strengthen the educational opportunities that we provide to the youth that we serve.

Keyword Descriptors

Culturally Responsive Education, Alternative Educational Settings

Presentation Year

March 2020

Start Date

3-9-2020 4:45 PM

End Date

3-9-2020 6:00 PM

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Mar 9th, 4:45 PM Mar 9th, 6:00 PM

Implementation of Culturally Responsive Practices in Alternative Educational Settings

Meet & Greet Poster Reception (Harborside)

The objective of this session is to ground participants in best practices of Culturally Responsive Teaching and present lessons learned during the implementation of the practices into an alternative educational setting. The target audience of this session is students, teachers, and administrators who are interested in Culturally Responsive Educational practices.