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Diversity Project Holley Stejskal Walden University Dr. Fannie Haughton Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations- EDUC 6616j April 22, 2019
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2 Section One (Reflection) What is diversity? According to Merriam-Webster, diversity is the condition of having or being composed of differing elements (n.d.). In reviewing and reflecting on the definition, I thought about how diverse the world is and how does diversity affect the way individuals interact with each other. Also, how are groups within the community identified diversely? When looking at the diversity within the community in which I live, it is made up of mostly a population of Caucasians, African Americans, and Asians. Being an educator has taught me the importance of reviewing my overall audience, as well as take a more in-depth look at the diverse population of the community in which I live and work. The more knowledgeable and empathetic I display towards every student, the better I will be able to instruct as well as support their education, academic growth, and success. I chose the underserved population identified as the poor academically challenged students who are performing behind grade level expectations in grades 3-5 at Springdale Elementary School. This subgroup of students includes diversity in socio-economic status, gender (male and females), different age (students from different grade levels), and academically challenged. “Teaching in ways responsive to cultures of students is vital in enhancing the equity for achievement while putting education policies into practice” (Averril, Anderson, and Drake, 2015). From analyzing my school's demographic data, many students start kindergarten below academic level and go through elementary school below or behind their peers. Walden University Diversity Proficiencies are composed of attitudes reflecting educational beliefs. Teachers who are knowledgeable about Diversity Proficiencies can reflect on their performance as a highly qualified teacher. Educators are required to display Awareness
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3 of self, an understanding of learners, the ability to create a conducive learning environment to meet the needs of all students, the ability to plan, instruct and assess academic group, work collaboratively with others, and promote social change. In reflecting on the diversity proficiencies survey, I showed strength in the areas of professional practice, understanding each learner and creating a learning environment supporting the diverse needs of learners. My identified areas of improvement include planning, instruction, assessment, and professional practice. My proficiency strengths will allow me to meet the needs of students who are struggling academically. I feel my gift to be able to understand the different types of learners will assist me in meeting the academic needs of poorly academic performing students. I am a firm believer in all students are capable of learning as well as contribute to the learning process in their unique way.
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