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1Module Six Diversity Project Natoria ShineMaster of Science in Education, Walden University EDUC 6616: Enhancing Learning for Diverse Populations Dr. Maryann LeonardJune 22, 2020
2The Diversity Project ReflectionA popular quote I can recall from my pre-service teacher experience is, “We must Maslow before we Bloom”. This phrase referenced the importance of students having all of their basic needs met first, in order to be ready to learn.Unfortunately, many classrooms today replicate society where we see hierarchies develop that create “haves” and “have nots,” just as we see people who are considered more and less valuable (Carter, 2019, p. 67). Through this project, I explore opportunities to help diminish the gap of “haves” and “have nots” in our schools to afford all students a quality education. Description of PopulationThe population I have chosen for this project is the low-income and socioeconomically disadvantaged population. In our current school population, 54.2% of the student body is considered to be economically disadvantaged (GADOE, 2019). Due to the economic downturn inthe midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital divide of our student’s population, not only at my school, but throughout my county, was heavily exposed. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey (Moyer, 2020), 1 in 4 low-income teens does not have access to a home computer. Surveys performed in some of the United States’ largest cities, in this case Philadelphia, found that only 41 percent of third through eighth graders in the district, and 51 percent of high schoolers, have internet access (Moyer, 2020). As we prepare for the upcoming school year, my growing concern of continuing remote learning is how we will adequately provide support for those students and their families. Areas of Strength
3Following the completion of the Diversity Proficiencies Survey, two areas of strength I identified were awareness of self, understanding the learner, and the learning environment. Theseareas are strengths for me because I recognize that each student brings their own experiences from outside of the classroom to inside of the classroom. Through the dynamics of my classroomlearning environment, I teach students it is important to understand other point of views as well as to always being well rounded enough to try to understand other people who may look like youbut have a different experience. Allowing students to be co-facilitators in the classroom allows opportunity for them to building interpersonal and communication skills among on another (Maingi, 2017). For me, it also gives me an opportunity to learn more about them that reflects more within my classroom instruction. I have learned more beneficial information about the students I teach just through off-task candid conversations than any folder or seal record ever could.

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