Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Singles Forums Chat
Home > Blogs > Post Content

HOW ED TRUST SHARES WHY REPRESENTATION MATTERS TO TEACHERS! (607 hits)



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM ED TRUST:

Why I Teach Where I Teach: Representation Matters
by Ashley McCall

This post is a part of an ongoing series, called “Why I Teach Where I Teach,” which asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re in. They share important stories and experiences that should remind us all of the power of strong school leadership, a network of supportive colleagues, and the genuine opportunity to have a say in schoolwide decisions. Listen up! They’re teaching us.

Ashley McCall is a third-grade bilingual teacher at César E. Chávez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago, Illinois, and a Teach Plus–Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. The student body at Chavez is predominantly Latino (95.5 percent) and low-income (99.2 percent). Almost half (47.3 percent) of students have limited English. Ashley has taught in both public and charter settings and this is her fifth year in the classroom.

The phrase “broken education system” misremembers the fact that the American education system was first structured around the exclusion and disenfranchisement of women and people of color and subsequent distortion of history — which logically produces inequitable outcomes.

I graduated from a top Ohio high school with a beautiful campus and an abundance of student opportunities. At the time, the population of Black students was about 3 percent and the Latino population was even smaller. My school was a protected, well-resourced haven of suburbia and yet, I think it failed its students of color and low-income students immeasurably: We did not see ourselves diversely represented in the curricula, teachers, or administration. Our attempts to engage our peers around issues of race and class went unsupported.

My commitment to teaching is explicitly a commitment to social justice, racial justice, and teaching truth to power. I teach where I teach because students of color deserve to be validated and celebrated. I’ve taught in three different neighborhoods, each with their own demographics, economic challenges, and cultural distinctiveness. Each neighborhood is also home to creative young minds eager to make their mark on the world. Every day in the classroom is an opportunity for acknowledgement, affirmation, and evolution.

I teach where I teach because a good teacher, a strong school year, and a memorable interaction can affect the hope in a child’s heart and the trajectory of child’s life. My students are equally as capable and worthy as a child in any other neighborhood, and I teach to prove it.

Please enjoy more Blog from Ed Trust HERE!: https://edtrust
Posted By: agnes levine
Tuesday, May 16th 2017 at 3:50PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN ARCHDIOCESE OF ATLANTA, GA CATHECISM CONFERENCE 2018!!
HOW ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH FUNDING AT NIH GETS IMPORTANT BOOST!
HOW TO HAVE A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK!
HOW AARP AND AARP FOUNDATION FILED AMICUS IN SUPPORT OF ACA!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZING FOR AMERICA 2018!
HOW LOPnewsmag VII REPORTS ON CONNECTS CIVIC INNOVATORS, AMERICAN PROMISE TOUR, ED TRUST ACTION ALERT......
HOW USDE ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE TO ASSIST STATE EDUCATION POLICY MAKERS ACCESS ESSA RESOURCES!
HOW THE TROOPING THE COLOR PARADE AND QUEEN ELIZABETH II'S BIRTHDAY 'TROOPED THE COLOR!'
Forward This Blog Entry!
Blogs Home

(Advertise Here)
Who's Online
>> more | invite 
Black America Resources
100 Black Men of America
www.100blackmen.org

Black America's Political Action Committee (BAMPAC)
www.bampac.org

Black America Study
www.blackamericastudy.com

Black America Web
www.blackamericaweb.com

CNN Black In America Special
www.cnn.com/blackinamerica

NUL State of Black America Report
www.nul.org

Most Popular Bloggers
deacon ron gray has logged 394716 blog subscribers!
tanisha laverne grant has logged 43456 blog subscribers!
elynor moss has logged 36557 blog subscribers!
gregory boulware, esq. has logged 26082 blog subscribers!
agnes levine has logged 17000 blog subscribers!
>> more | add 
Latest Jobs
Unit Director- Group Supervisor with Minnesota Department of Human Services in St. Peter, MN.
Geek Squad Consultation Agent with Best Buy in Torrance, CA.
Inventory Specialist with Best Buy in Anchorage, AK.
Inventory Specialist with Best Buy in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Best Buy Apple Computing Master with Best Buy in Harvey, LA.
>> more | add