Knowing Your Students, Part 1: The Danger of a Single Story

Open to: All teachers.

Opportunity at a Glance: Our previous cycle, “Building a Culture for Learning,” explored the foundational elements of an engaged classroom. In this third cycle, “Knowing Your Students” we’ll offer resources to assist teachers with tools to
leverage students’ culture in order to facilitate high learning outcomes.

In this 45-minute professional learning activity, participants will use an excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story,” to reflect on the ways in which we form predetermined narratives (or, “stories”) about one another,
and how these “stories” impact learning and educational equity.

As a reminder, The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning (CIPL) and the Office of Library Services (OLS) provide free access to 70 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) eBook titles. Some titles that connect
to building a culture for learning include:

Check back soon for our next post on how to use student surveys to sustain a strong classroom culture. As always, we’d love to hear about how you’re using these resources and their impact. Please let the Teacher Effectiveness team know.

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For more information: Email the Teacher Effectiveness team.