Using cultural competency in today's classroom

(grant sponsored workshops)

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a discretionary grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty elementary, middle and high schools. The grant was awarded to the RI Office of Higher Education and is administered by the College Crusade of Rhode Island.  

The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education (RIOHE) offers a one-graduate credit professional development workshop in cultural competency and its applications in multi-cultural classrooms for educators, counselors, advisors, and other youth-serving professionals from five target communities (i.e., Central Falls, Providence, Pawtucket, Newport, and Woonsocket). The workshop is offered at no cost and was developed in partnership with Rhode Island College and the College Crusade.

The goal of the workshop is to assist urban educators working in high poverty districts to develop the special skills, understanding, and competence necessary to integrate their knowledge of cultural competency into their classrooms. The introductory workshop (Level I) helps educators develop cultural competency to meet the challenges of a changing school culture. Levels II, III*, IV*, and V* will focus on topics that enable educators to further develop and apply their cultural competency knowledge.

Level I participants are required to submit a final project. Participants are required to prepare a Power Point presentation based on a review of literature that discusses the impact of culture, cultural diversity and socioeconomic status on families, teachers, curriculum, teaching strategies, and student achievement. Listed below are links to Power Point presentations that have been created by past workshop participants.

Gina DiMartino - the College Crusade
Meeting Diverse Student Needs in Urban Schools

Michael King - the College Crusade
Successful Inclusive Practices Middle & Secondary Schools

Lauren Plante – William E. Tolman Senior High School
Teaching for Social Justice, Diversity, and Citizenship in a Global World

Frederick Silva - William E. Tolman Senior High School
Academic Disidentification, Race and High School Dropouts

Manuel Papagolos - Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center
Learning Styles-An Overview of Theories, Models and Measures

Paul Stroup - William E. Tolman Senior High School
Youth at the Crossroads

Robert Clark - Goff Jr. High
Urban Education: Challenges in Educating Culturally Diverse Children

Krista Taft - William E. Tolman Senior High School
Latino Households and Schooling

Linda Stanley - Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center
How Bi-Lingual Hispanic Youth Work through Adversity to Become High Achieving Students

Sharlene Rossi - Providence School Department
Presenting a Technical Report Comparing Two Local Schools

Michelle DeSerres - William M. Davies Jr. Career-Technical High School
Cultural Competencies Literature Review

Joanne Sherry - Coleman Elementary School
Cultural Diversity-Hispanic Sound System Affecting Students Literacy in English

Chris Ray - Pawtucket School Department
Cultural Relevance and Computer Assisted Instruction

Dorothy Poirier - The Providence Center School
Evaluating Parent Empowerment: A Look at the Potential of Social Justice Evaluating in Education

Elizabeth Ward - William E. Tolman Senior High School
Meeting Diverse Student Needs in Urban Schools

Erin Mahan - William E. Tolman Senior High School
Power of the Professor: Promoting Teacher Efficiency for Working with Culturally Diverse Students

Heather Cyr - Mount Hope YMCA
A Look at Hispanic Youth and Academic Performance

Debbie Painter - Holy Ghost School
Teacher Beliefs and Student Achievement in Urban Schools Serving African American Students

Natalie Vanegas - Community Prep.
The Social and Economic Realities that Challenge all Schools: Independent, Charter & Regular Public Schools

Jodi Kopecky - Alternatives School
Why Are “Bad Boys” Always Black

Brenda Mallicoat - Woonsocket Middle School
“Race, Class, and Disproportionality Reevaluating the Relationship between Poverty & Special Education Placement”

Melissa Flaherty - YWCA
When Homework is not Home Work: After-school Programs for Homework Assistance

William Foley - William M. Davies Jr. Career-Technical School
The Cultural Plunge: Cultural Immersion as a Means of Self-Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity among Students/Teachers

Marty Sprague - Providence Academy of International Studies
Theoretical Foundations for an Art Education of Global Culture & Principles for Classroom Practice

Kaydi McQuade - Roger Williams Middle School
Stereotype Threat: What is it? & what are its Effects?

Maureen Toth - William E. Tolman Senior High School
Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Education

Christina Mitnik -Central Falls Senior High School
Literacy Development of Latino Children

Michaela Frattarelli - Pawtucket School Department
Student Perceptions of Teacher Ethnic Bias: A Comparison of Mexican American and Non-Latino White Dropouts and Students

Jennifer Sawyer-Chaplin - Joseph Jenks Junior High School
Acknowledging the Language of African American Students: Instructional Strategies

David Sousa - William M. Davies Jr. Career-Technical School
The Impact of Culture on a Child’s Learning

Diane Russell - Central Falls School District
Closing Achievement GAPS

Amanda Rowley - Central Falls Senior High School
Class Readings: Story & Discourse Among Girls in Working-Poor America


*Levels III, IV, and V will be offered in 2008, 2009, and 2010 respectively.

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Last updated February 19, 2007