Achievement for African-American Students:
Strategies for the Diverse Classroom

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Achievement for African-American Students: Strategies for the Diverse Classroom by Gary Reglin. (1995) Bloomington ID: Solution Tree Press. 114 pages

Course Description

This course addresses achievement for African-American students by describing the behaviors and interactions with urban African-American students. Planning lessons inclusive of African American culture and interests are presented. Teachers will examine the latest research as it applies to academic achievement among Afro-American students. Educators will learn about improving instruction and academic achievement among all students. They will research the issue and develop writings, lessons or activities for classroom application to help students to become successful in school.

Course Objectives

1. Teachers will develop a framework of knowledge and understanding of the various strategies for improving achievement for African-American students in the classroom and school situations.

2. Educators taking this course will learn about planning lessons inclusive to African- American culture as well as capitalizing on student interests.

3. Teachers will learn about the effective interactions with Urban African American students and develop an awareness of African American gender issues.

4. Educators will examine the involvement of African-American parents in their child's educational experience and ways to improve support for schools.

5. Teachers will examine these complex issues and develop a lesson or unit plan that utilizes strategies or activities in the book and how they can use instructional techniques for improving student achievement and behavior in schools.

Achievement for African-American Students: Strategies for the Diverse Classroom

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. Restructuring Instruction and Behaviors
2. New and Adapted Teaching Strategies for Multicultural Students
3. Effective Interactions with Urban African American Male Students
4. Involving African-American Parents in Their Children's Education
5. Conclusion - Resources - Staff Development - Bibliography

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book, Achievement for African-American Students: Strategies for the Diverse Classroom to your specific classroom context. By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. You may choose to specifically focus your paper on classroom-management strategies from the book that are a change from your typical teaching methodology or practice.

Respond to Questions

1.  What are some of the strategies listed in chapter 1 might you consider implementing
in your classroom?
2.  How could teachers include African-American culture into their lessons or instruction?
3.  What are some of the social, cultural and socio-economic values that may impact student achievement for African American students?
4. Describe some possible ideas from chapter 4 about involving African American parents in their child's educational experience.
5. List several other considerations that may be implemented in schools and classrooms
that could improve educational attainment for African-American students.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings
2. Chapter reviews
3. Research article review
4. Final application essay
5. project or activity (APA or MA writing style format)

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Achievement for African-American Students: Strategies for the Diverse Classroom

$395

3 Credits

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Email * (please provide personal email - school district emails often fail or get blocked)
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