Through interviews with the principal, teachers, and parents, the researcher describes how teacher training and implementation of culturally responsive education (CRE) has influenced the climate in a Title I school. Educators teaching in schools that serve racially diverse students from low socio-economic communities face challenges that lead to low teacher morale, high discipline, and low student achievement. The problem is that these indicators often result in a negative school climate. CRE training provides teachers with knowledge and skills to help teachers better connect with and teach racially diverse students. In addition to the interviews, another point of data collection included the review of seven years of suspension rates and discipline referrals for Black and Latino children at the selected Title I school to determine if there was a decline following the training and implementation of CRE practices. Principals are key to leading change in their schools. Schools that fall in the Title I category present unique and significant challenges for improvement. Research shows that schools with a positive climate reflect low rates of discipline, higher student learning, strong relationships among staff and students, and higher teacher morale. The narrative data tables presented in this study indicate improvements in the overall school climate with emerging themes in relationship, culturally responsive education, school climate, and decreased discipline. There was more than a 30% decline in suspensions and more than a 25% decline in office referrals for Black and Latino students at the selected Title I school.
|Commitee:||Helmon, Tera, Smith, Mary|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Multicultural Education, Elementary education, Teacher education|
|Keywords:||Black students, Culturally responsive, Equity, Latino students, School climate, Title 1|
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