Sociocultural Diversity in Education

Introduction In recent decades, the U.S. student population has become more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, language, and other axes of difference (Pew Research Center, 2014; NCES, 2017). For example, from 2003 to 2013, the proportion of PK-12 students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx rose from 19 to 25 percent, while those who identify as … Continue reading Sociocultural Diversity in Education

Sociocultural Diversity – Discrimination in PK-12 Education

Although numerous laws have been passed to ensure the rights of all students, discrimination remains prevalent within our education system. Here, I provide examples of the types of discrimination that occur in schools and the ways that discriminatory practices impact students’ well-being and outcomes.   Discriminatory Practices Eurocentric Curricula. Despite beliefs about the widespread multicultural … Continue reading Sociocultural Diversity – Discrimination in PK-12 Education

Sociocultural Diversity – An Introduction to Key Terminology

Sociocultural diversity encompasses a wide array of human differences. However, as it would be difficult to address all relevant terminology, I have chosen to highlight seven aspects of sociocultural diversity which are relevant to PK-12 education: culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Culture. Santrock (2018) defines culture as "behavior patterns, beliefs … Continue reading Sociocultural Diversity – An Introduction to Key Terminology

Understanding Microaggressions

Although racism remains ubiquitous in U.S. society, expressions of racism have changed over the last 50-100 years. Once typified by the use of racial epithets, the maintenance of segregationist policies (i.e., Jim Crow), and the routine wielding of force (e.g., lynchings, cross-burnings), racism is often far more subtle--one might even say hidden, clandestine, or inconspicuous. … Continue reading Understanding Microaggressions

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: A Mini-Unit for Teacher Candidates

Like many teacher educators, I have become increasingly concerned about the lack of diversity in the teacher education curriculum at my institution and so many others like it. To address this concern, I decided to not only begin my six-credit-hour methods course with a mini-unit on culturally relevant pedagogy (Ladson-Billings, 1995; 2009), but also  align … Continue reading Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: A Mini-Unit for Teacher Candidates

EQ 102 (b): Why We ALL Need It

In my previous post, EQ 102(a): Why We ALL Need It, I discussed how the skills and competencies associated with emotional intelligence (EQ) can help us challenge our everyday assumptions about others--those pesky little snap judgments. By considering our own patterns (and, indeed, imperfections) and putting ourselves in another person's shoes, we can think and … Continue reading EQ 102 (b): Why We ALL Need It

EQ 101: A Very Brief History

"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."  --Aristotle In recent years, there has been a growing interest in emotional intelligence (also known as EQ), prompting numerous scholars to conduct research and write books and articles on the subject. Through their work, these scholars have defined emotional intelligence and presented models outlining the skills and … Continue reading EQ 101: A Very Brief History

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

"In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels." --Daniel Goleman About a year ago, I was asked to collaborate with university faculty and school personnel (e.g., administrators, principals) on the writing of a grant which aimed to promote the development of emotional intelligence in P-20 students. And … Continue reading The Importance of Emotional Intelligence