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Identity-focused classes: Experiments in cultural relevance

Identity-focused classes: Experiments in cultural relevance

Update: 2020-09-30
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We speak with Dr. Emily Penner, who studied the impacts of two programs in which students delved into their respective races, ethnicities, and communities. San Francisco’s was designed for academically-struggling students of a range of ethnicities. Oakland’s was designed for young Black men across academic achievement levels, as part of the district’s  “targeted universalism” approach. The results, in both cases, were dramatic. 







Overview






00:00-00:30 Intros


00:30-01:32 San Francisco ethnic studies curriculum


01:32-03:01 Student selection


03:01-03:41 Students’ ethnicities and classrooms’ composition


03:41-04:19 Student voice and reflection


04:19-05:02 “Critical pedagogy”


05:02-12:40 Effects on student attendance and achievement


12:40-15:11 Teachers exercising their professional judgment


15:11-15:18 Professional development


15:18-18:01 Differentiating between impact of “great teachers” and the curriculum


18:01-19:49 “High fidelity context”


19:49-23:48 Oakland’s African American Male Achievement program


23:48-25:27 Targeted Universalism & working with a range of  groups of students


25:27-28:57 Outcomes and effects


28:57-29:21 Spillover effect on young Black women


29:21-30:24 Avoiding deficient orientation


30:24-31:42 Relationship to My Brother’s Keeper


31:42-35:19 Developments in ethnic studies in California


35:19-37:15 Qualitative resources about Oakland program


37:15-38:45 Outro






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Credits


Photo by JD Doyle


Soundtrack by Podington Bear













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Identity-focused classes: Experiments in cultural relevance

Identity-focused classes: Experiments in cultural relevance

Jon Moscow