Ana Berdecia, the Program Director of the NJ Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Summer Institute and Mentoring Program will discuss how they prepare the teachers and mentors in a 9 month program to learn how to customize cultural understanding of the children in their classroom and then design curriculum to address children’s cultural and linguistic needs.
Her model starts with training in first-and-second language acquisition, cultural competency, and strategies for working with English Language Learners through an introspective opportunity to be intentional about how teachers’ thinking and practices impact child development.
She will share her goals and strategies to help mentors understand their role as action researchers and how the data collection system assures the reliability of the program outcomes that are supported by evidence-based practices.
She will share how mentors include and incorporate The Change Scale, developed by the The Children's Institute, which measures teacher's disposition to change, how to best facilitate change and how they progressively assess progress overtime.
In addition, she will share lessons learned in preparing and supporting the Mentors to be "agents of change" and affect measurable change and improvement of the practices of classroom teams they coach.
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