Paula Johnson

Skills Needed for Teaching in Diverse Classrooms – Podcast Episode 173 | Classnotes Podcast 173

Classnotes Podcast (August 3, 2017) With the quickly-changing dynamics across our communities, teachers often are facing the challenge of incorporating multicultural education without proper preparation. To stay engaged in the learning process, students – like adults – need the school climate and curriculum to reflect their racial and economic backgrounds, languages, religions, funds of knowledge and family structures.

Paula Martin Johnson, M.A., an IDRA education associate, presents three critical areas of professional development that school leaders need to be providing for their teachers to effectively deliver high-quality and inclusive instruction in 21st-century classrooms.

Paula is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate.

Show length: 14:30

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by Paula Johnson, IDRA Newsletter

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Positive School Climates and Diverse Populations
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Fostering Culturally Diverse Learning Environments
by Paula Johnson, IDRA Newsletter

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by Aurelio Montemayor IDRA Newsletter

Dana Center Formative Assessments for Mathematics

Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society: An Educator’s Guide to the “Four Cs,”
National Education Association

Project Implicit
Find out your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation and other topics

Teaching Tolerance 
Tools for educators about diversity, equity and justice

Colorín Colarado 
A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners

Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

How Leaders Can Improve Their Schools’ Cultural Competence
by Chris Lehmann, Edutopia

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Show Notes

  • Paula advocates for “bringing culture into the classroom” and fostering an environment where diversity is seen as an educational benefit rather than a barrier.

  • Paula explains how students of color often feel excluded in the classroom.

  • Paula outlines the “Four Cs” of 21st century learning for empowering students to be successful in the classroom, and in life: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

  • Paula talks about her workshops with teachers where they model “true engagement” with and among students in the classroom.

  • Paula considers how teachers can identify and overcome their own implicit biases toward diverse learners.