Term

Fall 2017

Capstone

Capstone Project

Degree Name

MAESL

Facilitator(s)

Patty Born Selly

Content Expert

Brandice Kelzenberg

Abstract

The purpose of this research Capstone and project was to examine the “achievement gap” between students of color, including EL students, and their white counterparts. By examining the trends found in student achievement, the legislation around accountability and the assessments used to determine proficiency, the “achievement gap” is prevalent across the country and in Minnesota. In an effort to find new solutions to closing this “achievement gap”, culturally and racially relevant curriculum and teaching are being utilized across the field of education. The project portion of the Capstone utilizes “Backwards By Design” to create a curriculum kit that is culturally and racially relevant. This culturally and racially relevant curriculum kit includes: an overall scope and sequence across content areas, assessments, lesson plans and supplemental teaching materials. These supplemental materials include: visual posters, panel books, vocabulary cards and sentence frames. By providing students with mirrors within the curriculum and by integrating their cultural and racial experiences into the curriculum students are more apt to be more engaged and invented in learning and in turn have greater achievement and success in the educational system.

Project Type

Curriculum

Keywords

ESL/ ELLs

Included in

Education Commons

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