Spring 2018


Capstone Project

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Dr. Michael Reynolds


This Capstone Research Project: What are the ways do K-12 public school systems and teacher training programs contribute to the exploitation of black educators; what political, cultural and economic ends does this serve? How does the current treatment and deployment of black educators hamper rather than further black educational progress, is the first step into examining the K-12 teacher training programs in Minnesota and across the United States. I allege that University-based teacher training programs and school districts are in need of a reset for their rejection and racist extortion of the black educator that tends to center and reify continued educational debts that la bare to continued education failures for black boys and girls and students of color in K-12 school systems. We must also be aware of historical assumptions about black male educators created inside of teacher education training programs that surreptitiously obstruct not only the voice of the black body, but also rely too much on cookiecutter administrative-supported curricula that resists change in cultural relevancy, collaboration, program self-reflection and community engagement. Since January 2018, this researcher has reflected on this project looking into dark rooms that did not want any lights turned on. I could see both the good and bad reasons for the rejection of one’s culture, but we don't understand the critical motives, but always have to question them. Teacher training programs are in the dark, there's zero prospect that some kind of equal opportunity will occur anytime soon, but, the enrichment inside of differences is rarely deciphered for the benefit of new teachers and more frequently turned away. This research project and future writings will start to address some of the challenges that lay bare a system that hemorrhages institutional racism and cultural misunderstandings.

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Leadership, Multicultural Education, Social Justice








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