Capstone Project Title
The guiding question addressed in this project was how can professional development help support literacy development of elementary Black males in a western suburban school district? This project was intended to provide going professional development for educators addressing the Black male literacy gap. The achievement gap amongst Black and White students has been well documented by many in the world of education. Data also shows that there is a gap between Black male and White male students in our American classrooms. Four-two hour sessions were created for this professional development.The first session is to explain what the literacy gap is, analyze data, and give educators a snapshot of what is happening with Black males. The second session is geared to provide strategies in the classroom when teaching these young men. In the third session, educators will be given the opportunity to use their current curriculum and change or add on to lessons with strategies tailored for Black male learners. The last session involves self-reflection, which will allow teachers to think critically about their beliefs and practices, as well as getting in touch with oneself. These opportunities could give educators tools needed to help Black males achieve success in the classroom
Literacy, Social Justice, Staff Development, Teachers/ Teaching
Jones, Keenan, "Black Males And The Literacy Gap: How Can Professional Development Help Support Literacy Development Of Elementary Black Males In A Western Suburban School District?" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 317.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects