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In-Service Encourages Equitable Classrooms for All Students by Cynthia Mendoza

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achievable by everyone,” he said. As part of the training, the terms equality and equity were also clearly differentiated and defined. As it pertains to education, equality means that every student may have access to the same opportunities, but equity means that resources and approaches are tailored to each student’s specific needs and circumstances and that there is no “one size fits all” approach. They are essentially defined as the difference between same and fair. According to Don Dudley, conference superintendent, in-service feedback has been positive. He added that some schools have already been addressing some of the information and ideas they learned in their faculty meetings. “We really wanted to challenge teachers to think about how they engage with students and their grading practices,” he said. “I’ve received really positive comments about how in-service helped raise the level of awareness.”

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n Monday, April 29, educators does having a culturally responsive from Southeastern California classroom promote engagement? Conference K-12 schools Another area covered was grading came together at the Loma Linda practices, including the impact of Korean church in Redlands for a day of personal beliefs and the role of learning and professional growth. “unconscious bias,” which can affect The theme for this year’s in-service how a teacher grades student work was “Embracing and Appreciating even if the teacher is not consciously or Diversity and Equity In Our Schools,” willfully doing so. which was meant to equally challenge According to speakers at the and encourage teachers and in-service event, when it comes administrators in their work—both to grading practices, factors such hands-on in the classroom and as they as access to adequate homework develop policy—to better engage assistance at home or to a computer with and improve outcomes for all should be taken into consideration students. when evaluating a student’s “As educators we never stop performance. learning, and we look for ways to Steve McLain, a science teacher improve ourselves so we can better at La Sierra Academy, said that the serve our students and families,” said in-service was one of the best he had Elizabeth Muñoz Beard, principal at attended. Orangewood Academy. “Equity and He also shared one principle that he diversity are subjects we should have implements in his classroom to ensure been talking about a long time ago. As equity: he keeps students informed Seventh-day Adventist Christians we about everything he is working on. embrace cultural diversity, but it is still “I make sure that students know an area we need to grow in.” what I’m doing, so that there are Educators were encouraged to not no surprises later and the work is merely tolerate differences but (Right) Part of teacher in-service on April 29 to honor diversity. included engaging in one-on-one activities to Some of the questions that encourage conversation and learning from each other. (Below) Nearly 300 teachers, principals, educators were encouraged and administrators from Southeastern California to ask themselves were: How Conference schools attended an in-service training can teachers create lessons that focused on diversity and creating equitable that engage all learners? How practices that engage all students.

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Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...

Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...