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Book Study, Belonging Through A Culture of Dignity, The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation

Book Study, Belonging Through A Culture of Dignity, The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation

This is one of the best equity books you will read!

Do you believe that schools should create environments where children and staff members feel safe, welcome and included? In the past, many schools have focused on achievement before creating positive and healthy school cultures. This book points out the importance of prioritizing school culture with the confidence that achievement and many other great things will follow. The authors do an excellent job of identifying the barriers to successful equity implementation and give specific and important strategies for creating school environments where belonging and dignity are what matters most.

Graduate Credits/Clock Hours: 3 Quarter Graduate Credits offered through Seattle Pacific University or 30 Clock Hours offered.
(Graduate credits will be available soon!)

WA State educators have the option of earning 30 clock hours offered through ESD 112.

Texas Education Agency Approved CPE provider.

Required Reading: Belonging Through A Culture of Dignity, The Keys to  Successful Equity Implementation, by Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple

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1) Purchase and read Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity, The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation, by Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple

   You can find this book at amazon.com or your favorite bookstore. 

2) Write complete answers to all of the questions on the Book Study Handout. The handout is provided to you after registration is completed.

3) Choose either Reflection paper option #1 or Reflection paper option #2 and write a 2-3 page paper.

Option #1 - Look at Figure 4.2 on page 70 of the text and become familiar with the definitions of each of the four diverse environments. Then, write a 2-3 page paper describing where you see each of the four diverse environments reflected in your educational setting. What insights and questions are beginning to emerge? (This is from chapter 4 on page 70 and pertains to questions 35-43).

Option #2 - Look at Table 8.2 on page 184 of the text and consider the extent to which you feel a sense of belonging in your educational setting. Then, answer the 18 questions on the Psychological Sense of School Membership Scale found on page 185 and score your results, using Table 8.3 on page 186 (You do not need to turn this in). Then, write a 2-3 page paper focused on the following:

What conclusions can you draw based on the results of this instrument? Is this a scale we can use systemwide and if so, what are next steps? Whom on your staff (no names) might be most vulnerable to stereotype threat and belonging uncertainty? How can we work with intentionality to nurture a sense of belonging for all students? As an educational profession, what do you believe we need to continue doing? What do we need to stop? What do we need to start?
Turn in the 2-3 page paper.

All 3 assignments must be completed within 1 year. Upload completed handout and paper to your Dashboard on the website or email all completed assignments and paperwork to lorie@teacherstudy.org.

SPU NOTE: Please be sure to register prior to completing any coursework. Registering for a course after coursework has been started violates accreditation standards and puts the University at risk; therefore, SPU reserves the right to not award credit if students are found to be in violation of this policy.

1) All (3) assignments must be completed within (1) year. Upload your documents to your Teacher Study Dashboard or Email all completed assignments and paperwork to lorie@teacherstudy.org.

2) The rubric for the Book Study Handout is broken down into (4) goal areas. 

The first goal area pertains to questions #1-20 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The second goal area pertains to questions #21-48 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The third goal area pertains to questions #49-57 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The fourth goal area pertains to questions #58-60 on the handout. You will simply need to answer these questions and earn a “1”, “2”, “3”, or “4” according to the rubric.

The maximum number of combined points that can be earned is 20 (4 points on each of the 4 goal areas for the answers to the questions on the handout and 4 points for the reflection paper). 

3) The rubric for the Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity Reflection Paper explains how to earn a “1”, “2”, “3” or “4”.

“A” grade = 20 points
“B” grade = 18-19 points
“C” grade = 16-17 points
“D” grade = 14-15 points
“F” grade = 13 points or less

A “NC” (no credit) grade will be given if all (3) assignments are not completed within (1) year. 

Earn 3 graduate level quarter credits offered through Seattle Pacific University, an accredited university. Additional $180 fee, payable to SPU. You must register with SPU* first to earn graduate credit.
*SPU graduate credits will be available soon! 

Students also have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours. Other known terms include, but are not limited to, Professional Development Hours, Professional Development Points, Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Units or your school district's equivalent language for clock hours earned.

A Certificate of Completion will be provided once coursework is reviewed and graded.

Note: WA State Educators have the option of earning 30 Clock Hours offered through ESD 112.  Educator is responsible for the $3 per clock hour fee. ESD clock hour claim code will be forwarded to you once the course is completed.

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