Country Oaks Elementary School Opportunities

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Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities at Country Oaks Elementary School Diana Raulerson Western Governors University A. Introduction of Country Oaks Elementary School Country Oaks Elementary School (COES) is a school of unique environment. It is located in rural southwest Florida. The faculty maintains a safe and parent-friendly environment for all students within in the school. The educators strive to follow a state-based curriculum, committing themselves to a whole child approach in support of each child reaching his or her highest potential. COES has 791 students enrolled (VPK-5). Most children enrolled come from low to middle-income homes, homes where one or both parents have not had a college education. However, in recent years…show more content…
A common stereotype is that the poor, uneducated parent isn’t going to be involved with their child’s progress and school activities. This is based on the assumption that these families are uneducated, and therefore will not be interested in their child’s education. However, other factors are not thought of. Some of these immigrant families cannot participate in PTO meetings because they are working long hours in our agriculture fields, getting home late and having to still help with homework, cook dinner and get their children to bed. These families do not work a typical 9-5, this does not mean that they are not involved with their children’s school. They do what they can, when they can. Or they may only have one vehicle between two parents, and job schedules conflict. Just because they aren’t at every event, don’t rule them out based on negative assumptions. These assumptions lead to lower academic expectations of these students and an overlook of what these families bring to the classroom and the…show more content…
It gives leaders keys to breaking communication barriers. It explains that an effective communication strategy must begin with the understanding that the sender of the message and the receiver of the message sometimes come from different cultural backgrounds. The article pinpoints these key points, Developing Awareness of Individual Cultures, Demanding Tolerance, Keeping it Simple, and Asking for Help if You Need it. Even though this article is geared toward a company, administration could give their educators these same points when working with diversity within the school. Culturally Competent Consultation in Schools focuses on consultation between school personnel and parents. It explains how imperative it is for school psychologists and other personnel to become actively engaged in in culturally competent practices. It continues to explain that all school personnel should continue to examine and increase their cultural competence so that their efforts meet the needs of every student. The article also has links to personal assessments so educators can heighten their awareness and sensitivity to the importance of cultural
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