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April 2010

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American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA)


Culturally Responsive Schooling, Professional Development


This was an evaluation study of C.A.R.E., National Education Association's Culture, Abilities, Resilience and Effort (C.A.R.E.): Strategies for Closing Achievement Gaps. The training is based on culturally relevant pedagogy and on the Center for Research on Educational Diversity and Excellence standards. The research questions for the study were: 1.Did the training lead to changes in instructional practices? 2.Were the tools and materials provided by the C.A.R.E. guide used? 3.Did the strategies lead to changes in student behavior and school practices Participants (n-275) completed an on-line survey and/or a telephone interview. Two-thirds (66%) of the participants noticed improvements in student achievement, motivation, and interest in learning.. Eighty-three percent (83%) reported improved test scores, increased students' self-confidence.


Paper presented as part of session: Investigating Cultural Competence and Relevance in Teaching and Teacher Education.
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