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How and what is needed to educate children in urban schools

Posted By: Mary Johnson on November 2, 2012
Thia is why we pilot this Pre-service Teachers' Model at Pepperdine Universary,The Urban Parent Teacher Education Collaborative (UPTEC) is a pioneering model for others universities. By creating a space for a university professor and a grass-roots parent organizer to team-teach a class for pre-service teachers, institutions in California like Pepperdine University are beginning to recognize parents as experts in the area of how and what is needed to educate children in urban schools. The UPTEC allows future teachers to have contact with urban parents before they come into our school communities. In workshops, pre-service teachers are given strategies for interacting with parents in order to learn how to build a working relationship with them. PUT members and teachers, for example, practice role reversals that allow both teachers and parents to acquire a better understanding and respect for the importance of each other’s roles.
The UPTEC model of teacher education seeks to build a clinical laboratory for prospective teacher to acquire skills in working with parent communities. The desired attributes include:
• Increase and sustain teacher’s knowledge, skills and positive attitudes toward families through their participation in a community-dialogue forum with urban parents.
• Beyond classroom-based teaching methods that offer teachers direct field experiences working with families.
• Develop effective practices that prepare teachers to work with families and communities in culturally appropriate ways.
• Establish a context for teachers to learn about the sociocultural dimensions of urban communities.
• Increase working relationships between novice-residence teachers with families and students that break down perceptions of stereotypes and improve student achievement.

Mary Johnson,
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 How and what is needed to educate children in urban schools by Mary Johnson on November 2, 2012
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