A Class Divided and the Invisible Knapsack Review
Imagine that your principal has come to you and stated that the district is interested in hosting a professional development workshop for educators to help them broaden their cultural competence, improve their family-teacher relationships, and enhance educational experiences for all students. The district is proposing using the materials from “A Class Divided” and “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” for the workshop. Both of these resources are dated, but are often used in schools to introduce faculty to social justice issues that affect educators.
Your principal has asked you to submit a 500-750 word persuasive essay either in support of or against the use of the material in these resources. In your essay, include specific examples that discuss whether the materials could be used to help individuals broaden their cultural competence, build stronger relationships, and create more relevant educational experiences. If you argue that the materials should not be used, offer reputable alternatives for your principal to consider. Be sure to include links and descriptions of the alternative resources.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
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Read Chapters 6 and 8.
Explore the Teaching for Change website.
Read “The Average Child,” by Buscemi, located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign website.
Read pages 28-34 in “For Cultural Competence: Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions Needed to Embrace Diversity,” by Williams, located on the Virginia Department of Education website.
Watch “A Class Divided,” located on the Films on Demand website.
Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” by McIntosh, located on the DeAnza College website.