Fall 2019 Impact

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5 Foreword is edition of the Impact Journal tackles the challenging topic of cultural responsiveness in the educational arena. It takes on the notion of how we see our students and the impact that vision has on the ways we interact with them in the school setting. Topics that are relevant to today's educator in relation to understanding how culture relates to student performance and connectedness are explored thoroughly. e major thematic focal point is one that demonstrates the reflective and practical nature of understanding cultural responsiveness and implementing practices that allow for deep understanding of students while helping them make strong connections with caring adults. is practice of culturally responsiveness is a habit of mind that all educators need to develop and establish in their teaching and leadership roles. From district level leaders to educational aides all members of the school community need to understand and embrace the self-reflective nature of being culturally responsive. Schools and communities will only continue to become more diverse in all aspects, homogenized school districts also need to be able to teach from multiple perspectives in order to prepare their students for the diverse world that awaits them. In this issue culturally responsiveness is explored from a number of perspectives, and practical ways of understanding and implementing this concept as a reality for educators and a benefit to students is explored thoroughly. Dr. Shawn Robertson is an Associate Professor in the Child Study Department at St. Joseph's College. He is a former middle school and high school English teacher and has served as an Assistant Principal, Principal and Chief Academic Officer. He is a consistent presenter to local, national and international audiences in the areas of pedagogy and technology integration.

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