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Knowing and understanding others

As a student, Corwin had lived in the district that she now serves as superintendent. She felt that she knew the community well since she lived there previously. She had moved away for work but when she became superintendent, she felt it was important to move back and live in the community. When Delia was interviewing for her position, all of the search committee members mentioned a common concern. One-third of the district’s population was Korean and the question loomed as to whether the district was doing all they should to welcome and include this group into the school community. Korean parents were not attending parent teacher conferences, school functions, and other school events. Delia knew if she was hired, the first thing she needed to do was make sure that the Korean population became more engaged. For Delia, “part of it was learning more about the culture.” She began to ask the three Korean members on staff: “How can I approach the Korean community in order to have them engaged in this process?” Three years ago she set up a meeting to meet parents. “And because I was advised by these [Korean] teachers that many of our Korean families’ adult parents still feel intimidated coming into the building, we had it [the initial meeting]at the Korean American School, on a Saturday.” Tina had the same kinds of concerns about knowing and understanding others in her district’s community. Tina said that Latino parents trusted schools to take care of their children but may not feel totally welcome in schools. She encouraged her mostly White staff, teachers, school secretaries, and school aides to recognize and own their biases against those who are culturally and linguistically different from them. Because of these tensions, Tina said that Latino parents were not as involved in the district’s schools as she would like them to be. She put it this way:

[They believe that] it’s the schools’ job to take care of the student and the child. [They might say]we won’t interfere; we won’t be judgmental. And so trying to turn that around to say, oh, no, no, no – be involved, ask questions, and don’t let the school just take it upon themselves to raise your children.

Carmen’s community issues were very different. Working in an affluent community consisting of a many Jewish American families, Carmen knew that community members’ traditions were “steeped in values” that she was not familiar with. She made an effort to get to know families on a personal basis so they would trust her with decision-making that would include all community members.

Leading a large high school district that encompasses all or part of 13 different communities is a challenge for Karen when trying to know and understand her community members. Karen talked about how the different communities share the same values.

So the beauty of it is that you have communities of great diversity and I think that’s the richness of what we have and it also creates challenges because of the misunderstanding of how different cultures or different communities work. If this was a school district of one community, it would be different. But it’s a community school district of all or part of 13 other communities. So the challenge is trying to respect and blend the diversity of the communities. But the values don’t change that much. It is still church; it’s still family and still community.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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