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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

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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