Student engagement is an important part of an effective and positive classroom. With research we will explore ways to create a more engaged learning environment. Through a progressive democratic curriculum we can create a space where the students interests and opinions are valued and implemented into the course work. Our curriculum seeks to prepare teachers with effective ways to embrace democracy and prepare them to manage and run an effective and fun classroom, where the voice of the student is heard, and students are fully engaged.
A strong implementation of zero-tolerance policy pushes students out of the classroom and into the world of criminal offense. Our curriculum will address these issues by equipping teachers and students alike to promote student voice in the classroom. Through bringing knowledge and creating awareness to race, class, gender, and sexuality, students will be enabled to furthermore act in a political manner for social justice.
The aim of this project is to address the issue of teacher attrition and lack of creativity in the classroom by involving teachers, students and members in the community through art education. The research will include mutually respectful dialogue, multicultural broad participation, flexible art forms that induce creativity, and empathetic interaction that embrace progressive values. This project will boost motivation of teachers and their job satisfaction hence leading to better teacher retention.
Textbook ways of learning have been taught in the classroom for many years, often excluding diverse students and their unique experiences. Through personal experience in the classroom, we have considered the lack of authentic experiences and the diverse cultures and aim to combine these two concepts through the following research. We propose a curriculum that involves creating a collaborative project between two diverse student populated schools to make real connections and learn to appreciate the differences between each other.