Cultural Diversity Professional Development for Teachers

Cultural Diversity Professional Development for Teachers

In December of 2016, the MERC Policy and Planning Council supported the establishment of a study team to begin the work of developing ideas for research related to Cultural Diversity Professional Development across the Richmond metropolitan area. The purpose of this study is to understand cultural diversity within our schools and to explore professional development that will equip educators with tools to help them engage with students from various backgrounds. The specific direction of this study will begin to further develop in the coming weeks through discussions with the study team.

Research Team
Julie Gorlewski – Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Teaching and Learning, VCU
Hillary Parkhouse– Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Teaching and Learning, VCU
Jesse Senechal – Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Foundations of Education, MERC, VCU
Ashlee Lester – Graduate Research Assistant, MERC, VCU

Study Team
Cara Jean O’Neal – School Psychologist, Henrico County Public Schools
Jaime Stacy – Associate Principal, John Rolfe Middle, Henrico County Public Schools
Tameshia Grimes – Assistant Director of Student Support Services, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Akeda Pearson-Stenbar – Coordinator of Professional Development, Richmond Public Schools
Amie Potter – Assistant Principal, Goochland County Public Schools
Amy Thompson – Head of Professional Development, Hanover County Public Schools
Brian Maltby – Assistant Principal, Chickahominy Middle, Hanover County Public Schools
Emily Garcia – School Counselor, Lee Davis High School, Hanover County Public Schools
Jake Reynolds – Instructional Specialist / Math Coach, Colonial Heights Public Schools
Jennifer Rucker – Principal, Goochland Middle, Goochland County Public Schools
Joshua Cole – Principal, Ecoff Elementary, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Laura Faulcon – Assistant Principal, James River High, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Lynn Clayton-Prince – Co-Principal, Pocahontas Middle: Powhatan Public Schools
Matthew Mason – Assistant Principal, Goochland High, Goochland County Public Schools
Rachel Wilborn– Assistant Principal, Goochland High, Goochland County Public Schools
Travis Ridley – Principal, North Elementary, Colonial Heights Public Schools
Mike Massa – Principal, Powhatan High, Powhatan Public Schools

Read the research brief.

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