The Deep Equity Institute is centered around Equity, Cultural Competence, and Social/Emotional Learning and takes place on April 28th and 29th. For more information about the institute please see this flyer, or check the event registration website.
Jon Saphier's session is:
High Expectations Teaching -- Smart is something you can get.*
This session is about how commitment to deep equity shows in daily classroom practice. We assemble a constellation of skills that get our students to believe in themselves, to believe that they have able brains, to believe that effort is the main determinant of their academic success, and to act effectively on these beliefs: thus the subtitle “Smart is Something You Can Get.” If they are behind academically, it is not because there is anything wrong with their brains or that their “ability” is deficient.
For students to accept this message, they need to hear that we believe in their capacity and be surrounded by an environment that sends these messages at every turn:
• What we’re doing is important.
• You can do it.
• And I’m not going to give up on you.
These messages don’t get sent by osmosis, cheerleading, or signage. They get sent through everyday behavior – what a teacher says and does. It is not a matter of personality, but it is a matter of behavior.
* A long-time mantra of Jeff Howard and the Efficacy Institute