An RtI Guide to Improving Performance of African-American Students: What Every Teacher Should Know About Culture and Academic Engagement

An RtI Guide to Improving Performance of African-American Students: What Every Teacher Should Know About Culture and Academic Engagement

by Dwayne Williams

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AN RTI GUIDE examines response-to-intervention (RtI) and problem-solving models in the context of culturally relevant instruction and sheds light on how educators can successfully create models that meet the cultural needs of African-American students. This book details the relationship between culture and academic engagement, a relationship that every teacher must understand to work effectively with children of color. Although educational initiatives speak clearly of the need to integrate instruction and cultural activities, most educators do not know where to start with such practice. The reason is clear: Many educators are unfamiliar with the cultural needs of students of color in general and the cultural needs of African-American students in particular. AN RTI GUIDE addresses these concerns and is the first book on the market that integrates RtI and African-American culture. Important questions to consider surrounding culture and engagement: What effect does culture have on academic engagement? What does academic engagement look like for many African-American students? What steps must I take to begin incorporating cultural characteristics in my classroom? Why is it vital that educators incorporate Afrocentric characteristics at the Tier-I level? This book provides vignettes and examples to assist educators with these important questions.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014609555
Publisher: Tier I Educational Consulting Firm
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 241 KB

About the Author

Dwayne D. Williams is a school psychologist, therapist, and certified life coach. He provides psychological and educational services throughout the Chicagoland area. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (B.A.) from Fairmont State University; he earned a Master’s degree in Psychology (M.A.) and an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S) from Marshall University Graduate College. Dwayne received training in the area of life coaching from Youth and Family Guidance Inc., and received board certified life coaching credentials through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). Dwayne is the founder of Tier I Educational Consulting—a firm that provides urban educational and psychological consultative services to stakeholders including administrators, teachers, community leaders, and parents. Dwayne is a first generation college graduate and is devoted to shedding light on the importance of integrating cultural activities and instruction in the classroom. He was raised in housing projects in Springfield, Il and often speaks on the need to connect with families and community leaders from underrepresented backgrounds. Dwayne is married to Toni Williams, in which they have two beautiful children: Dwayne II and Noni Williams.

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