Positive Academic Identities

 

Students perceive themselves and members of their own identity groups as intellectually capable and able to achieve at very high levels. They connect their own knowledge and sense of purpose with challenging academic skills and concepts. They are able to use tools of inquiry to ask questions, develop informed opinions, and co-construct knowledge with peers and adults, and they communicate knowledge clearly, using multiple forms of communication. Students use these academic skills to develop social justice in their schools and communities.

Evidence shows that students of color and English language learners (including those from poverty backgrounds) can learn to perceive themselves and members of their own racial/ethnic background as intellectually capable and able to achieve at very high levels, when teachers hold high expectations of them, build supportive family-like relationships with them, connect the curriculum to what they know outside school, and use active teaching strategies that are personalized to fit the students. 

  • What this looks like in Pang Xiong's third grade classroom

Evidence shows that students of color can learn to connect their own knowledge and sense of purpose with challenging academic skills and concepts when the curriculum and pedagogy explicitly build on their experiences and cultural frames of references from their lives outside school.

  • How elementary school teacher Marisol Moreno does this

Evidence shows that students of color can learn to use tools of inquiry to ask questions, develop informed opinions, co-construct knowledge with others, communicate knowledge clearly using multiple forms of communication, and use academic skills to develop social justice consciousness action in their schools and communities when curriculum and pedagogy are explicitly designed to teach these skills in relationship to what students already know and care about.

 
  Positive social identities
    Respectful engagement with diverse people
    Social justice consciousness
    Social justice action