by Jo Ann Jones, COEHD | March 20, 2017
The UTSA Omicron Chi chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) education honor society hosted its first regional workshop for more than 40 pre-service teachers from around the state at the UTSA Downtown Campus on Saturday, March 4.
“As an officer of the organization, hosting the workshop was both rewarding and fun,” said Andrea Magana, KDP historian and interdisciplinary studies student. “It was great to have people from Austin Community College, San Marcos, Houston, Killeen, and San Antonio.”
The workshop, “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading,” provided attendees with the training and skills needed to work with students from diverse backgrounds. Several faculty members from the College of Education and Human Development facilitated break out sessions on topics related to cultural diversity during the daylong workshop.
“In the workshop, we talked about prejudice, sexism, feminism, class, and institutional racism,” said Dr. Misty Sailors, professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching and KDP faculty advisor. “We talked about the ways that these areas get played out in society and the ways that pre-service and practicing teachers can disrupt them in their classrooms. Based on the feedback that we heard, there were some big ‘aha’ moments from the attendees.”
The Twig Book Shop also set up a booth at the workshop with culturally diverse books for purchase that coincided with the theme of the workshop. Part of the proceeds from the books sold benefitted the Omicron Chi chapter of KDP.
“We hand picked each of the books that they sold,” said Sailors. “We made sure all of the books were culturally relevant and allowed teachers to use them in culturally responsive ways.”
The KDP officers were inspired to host the workshop after attending the iLead regional workshop at Texas State University last year.
“San Antonio is a diverse area, which is why we chose to host the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading training to host,” said Magana. “We thought it would be beneficial and it links up very well with the interdisciplinary studies classes we take as Interdisciplinary Studies majors. I know that our goal is to eventually make the ‘Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading’ workshop a staple for UTSA’s Omicron Chi Chapter.”
About Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of nearly 40,000 worldwide.
For more information about KDP, contact the faculty advisor or one of the officers at email@example.com or visit https://utsa.collegiatelink.net/organization/kappadeltapi.
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