Enacting a pedagogy of pity is more successful at sending minority students to corrections than to college. While cultural competence training has led to increases in teachers' empathy regarding the education of some of our nation's most vulnerable youth, the conflation of empathy and pity can easily lead to a pedagogy wrought with low expectations. In this interactive workshop, participants will deconstruct the pedagogy of pity within a framework informed by Geneva Gay’s notion of culturally responsive caring (2002). We will then analyze and discuss a series of commonly occurring scenarios in diverse classrooms to articulate actions that both deconstruct the pedagogy of pity and construct a critical pedagogy in its place. This session will not be recorded. Act 48 credit hours are available to educators who complete this workshop.
Intended Audience: All educators of English learners; school and district administrators
Instructor: Andrea Kolb, Statewide Multilingual Education Project Manager, Center for Schools and Communities