Keeping it Real and Relevant: Building Authentic Relationships in Diverse Classrooms
Can the assumptions we make of our students halt their learning and success? When our relationships with students are not authentic we see an increase in classroom disruption and a decrease in student learning. Teacher-student relationships should be real and relevant, not based on a series of assumptions. In this presentation participants will learn strategies they can use in their classrooms to build real and relevant relationships with their students. Participants will learn a non-punishment behavior intervention strategy that leverages our relationships with students. Participants will walk away with strategies they can use immediately in their diverse classrooms; they will also walk away with ideas for leading these types of strategy discussions at their school.
Dr. Ignacio Lopez is Interim President at Harold Washington College. He has been a high school English teacher and administrator in the Chicago Public Schools. As a psychologist, Dr. Lopez’s research the last ten years has focused on ways in which schools and students are influenced by Culturally Responsive Teaching and Family-School-Community Engagement. Dr. Lopez is also an elected school board member for Illinois School District #73.