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Inspiration: Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)
I committed to my research on Teacher-Student Relationship (TSR) building because we are only at the surface level of implementing Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) at my school. Much of this is due to the interruption caused by the pandemic and time constraints. Still, our teachers have yet to have the time to reflect on the merits of CRT or how to incorporate it beyond the surface level into their practice and curriculum. I’m not sure we are in the post-phase of COVID, but we need to recalibrate or redesign our professional development (PD) and training plans to continue the work we started on CRT pre-pandemic. TSRs are the cornerstone of CRT, but no current methods or professional development provides a step-by-step manual on how to build TSRs authentically.
My action research evolved through my involvement in exploring implementing an advisory program at our school. There are many benefits to an advisory program, but my primary focus was that advisory programs give teachers the time and capacity to build strong, authentic relationships with their students. The advent of the Along digital reflective tool provided me with the means and the process to help our teachers build better connections with their students, especially, struggling students in jeopardy of not graduating. My research focused on piloting the Along program through my school’s established mentoring program to see if the program could enhance mentor-mentee relationships and improve academically ineligible student achievement.