Culture Walks - Changing Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Urban Communities
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Culture Walks connect a large, public teacher preparation program with urban community and PK-12 partners to provide an experience intended to dispel urban school stereotypes commonly held by pre-service teachers. Funded by a small local grant and scheduled immediately prior to a 40 hour practicum in an urban school, Culture Walks annually bring over 250 pre-service teachers and program faculty members into urban neighborhoods. After listening to community leaders, meeting with school personnel, visiting local business and service agencies, and eating lunch catered by a neighborhood restaurant, pre-service teachers have an increased capacity to understand the urban education landscape.
Schaffer, Connie, "Culture Walks - Changing Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Urban Communities" (2014). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 70.