Title

Culture Walks - Changing Pre-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Urban Communities

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-18-2014

Journal Title

AASCU Innovations Exchange

Abstract

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.