The Session Long Project provides you with an opportunity to identify and explore an issue related to cultural diversity and education. You will submit a portion of your paper at the conclusion of each module.

Module 1: Overview of the Issue

Module 2: Impact of the Issue in Educational Settings

Module 3: Current Educational Policy and Practices

Module 4: Recommendations

In this Session Long Project you will discuss “what we know” about your topic. In this part of the SLP, you will conduct a brief literature search of scholarly articles in professional journals. Look in recent issues of professional literature, peer studies and research, and books. You may want to adjust your topic based on the amount of literature on the topic. At this point in the SLP, you will be setting up the background for the next section. Remember that your discussion is based on the literature search and what the literature says about the topic.

Your paper should be 2 – 3 pages.

Locate and reference at least 4 journal articles or textbooks (published within the past 10 years) related to your topic.

Summarize what is known about the topic.

Questions to consider:

  • Do the authors present research on the topic?
  • Do the authors present similar or contradictory findings?
  • Do the authors make any recommendations to address the topic?

Provide an introductory paragraph that explains the topics that will be covered (sometimes it is helpful to write the introduction last).

Provide a concluding paragraph that summarizes what you learned on the topic.

Cite all references using APA format.

Provide a reference list in APA format.

Chapter 1: Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching (p. 1 – 22)
Chapter 2: Taking Stock of Current Classroom Practices (p. 23 – 72)
Chapter 3: The Foundation for Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching (p. 73 – 92)
Saifer, S. (2011). Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching : Classroom to Community and Back. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin.

Part II: Grinding up Hope – Explaining the Development and Persistence of Achievement Gaps (p. 77 – 82)
Murphy, J. (2010). The Educator’s Handbook for Understanding and Closing Achievement Gaps. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin.

Chapter 1: Improving Higher Education Attainment of All Students: A National Imperative (p. 1 – 25)
Chapter 2: Understanding the Relationship between Public Policy and Higher Education Performance (p. 26 – 37)
Perna, L. W., & Finney, J. E. (2014). The Attainment Agenda : State Policy Leadership in Higher Education. Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press