When it comes to assisting learners in their academic, social, and emotional growth, Desha L. Williams, embraces the African proverb, "it takes a village". A learner’s community, including family, friends, teachers, administrators, coaches, and even the nice lady walking down the street, influences this growth. She believes that equitable and culturally sustaining practices recognize individuals' knowledge, culture, talents, and skills. These practices will impact change in tremendous ways for a learner. Furthermore, Desha strives to create an inclusive environment that will allow learners to thrive in a space of collaboration and critical discourse. As a servant leader, Dr. Williams’ teaching philosophy is based on the tenets of care, growth mindset, and cultural sustaining pedagogies. Desha serves as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Professor of Mathematics Education at Georgia College and State University. At Georgia College, Dr. Williams teaches secondary mathematics pedagogy courses and leads a department that supports 11 graduate and undergraduate programs. She work very hard to ensure her schedule allows time for her to leave campus to engage with students across the state. Desha encourages them to pursue post-secondary education, while strongly emphasizing a career in education. Her research has included the preparation of teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse populations and examining culturally dispositions. Currently, her research agenda includes mentoring of faculty and underrepresented students, as well as, teacher preparation through online instruction.
Oct 13, 2020 07:09 PM EDT
Impacting Learning for Black and Latinx Youth through Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies
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