Principles of practice can be defined as the underlying values or core beliefs that guide professional practice. While the curricular units and lessons are informed and responsive to accepted academic and professional standards (Educators Rising, Careers and Technical Education, 21st Century, Common Core, and Washington State Teacher Standards) these principles reflect the cultural fabric of the program. Many of these could be mapped to specific lessons, but they are intended to articulate the ethical stance that educators take that inform all of their interactions and practice in the moment.
The following principles of practice emerged in a review of the research on recruiting and supporting teachers from underrepresented backgrounds and in qualitative studies of the longest running, academically successful Recruiting Washington Teachers programs. The question driving the literature review and research was What are the critical elements of programs that are successful in recruiting and supporting students of color to pursue teaching as a profession?
Principals of practice for RWT Curriculum:
- Build positive relationships and community
- Acknowledge challenges students face
- Name and support resiliency traits
- Affirm language and culture as assets
- Support academic language and literacy development
- Cultivate critical reflection
- Identify and close academic gaps
- Recognize resources within individuals and communities
- Cultivate opportunities for success and leadership
- Provide support to navigate institutions
- Build partnerships with families
- Explore education as a career and as social change
- Keep hope alive through action
NOTE: The principles were developed through 6 years of research on Recruiting Washington Teachers Programs, Chu, M, Sampson, M. & Timmons, M. 2015.