Begin With Their Culture
Everything that was shared on today was interesting and refreshing - from theory to practical steps to creating culturally relevant models. We are working to bring Mr. Williams back to conduct culturally relevant response-to-intervention part 2!
Mr. Williams' presentation was extremely enlightening! I really appreciated having terminology such as 'culturally relevant' redefined and then related back to the Rtl process. Although I provide services to students of color, cultural relevance is not something I had given much thought to prior to today's seminar.
It is clear that Mr. Williams is a visionary. He will be a change agent in education.
Mr. Dwayne D. Williams presented an enlightening aspect of Response-to-Intervention that is greatly absent from the intervention process. Our special education team has recommended that Mr. Williams return to our district to train our general education teachers on culturally relevant models, and I highly recommend Mr. Williams as a presenter for school districts seeking to increase academic achievement among culturally diverse students.
I was impressed to hear Mr. Williams speak on Rtl, culturally relevant Rtl, and special education law with such fervor! His knowledge surrounding this work is amazing. He provided concrete examples on culturally relevant instruction and I am hoping I can use him as a resource in the near future.
Dwayne Williams' approach to Rtl training is inclusive. It considers cultural differences as opposed to simply putting students through tiers and focusing on an abstract triangle. His model focuses on using what the student knows to increase engagement in the classroom. This in-service was very engaging and impactful!
What I found most meaningful on today was the subject in which Mr. Williams spoke on improving the performance of our students. I think the topic is something that should be discussed more often with educators and not just special education staff... more with the regular ed staff. I am reading more into this topic for my own personal reason so I will be contacting Mr. Williams for recommendations on books to read.