NAPE believes that to change the life of a student, one must first ensure that each youth or adult learners’ culture and experiences are understood and valued by the educator.
The NAPE Education Foundation has developed Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™—a high-quality, research-based, educator professional development program to address gender- and culturally based implicit biases that occur in the classroom and that are manifested through “micromessages.” This unique program provides participants with an awareness of the power of micromessages, which include looks, gestures, tone of voice, or the framing of feedback that subtly yet powerfully shape our culture, our classrooms, and the individuals within them.
- The curriculum and delivery method provide the rich content and pedagogical tools needed by educators to transform their practice. The following components are unique to this program:
- A data-driven process for teachers and faculty that begins with the collection of quantitative and qualitative data and ends with the adaptation of a well-respected process for classroom-based continuous improvement.
- The requirement that two (or more) teachers/faculty from a school participate in the professional development and receive support by the school’s leadership to ensure that learning is embedded within the institutional culture and supported by the community of practice.
- A year-long professional development process to promote strategic, sustainable transformation.
- A virtual, peer-supported learning community to promote learning and continuous improvement.
The teacher/faculty professional development include the following key elements:
- Modular courses that incorporate customizable online and/or classroom training based on educator need and budgetary constraints for short-term interventions or year-long engagement.
- Integration of effective practices for continuous improvement, utilization of supportive learning communities of teachers/faculty, and integration of extensive resources and tools.
- Graduate credit and/or continuing education units upon completion to provide value to educators for professional advancement.
- The integration of national standards for teacher/faculty professional development and national standards for on-line course delivery.
Currently, NAPE is implementing this program in the following projects:
- STEM Equity Pipeline—Dallas/Fort Worth
- Educators Equity in STEM Academy—Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland
The NAPE Education Foundation strongly believes that this program is needed, long overdue, and critical to meet both the national need for a high-quality workforce and to ensure that underrepresented students, and particularly women, benefit from the high-tech, high-paying jobs of the 21st century.