INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN FOR EDUCATORS
Empirical research has affirmed that "teachers have the most direct influence on students’ learning; they are at the heart of the instructional core [. . .]" (Scanlan & Theoharis, 2015, p. 54). However, when teachers are ill-prepared to effectively integrate technology to support and enhance learning remotely, child of color suffer more academically than their white peers. In the absence of the physical learning environment, children who do not feel authentically connected to school disengage and become disinterested in schooling - which further exasperates the school to prison pipeline for Black and Brown children.
This is where our mission stems. If we can support educators with planing instruction that honors and validates their students through the processes of instructional design then surely we will evolve as instructors and educators during this unprecedented time in world history. The services provided embedded instructional design practices with those of culturally relevant practices to support an effective planning experience for educators who teach secondary and post-secondary young people of color.
**** Reference: Scanlan, M., & Theoharis, G. (2015). Educational leadership for equity and diversity. New York: Routledge.