Supporting the School Engagement of African and Caribbean Descent Students
This workshop aims to familiarize teachers, administrators and educational workers with issues confronted by bi-dialectal students in addressing school-based expectations and other educational challenges. Research data related to the academic trajectories and social inclusion of bi-dialectal students in Ontario will be introduced. We also explore inclusive schooling practices that have been shown to enhance students’ academic engagement and performance by creating a welcoming and supportive school environment. Such practices involve the inclusion of cultural sources of knowledge within classrooms and production and use of educational materials that point out differences between varieties of English considered “vernacular” and “standard.” Other strategies that enhance social inclusion and the overall wellness of students include after-school enrichment, sports, and mentoring activities.