Efficiency of Multicultural Teacher Training for Certified Teachers in Chicago: A Case Study

Efficiency of Multicultural Teacher Training for Certified Teachers in Chicago: A Case Study

Author: 
Natalie Williams-McMahon
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore teachers’ perceptions of the need for multicultural educational training and how training and professional development can be provided in order to help improve diverse students’ academic performance. The problem this study examined was the lack of multicultural education teachers received. There is limited or no training or professional development for teachers to address the needs of a multicultural student population. Specifically, because of the lack of multicultural training that teachers of diverse students in Chicago have; multicultural students have low academic growth and success rates. The conceptual framework for this study was based on social justice regarding urban public schools. In Chicago, teachers are evaluated based on students’ standardized test scores and academic progress, however with the growth of multicultural students in Chicago schools, there is a need to provide teachers with training to improve classroom practices that promote the individual and holistic needs for multicultural students’ success. Data collection consisted of teachers (participants) being interviewed by the researcher in one or more personal settings. Data was analyzed to determine themes and patterns that emerged. The pilot study of the data ensured validity of the interview questions. This study is to inform educational decision-makers about the importance of providing teachers with the necessary training in multicultural education to improve students’ educational experiences.
Dedication: 
This work is dedicated to my family whom I will be nothing without their support. To Latrell McMahon, my husband, no matter how I was feeling, he continued to encourage me to “keep on pushing, you got this, we’re good baby.” I dedicate this work to all educators who make sacrifices to improve educational needs for our future leaders. I also dedicate this work to my sister LaRonda; who is always in my heart through spirit and within her children, may she rest in peace. Foremost, I would like to thank God, for spiritual awareness, steadfastness, and the guidance to stay positive throughout this journey.
Acknowledgements: 
I would first like to acknowledge my committee team; Dr. Zhu, Dr. Hill, and Dr. Watkins for giving their expertise and guidance throughout this journey. I would like to acknowledge my husband for putting up with my ups and downs throughout this process and motivating me each day to continue. To my mom (Janice); thanks for being supportive of all my dreams and aspirations. To my dad (Joe), I appreciate your ambitions to keep growing in life, which taught me that no matter what happens, continue with my education. Thanks to my siblings (Leslie and Jamal) who encourages me to continue all my works through all obstacles. Thanks to my 20 plus years friends; who have been there for me and continues to give me words of inspiration.