Teaching with Diversity & Cultural Competency in Mind in the Middle Level!
Presenter: Crystal LaVoulle
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Join AMLE and Crystal LaVoulle as we explore what we need to do to teach, reach and celebrate students from diverse backgrounds—and what it means to be a culturally competent teacher in the middle level.
Dr. Crystal LaVoulle
is the president of the Georgia ASCD and executive director of Read, Write, Rhyme, an educational consulting group specializing in reading skills for urban youth. As a literacy consultant, Crystal focuses on developing reading skills of under-achieving students in schools and school districts throughout the nation. Crystal has developed a professional learning course for teacher leaders and administrators titled "Lead by Example" and a workshop series for special education and general education teachers titled "The Co-Teaching Matrix." She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University at Stony Brook and a Master of Public Administration in Policy and Education from the University of West Georgia, and earned a doctorate in reading, language and literacy from Georgia State University. Crystal believes that learning is a lifelong endeavor and educators must continuously strive to increase their knowledge and understanding along with the students they teach. Crystal has 10 years of experience as a secondary school administrator and has worked with a diverse range of middle, high school, and post-secondary teachers and students in New York, Alabama, and Georgia. Crystal LaVoulle is an active member of the educational community, contributing to K-12 and post-secondary research and presenting at the National Title I; National Youth At-Risk; Georgia Read, Write, Now; and the Georgia Council of Teachers of English conferences.