Educating students from diverse backgrounds and situations is a complex process involving big-picture considerations and specific instructional strategies; at the very least, these students need to know adults in their lives are aware of the cultural and social conditions they encounter on a consistent basis and truly care about their personal and academic success. From this foundation, trusting relationships develop and serve as an essential context for learning. While this bridge from awareness and caring to learning and achievement is necessary for a successful school career, it is vitally important for students from marginalized backgrounds, who tend to experience more challenges in their personal and academic lives. Students from these communities benefit from the type of support that nurtures emotional growth while simultaneously providing optimal conditions for effective learning and based on this knowledge, The “C.A.R.D.S. Professional Development Method” was created.
The C.A.R.D.S. Professional Development Method is composed of 4 Sections: Section 1: Data Collection, Section 2: Evaluation, Section 3: Professional Development and Section 4: Leadership Development Curriculum for Students.