The CARDS Method

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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 “CARDS Professional Development Method” was created.  

  

The CARDS 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. 

The Cards Method

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The CARDS Method is an equity-based, individualized approach to education. This shift from standardization to individualization involves understanding the unique needs of each student then designing educational experiences that help all students achieve. The CARDS 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. 

Section 1: Data Collection

Observation Checklists


  • Mission and Vision
  • Environment
  • Curriculum
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Instruction and Education
  • Parents, Guardians and Community Members
  • Mediation and Safety
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Summary

Section 2: Evaluations

Questionnaires


  • Introductory Information
  • Environmental Expectations and Analysis
  • Comprehensive Performance Questionnaire

Section 3: Professional Development

Workshop Series


  • Introduction
  • Definitions 
  • Considerations and Strategies
  • Theoretical / Practical Knowledge 
  • Findings (Based on School Data)
  • The CARDS Method
  • Case Studies / Scenarios 
  • An Individualized Approach 
  • Recommendations 
  • Development / Implementation
  • Guidance
  • Sustainability 

Section 4: Leadership Development Curriculum for Students

Curriculum Training


  • Curriculum Facilitator Training 
  • Curriculum Content Training 
    • Understanding the Text
    • Understanding the Support Material