Education, Equity, Excellence; Research Blog

Research Publication Blog Post Two


Arauz, J.C., (November, 2012).E3 Presents: Education, Equity, Excellence- Three Part Video Series. YouTube, Part 1: What is educational excellence? Retrieved from:


Strengths, Contributions and Ways to Improve; Graphic Organizer

Organization: The video was well organized and directed. The narrator did develop the argument and the animation was creative.

Contribution to Field: The video’s contribution to the field was worthwhile and significant.

Literature Review: The video did not provide a literature review.

Theoretical Framework/Lens: The video clearly demonstrated coherence. The research focused on issues our nation faces with its current education system.

Data Collection: Data was collected from inner city schools with a predominately African American and Latino population.

Analysis: The video had a profound impact on current education action research.

Findings: The findings of the video were inconclusive however, the research does outline some assumptions about culturally relevant pedagogy and its meaning for intercultural learning.

Discussion/Conclusions: The video provides a formula for creating successful plans aimed at intercultural learning.

Minor Editorial Comments: No editorial comments for the article.

Miscellaneous: No miscellaneous comments for the article at this time.



Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Ingredients for critical teacher reflection

In the video, Education, Equity, Excellence (Part one, 2012) founder Dr. Juan Carlos Arauz discusses the problems and issues our nation faces with its current education system. This video is aimed at responding to the need of culturally relevant pedagogy. In this first video, Dr. Arauz poses the solution to the educational crisis in this country through a 3 part YouTube video series. This blog post will analyze the first video in the three part series. According the foundation’s website, Dr. Juan Carlos Arauz is the founding executive director of E3: Education, Excellence & Equity. E3’s mission is to redefine educational expectations so that every student, regardless of starting point, is engaged and thriving in a school that practices a culture of academic success for all (

This video was significant to me because it caused me to reflect on ways to create culturally relevant pedagogy. Furthermore, the video was especially significant to my area of study, as it examines how critical teacher involvement is, as it relates to culture and the classroom. The video contains implications that teacher education and creating culturally inclusive schools and classroom environments is relevant. The video challenges educators to examine the impact of cultural resilience. The video offers a very unique look at how a student’s journey through school takes on many life challenges. But making their way through those challenges is exactly the skills employers are looking for. I personally feel that it was very insightful to examine how students in bad situations show resiliency in their everyday struggle. They show this resiliency through:

  • Critical analysis
  • Adaptability
  • Cross-cultural and intercultural communication
  • Collaboration and innovation

This study has caused me to critically examine the relationships between student involvement and the educational achievement gap.

Another dimension of the video was low income and immigrant students need for culturally relevant pedagogy. Specifically, recommendations are offered for teacher preparation and in-service teacher professional development. I learned that educators must reconceptualize the way they teach in order to serve a more diverse student population. The video also gave some very interesting statistics I had not seen before. These statistics serve as a wake-up call for educators and administrators, in the fact that cultural sensitivity and diversity training programs should be a part of every educational program.

This video has a direct correlation to my own experiences. I began my teaching career in a predominantly minority school. As a new teacher, it was very important for me to understand the culture and teach the core and reconceptualize my teaching strategy. I did a lot self-reflection as some things worked and some things did not.

In conclusion, I firmly believe the impact of the three part video series on education research is profound. It opened my eyes to the need for culturally relevant pedagogy. As stated in the conclusion of the video “In order for student to be prepared for 21st century needs, educators must show students how to use their everyday skills so they can proudly stand up and say I am innovative, culturally resilient, adaptive, collaborative, and cross culturally aware.” I believe this statement speaks to how this knowledge can impact not just the teacher but also the student and learning community.

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