Research Project on Improving Teachers’ Cross-Cultural Competence

Dr. Kimberly Mayfield

Chantal Reynolds

Based on the work of the African American Male Achievement Initiative in the Oakland Unified School District, two local researchers are conducting  a research project to look at the level of cross-cultural competence necessary for teachers to successfully meet the academic needs of Black male students. Often the proposals for improving academic performance focus on what the students need to do better or on changes in school structures. However, rarely is the level of cross-cultural competence addressed. The new action research study, led by local community activists Dr. Kimberly Mayfield, Ed.D. and Chantal Reynolds, M.A., is soliciting the participation of parents and guardians of African American male K-5 students for the current study.  The research will seek to identify the racialized experiences of African American male K-5 students and their parents and guardians in Oakland schools. The results of the study will be used to create effective cross-cultural professional development for European American  The project is an  extension of the work started by the Effective Teachers for Oakland Taskforce. The African American Male Achievement Initiative in Oakland was started in 2010 as a response to the overall underperformance of African American male students, who lag behind their white peers at local, regional and national levels in several academic areas such as achievement and high school graduation rates. Anyone who would like to participate in this study should call (510) 225-9202. Ext. 1, or email crossculturalcompetence1868@gmail.com
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