In our social & cultural development unit, The Village Method (TVM) makes certain that our scholars get to experience the beauty and richness of African-American art, thought, history and tradition. As they are touched by the achievements of their community, our scholars will understand the importance of learning and be inspired to achieve themselves.
Additionally, TVM takes every opportunity to help our scholars experience how they can add a positive influence to the community. We coordinate and inspire volunteer activities, giving back opportunities, and constantly encourage remembering how “the village” has helped them during their journey.
A foundational principle used by TVM is inspired from the book “The Dreamkeepers: Successful teaching for African-American Students” by Gloria Ladson-Billings. In her book, she refers to culturally relevant teachings which is described to be “a pedagogy that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes.”
In an article written much earlier, “But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy” Gloria Ladson-Billings says:
Culturally relevant pedagogy rests on three criteria or propositions: (a)
Students must experience academic success; (b) students
must develop and/or maintain cultural competence; and
(c) students must develop a critical consciousness
through which they challenge the status quo of the
current social order.
TVM after school enrichment provides the above key elements for culturally relevant pedagogy and aims to expand this experience beyond the classroom into the communities we serve.