Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

Education Leadership & Counseling

First Advisor

Rick Vandermolen

Academic Year



This study deals with the question of how black students' academic performance may be impacted by educators' prejudices toward African Americans. Black students perform worse academically than any other group of students, according to data. To ensure that every student receives the greatest education possible, this issue must be resolved. Implementing culturally responsive teaching in the classroom is one strategy to solve this problem. By encouraging a sense of belonging, culturally responsive teaching will be advantageous to both the instructor and the student. Additionally, it will boost students' participation in the classroom. Through this professional development, teachers will learn the first steps to eradicating prejudice and becoming culturally responsive educators.