educator as creator of effective educational environments
The effective educator must collaborate, create positive relationships with colleagues, and interact with parents and communities that vary greatly from one school to another. Culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and language are only a few of the societal differences that are present in many communities. Thus, it is necessary for educators to have an understanding of a broad array of situations and populations with whom they may work. An educator must be able to answer the question: How can I be effective in meeting the needs of students from such a variety of backgrounds? It is the job of faculty members at the university to prepare the educator to answer that question. Beyond that, educators must have the opportunity to reflect on how their own background and experiences will impact their ability to meet the needs of students coming from diverse societies.