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School of Education


Education: Secondary; English


urban education, Christian education, poverty, trauma, racial diversity, ethnic diversity, pedagogy, Christlike teaching


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Christianity | Educational Methods | Religious Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Urban Education


Several key best practices from urban education research are reflected in the pedagogy of Jesus Christ, providing a practical foundation for Christian educators in urban schools. Related to the prevalence of poverty and trauma are the practices of learning students’ backgrounds to better interpret behavior, which Jesus reflects by healing before teaching, and holding high standards, demonstrated in Jesus’ interaction with the rich man and the Sermon on the Mount. Related to racial diversity are the practices of addressing implicit bias, a crucial part of being Christlike, and connecting instruction to students’ culture, like Jesus did through parables. Christians can also model Jesus by acknowledging their students’ spiritual need, setting boundaries, being experts in their content area, and implementing storytelling.