Expanding Student’s Horizons - Life Altering Event #76

Expanding Student’s Horizons - Life Altering Event #76

Frank Zaccari Frank Zaccari
3 minute read

When no one in your family ever went to college, it is difficult to see yourself at 15 years old spending 3 years in high school and then another 4 to 6 years in college. “That’s over half my life. Then what? I’ll have student loans and no job. Why not get a job right out of high school, as a driver, warehouse worker, barber, construction etc. I’ll be able to make some money right away, get a car and help my family”.

I know that feeling. I was there. All I could see was today not 10 or 20 years down the road. Fortunately, there are people like DaWayne Nettles who helps those 15-year-olds and their families understand and show them a way to break this cycle.

In this insightful document, we embark on a journey centered around the theme of broadening the horizons of students. We delve into the multifaceted aspects of student life, their challenges, and strategies to overcome them. The conversation is framed by the speaker's engagement with students, his role as a mentor, and the significance of fostering strong relationships to positively influence their journey.

Meet the Guest: DaWayne Nettles

DaWayne Nettles is an educator, mentor, hip-hop enthusiast, and Call Me MISTER Program graduate. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Benedict College and Columbia College, respectively. He currently serves as a Student Services Program Manager with the University of South Carolina in the Department of TRiO Programs. In this capacity he serves as the TRIO Assistant Director/Upward Bound Program Director. His interests are wide-ranging and include hip-hop education, culturally relevant educational practices, leadership development, educational technology, educational reform, STEM Education and African-American male achievement. He can be contacted by email at [email protected].

DaWayne is a remarkable figure dedicated to education and youth empowerment. As the director of the TRIO and Upward Bound Programs at the University of South Carolina, Nettles prioritizes culturally relevant educational practices tailored to his students' diverse experiences. He advocates for leadership development, leveraging technology to create dynamic learning environments, and continuously seeks ways to improve educational systems.

Nettles' passion for education and youth development shines through his advocacy and impactful work, positively shaping the lives of numerous students.

🔑Key Takeaways

  1. Understanding students' diverse backgrounds is essential for expanding their horizons.
  2. Culturally relevant educational practices enhance learning effectiveness.
  3. Leadership development empowers students to seize control of their education and future.
  4. Technology serves as a catalyst for enhanced teaching and student engagement.
  5. Continuous improvement is imperative to better serve students' evolving needs.

💡Discussion Points

  • The pivotal role of mentors in expanding students' perspectives.
  • Significance of culturally relevant educational practices in fostering inclusivity.
  • Impact of leadership development on student confidence and autonomy.
  • Utilization of technology for enriched educational experiences.
  • Imperative of ongoing refinement in educational approaches.
  • Challenges confronting first-generation college students.
  • Contribution of programs like Upward Bound in supporting underrepresented students.

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