On Cultural Proficiency – Radio New Zealand Interview

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Punita Rice for NinetoNoon Radio New Zealand

Last week, I chatted with Kathryn Ryan, host of Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon (live!) about the importance of cultural proficiency in education, name pronunciation, and why teachers should understand their students’ backgrounds. The gist of our conversation was this: My saying your name correctly is a way of showing you respect… that empowers the student.  (More here). You can … Read More

Why Pronouncing Students’ Names Correctly is Important

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Teachers - Pronounce Names Correctly in the Classroom

There are a million names from as many backgrounds, so it can feel overwhelming to expect teachers to get every single name right. But pronouncing students’ names correctly does matter. Here, I’m sharing YouTube video I recorded on why pronouncing names correctly is important, and I’m also sharing my list of practice ideals for how teachers can get names right. Read on for … Read More

An Interview with American Bazaar

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American Bazaar interviewed Dr. Punita Rice about research on South Asian American student experiences, and ISAASE. (Dr. Punita Rice interview with American Bazaar.)

About a month ago, I chatted with Jayshal Sood of American Bazaar Magazine about the work of ISAASE. In the interview, we talked about my research findings, including the reality that South Asian American students are diverse, may have less-than-ideal experiences in school, and don’t always get support they need from teachers. We also chatted about low teacher cultural proficiency, … Read More

Loyola Alumni Story

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Loyola Alumni Punita Rice

I recently did a Q&A for the Loyola University Maryland Alumni Association’s Alumni Stories (I did my Masters in teaching there). In it, I got to share just a little bit about the work ISAASE is doing to support South Asian American students. You can learn more about ISAASE here, or if you’re interested, you can read the interview / alumni … Read More

Thanks for the Memories, Johns Hopkins

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Thanks Hopkins! Dr. Punita Rice JHU

I can’t believe my doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University has come to an end. It’s the end of an era. This past couple of weeks after graduating from have been surreal. (Especially as it’s begun to sink in that from now on, there will be no more homework in my life. Well no more of my own homework anyway.) Thanks … Read More