RelevantPage address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/framework/relevant.html
Relevant: Understands students, Culturally Responsive, Versatile
The Maverick Educator is keenly aware of the emotional, social, cultural and academic backgrounds and needs of all of his or her students. He or she cultivates classroom social relations that are humanely equitable and reach beyond the classroom. He or she demonstrates meaningful relationships with all of the students and encourages each of them to do the same.
The Maverick Educator helps students create connections between themselves and their communities to support students' building of global identities. He or she focuses on the strengths of the students and their cultures and utilizes students' background, experiences and histories as teaching resources.
The Maverick Educator empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by infusing cultural referents to enable students to make personal meaning from content and experiences. He or she is willing to take risks, endure crises and step out of his or her comfort zone to seek ways to support the varied learning needs of each unique learner.