Given the crucial issues of disproportionality and the growing diversity of our K-12 student population it is imperative that today's classroom teachers be prepared to critically examine, reflect on and respond to practices for learners with diverse needs and from diverse backgrounds. Such a workshop would benefit: teacher preparation institutions, school districts, professional development programs, and individuals interested in furthering their own cultural competence. This workshop aims to explore the diversity found in American classrooms. It includes discussion of theoretical bases related to diversity and methods for engaging this diversity in a positive and practical manner. It examines cultural pluralism in our society and emphasizes strategies to reduce prejudice and bias in our schools.
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Explain how culture impacts teaching and learning and suggest how increased sensitivity to multiple cultures in the classroom might impact their instruction
- Assume instructional leadership for school-wide improvement in providing culturally responsive instruction
- Develop a reflective stance toward their attitudes regarding all learners