Cultural Proficiency for Today's Diverse Schools: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Cultural Proficiency for Today's Diverse Schools: A Multidisciplinary Approach

How are new patterns of immigration, residence, and family structure reshaping the nation's demographics and those of local schools and communities? What do "culturally proficient" schools and classrooms look like in this shifting context? In an institute designed for teachers, administrators, and other school staff, we'll take a multidisciplinary and thematic approach as we discuss cultural and racial diversity in schools today. Focal themes will include religion, culture, and language; student and school culture and peer relationships; families, parents, and school involvement; and the legal and socioeconomic challenges facing refugee and immigrant youth and communities. Drawing insights from education research, social policy, and the law, as well as literature, history, the arts, and global studies, we'll gain a deeper understanding of students within their home and community worlds, and develop ideas about how better to connect with them. Classroom practices and school policies that promote achievement for students of all backgrounds will be foregrounded throughout the institute. A field site visit and small team research assignment will be key components of the course.

Open to all K-12 teachers and administrators

Online orientation dates: Approximately 6 hours, completed between July 5 and July 26

Course dates: July 30 – Aug 3, 2012
Course time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: TBA (greater Boston area)

Follow-up session: October 4, 2012, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

PDPs offered: 67.5
Graduate credits offered: 3

Cost: $600

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