Multicultural Education
in the 21st Century
Overview of
Multiculturalism and Global Awareness
and What it Means for Your Classroom
Overview
1. What CHANGES are occurring in
West Virginia and the World?
2. What does Multicultural Education /
Global Awareness MEAN for me?
3. What RESOURCES can I access for
Implementation?
Changes in World
• Population Changes
• Hispanics = 13.7% of US population projected to be
25% by 2050
• Asians = 4.1 (increase from 3.6)
• Economic Changes
• (2004) Foreign-born
workers comprise 14.5%
of US labor force
• US-based multinational
corporations employ 21.8
million workers (1/5 total)
Changes in West Virginia
• $2.2 billion in foreign trade with countries such
as Brazil, China, Italy Japan
• 100 international companies
created 30,000 jobs
• 1200 limited English proficient
(LEP) students from 60+
languages
• 4.7% African American (state avg)
• 3.3% and 3.8% Hispanic
students Eastern panhandle
(Berkeley and Jefferson counties)
Changes in West Virginia
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Core Subjects
ICT Literacy
Life Skills
Content
Learning & Thinking
Skills
• Assessments
Changes in West Virginia
• Civics, Economics, Geography
What does Multicultural
Education /Global Awareness
mean for ME?
What is Multicultural Education?
Current Policy and Code
• W.Va. Code 18-5-15a Study of multicultural
education for school personnel
• WVBOE Policy – “multicultural education
programs must be developed and
implemented for faculty, staff and students
to foster an attitude of understanding
and acceptance of individuals from a
variety of cultural, ethnic, racial and
10/3/2015 religious backgrounds.
What is Multicultural Education?
Current Code and Policy
• Policy 2421 (11.1) Racial, Sexual, Religious/Ethnic Harassment and
Violence Policy
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13.1. The West Virginia Department of Education will prepare an annual report to the
West Virginia Board of Education to include: reported and substantiated incidences of
harassment and/or violence; action taken in response to incidents; training and staff
development offered by the agencies; and agency reported numbers and types of
multicultural education offerings
• Policy 2510 (5.56) Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for
Education Programs
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9.7. Multicultural education is required to be taught to all students at all programmatic
levels, pre-k-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Schools/school systems are required to develop and
implement a program for multicultural education. (See Section 5.56. and Policy 2421.)
• Policy 2320, A Process for Improving Education:
Performance Based
Accreditation System
– 6.1.12. Multicultural activities. Multicultural activities are included at all
programmatic levels, K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 with an emphasis on prevention and zero
tolerance for racial, sexual, religious/ethnic harassment or violence. (Policy 2421)
What is Multicultural Education?
Two Sides of the Same Coin
GLOBAL
KNOWLEDGE
in the Content
in the Content
CULTURAL
COMPETENCY
SKILLS
in the
Classroom
SKILLS
KNOWLEDGE
• Global perspectives
 Social Studies
 All content areas
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Cultural Competency
Critical Thinking
ICT Literacy
Foreign Language
ATTITUDES/BEHAVIOR
• Life Skills
• Character
What does Multicultural Education /
Global Awareness mean for ME?
DEVELOP A PLAN
1. Needs Assessment
2. Meaningful Objectives
3. Implementing Activities & Approaches
4. Locating Resources
5. Refining/Expanding the Plan
What does Multicultural
Education mean for My Class?
Needs Assessment
• Who are your students?
– Racial, Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic Diversity
– Cultures and subcultures in school
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What do students want to study?
Where are your students needs?
What are you seeing?
What do students see?
What are you anticipating?
“Tour and detour methods trivialize, patronize, and stereotype
cultures by emphasizing traditional costumes, foods, and dances
while avoiding the true picture of the everyday life of the people
from that culture.” (Derman-Sparks, 1993)
Global culture
US culture
Local culture
School
Culture
What does Multicultural
Education Mean for My Class?
Meaningful Objectives
• To Increase Awareness of Global Issues and
Dynamics
• To Develop Multiple Historical Perspectives
• To Strengthen Cultural Consciousness
• To Strengthen Intercultural Competence
• To Combat Racism, Sexism, and All Forms of
Prejudice and Discrimination
• To Increase Critical Thinking Skills
HIGH PERFORMANCE SCHOOL SYSTEM
CULTURE OF COMMON BELIEFS & VALUES
Dedicated to “Learning for ALL…Whatever It Takes”
STUDENT/PARENT SUPPORT
SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS
INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES
CURRICULLUM MANAGEMENT
SYSTEMIC CONTINUOUS
IMPROVEMENT PROCESS
What does Multicultural Education
Mean for My Class?
Activities AND Approaches
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10/3/2015
One Day Events
Field Trips/Food
Holidays
Regular
Instruction/Lessons
– Health
– Literature
– Foreign Language
• Instructional Units
• Interdisciplinary
Lessons
• Advisor/Advisee
• Responsible Students
Program
• Parent Programs
What does Multicultural
Education Mean for My Class?
Locating Resources
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Current School Programs
International Businesses
Parents
Higher Education
Civic Groups
Internet
What does Multicultural Education
Mean for My Class?
Locating Resources
http://www.aifs.com/
http://www.globalawareness.com/
http://www.ncrel.org/engage/skillsglobal.htm
http://www.globaled.org/issues/
http://library.thinkquest.org/2551/
http://www.youareyourpath.com/links.html
http://www.fiu.edu/~globprog/
http://www.asiasociety.org/
Questions and Comments
For more information, please contact:
Amelia Courts
Exec. Director ESL/International Schools
304-558-2691
[email protected]
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