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Welcoming Diversity and Including Immigrant Students in your K-12 Classroom
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor: Janice McLachlan May 1-30, December 1-30
The cultural gap in our nation’s schools, current immigration issues, language barriers and budgetary constraints leaves educators struggling to find ways to make sure all students continue to achieve to the best of their ability in our classrooms. Educators need to learn how to become culturally aware of diverse populations learning environments and everyday experiences. We need to celebrate our strengths and differences. We need to learn ways to communication among diverse cultures by including these important lessons in the classroom to make sure that no child is left behind. Culturally competent teachers understand the diverse needs of their students and provide experiences for all of their learners to succeed. Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), all students must make adequate yearly academic progress regardless of race, ethnicity and culture. This course will teach you how to be a culturally competent teacher. You will learn how to create meaningful resources through a variety of activities, lessons, and readings to help you become a dynamic communicator to students, families and your school community. Become an ambassador to a culturally rich learning environment that makes all students feel welcome and excited to learn. This course is appropriate for all educators including Guidance Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, ELA, Math, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Science, The Arts, Physical and Special Education, N-12. Educators will create appropriate classroom resources according to their specific area of expertise..