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					Diversity in the Classroom
        Nikki Ryman
    Multicultural Education
          Fall 2005
• Our future classrooms will be full of diversity.
• Class, background, and learning style differences
  greatly influence the way in which a student
• How do we accommodate this?
• We are responsible for identifying, assessing, and
  responding to the diverse needs of our students.
• A teacher must work to assure equity in
  educational outcomes for all students.
   – Cultural sensitivity.
   – Varying strategies.
• Curriculum should reflect values and experiences
  of all students - it should be RELEVANT.
• The following websites are resources a teacher
  could use to address diversity in the classroom.
No one should make the claim of being
educated until he or she has learned to live
in harmony with people who are different.

                          -A.H. Williams
          Class Matters
     Are There Class Cultures?
• Betsy Leondar-Wright, Author and Cross-
  Class Activists
• A collection of resources, surveys, articles
  – Are there class cultures?
  – What is the most classist comment you ever heard
    someone say?
• Provides an overview of classism from
  many perspectives.
• National Center for Culturally Responsive
  Educational Systems, funded by the U.S. Dept. of
  Education’s Office of Special Education Programs
• Seeks to close the achievement gap between
  culturally and linguistically diverse students,
  reduce inappropriate referrals to special education;
  and improve culturally responsive practices, early
  intervention, literacy, and positive behavioral
•   Professional Development
•   Library
•   Publications
•   Find resources to develop more culturally
    sensitive teaching skills; focus on avoiding
    placing students from lower socio-economic
    backgrounds into special education.
 ENC Online: A K-12 Math and
   Science Teacher Center
• Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, located at
  Ohio State University
• Funded by a contract with the U.S. Dept. of
• Originally created to collect all types of teaching
  materials for K-12 math and science educators;
  Supports teachers' professional development in
  math, science, and the effective use of technology.
  ENC Online: Education Topics
• Equity and Diversity
   – Self Assessment
   – Journal Articles
• Family and Community
   – Involving Families at School
   – Education in the Community
• Real World Math and Science
   – Mathematics and Science Literacy
   – Hands-On Learning
• Various classroom resources for teachers.
Harvard Family Research Project
• Founded in 1983 at the Harvard Graduate
  School of Education; focus on child
  development, student achievement, healthy
  family functioning, and community
• Preschool/Elementary Teaching Cases
• Professional development by studying and
  discussing various case studies.
     The Cooperative Learning
• Laura Candler; a place for sharing
  cooperative learning strategies and
  promoting the use of cooperative learning in
  the classroom
• Teaching Social Skills
• Team/Class Management Ideas
• Great learning activities to promote
  teamwork and equal participation.
• See students as individuals, and not as members of a
  specific group.
• Use information about a student’s background to
  better understand how to vary teaching strategies.
• Provide each and every student with the knowledge
  and skills to be successful.
• Constantly evaluate and change your own teaching
  skills to improve student learning.
• Ensure success for all students in the classroom by
  providing abundant resources.
           List of Websites
        Additional Resources

• Unequal Childhoods

• Inequality at the starting gate

• U.S. Census Bureau
What children can do together today,
they can do alone tomorrow.

              -Lev Vygotsky, 1962

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