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Cultural Proficiency for Today's Diverse Schools

DATES: August 1 - 5, 2016
(Approximately 6 hours of online orientation completed between July 1 - July 29)

TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Stoneham Central Middle School (Stoneham, MA)

FOLLOW-UP SESSION: October 2016

PDPs/CREDITS: 67.5 PDPs; 3 graduate credits

FEE: Partnership educators—no cost (other than fee for 3 graduate credits); Non-partnership educators—$600 (plus fee for 3 graduate credits)

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 ethnic, racial, and other forms of 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.

Open to all K-12 teachers and administrators.

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Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-9933

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