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ED 519 Diversity in the Classroom
Lowe, Denise

Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.


ED 519 Diversity in the Classroom


S2P 2007 DL


Lowe, Denise


Adjunct Faculty


M.S. Ed.,Instructional Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction
B.A.English/Liberal Arts

Office Location

Copley Hall, #211

Office Hours

By Appointment

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Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


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Course Description:
An attempt to look at changing classroom demographics and the implications for the classroom teacher. A wide variety of readings and activities will be used to introduce the teacher to the needs and culture of various groups. 3 cr.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will become sensitive to the diversity among their students related to background and learning preferences. (MOSTEP 1.2.3)
  2. Students will learn to critical interrogate readings to help them formulate ideas and understandings and to assess information and situations. (MOSTEP 1.2.1)
  3. Students will develop understanding and appreciation for a non-majority group and will share information with the class.(MOSTEP 1.2.2, 1.1, 1.2.7)
  4. Students will develop a comfort level in discussing differences.(MOSTEP 1.2.7)
  5. Students will explore ways education can impact issues of equity and justice.(MOSTEP 1.2.9)
  6. Students will explore ways schools can be more inviting to all students.(MOSTEP 1.2.9, 1.2.10)
  7. Students will develop/revise a curriculum they use in class to make it multicultural.(MOSTEP 1.2.4)

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

*Students with special needs, please contact me to arrange a convenient time to discuss accommodations for your learning. Thank you.


Participation and Discussion Postings (30%)
(LL) Lessons Learned (20%)
Non-Majority Project (25%)
Final Exam (25%)
A= 90-100%
B= 80-89%
C= 70-79%
D= 60-69%
F= <60%
Participation and Discussion
Each student will be an important member of the learning community and participation is a major component of this course. Learning created through class discussion and postings, readings and research will be essential for developing an understanding of course material. You will read the assigned chapter(s) and prepare to discuss and write a reflective response to the questions posted. You are required to respond to you peers response each week and post a response to each thread. Your initial posting and your peer response is due Sunday by 4:00 p.m. When posting a response to a peer, you must thoughtfully reflect on the peer's comments and clearly identify (supporting your position with text reference) your agreement or disagreement to their position or statement. (Peer responses that simply say, "Good job" should be avoided) You must elaborate on your reflective response and peer response.
(LL) Lessons Learned and Activities
Each week students will describe what he/she gained or learned from the assigned readings and or an activity. This response will be posted in the discussion area under "Lessons Learned Thread". The purpose is to develop your critical thinking skills in a succinct fashion. Please read all other posted responses first and enter a reponse that is varied from previous entries. Although each posting may not be lengthy, each should represent thoughtful and relevant information from your readings, Our text selection is interesting and informative.
Non-Majority Project
Each student will choose a non-majority group (Hispanics, Asian Americans, Gays, Lesbians, Jews, Muslims, persons with a particular disability, etc.) and research the group. He/she will seek t find sociotypes within the group, you will look for information to better acquaint educators with the group, give suggestions for appropriate and inappropriate language use, and discuss how educational practice might change to meet the needs or preferences of the group. This project should be posted under Research Project Thread. All students are expected to read all research projects posted.
Final Exam
The final exam will be avaible online during Week 8. Students will have two hours to complete the exam. Eight essay questions will be available. Each student will choose four to answer. Books and notes may be used. Please note that you should not enter the final exam area until you are ready to take the final exam. You can  only enter the exam once and your two-hour time period will begin when you enter.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of late work, for reduced points, will be received only until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday for each week. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. A proctor request form will be made available during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
Failure to take a final proctor exam(or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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