ED519 Diversity in the Classroom

for F1P 2007

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ED 519 Diversity in the Classroom


F1P 2007 ED


Lowe, Denise


Instructor in Education and Diversity


Master of Science in Instructional Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction
Certification in Cross Cultural Language Acquisition



Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM

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.

Educational Philosophy:

To understand Multicultural education, one has to first understand him or herself. What do I believe? What is my backgroud? Who are my ancestors? What I know is that everyone is capable of learning. It is the teacher's responsiblity to build in the respect and dignity that enable each student to feel empowered about their learning. It is the teacher's responsibility to understand why some students choose not to learn or have difficulties comprehending. We learn  from one another each and everyday. We are similar in many ways and different for unique, exciting and enlighting reasons. There is beauty in our diversity and elevation when welcome diversity as nourishment.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

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

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

1.  This course will be conducted in seminar fashion with participation expected from everyone. You are expected to be current on readings, willing to discuss and to take small group responsibility if requested. 10 pts
2.  Each student will select a non-majority group at-risk in American education to research and write 8-10 page paper (MLA format). You will share the information with the class in an informal report. 30 pts
3.  You will select a unit from your classroom curriculum and develop it so it is multicultural in content, strategies and expectation. You will present this curriculum to the class. 30pts
4.  You will keep a journal making an entry for each chapter you read, in which you will identify new things you have learned, questions that have grown out of the reading, differences you have with the reading, and discussion of possible uses of the information. 20 pts
5.  There will be a final reflection piece written for the last class in which you will define multicultural education and discuss what you learned, how you will use it, and what you still want to learn about this topic. 10 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work is expected when due. Late work will be accepted up to one week past due with points deducted each day the paper is late.
If you know you will miss a class when an assignment is due, please turn it in before the due date toavoid missed points.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

ECOMPANION is the computer companion for face-to-face classes. I am trying to learn to use it. It is my goal to use it for attendance, grades, adding necessary information (i.e. rubrics for assignments) and making assnouncements about class needs. Please learn to use it and refer to it periodically.
1.  You are expected to be present each day, prepared to discuss. If you must miss class please notify me ahead of time.
2.  Please do not use pagers, cell phones or other disruptive devices during class.
3.  Honesty is expected. Plagiarism can result in an ?F? in the class or removal from the program.
4.  Diversity in the Classroom will often hold discussions that require students to be civil to one another when viewpoints differ on topics. Professional behavior is expected in the classroom.
5.  Assignments are due on time.
6.  Students with a disability documented and on-file in the Academic Support Center will receive appropriate consideration.
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology difficulties. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. I prefer hard copies of all work. (No email assignments please) 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
(See Attachments)

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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26


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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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