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Title: Transforming Your Curriculum through Multicultural Education


1
Transforming Your Curriculumthrough
Multicultural Education
  • So. Washington County
  • January 23, 2006
  • by Paul C. Gorski

2
This Mornings Goals
  • Build a deeper understanding of multicultural
    education as a framework for curriculum
    transformation.
  • Move from a heroes and holidays conception of
    multicultural curriculum to one grounded in
    educational equity and social justice.
  • Practice applying multicultural curriculum
    transformation strategies to sample curricula.

3
Tentative Agenda
  • Warm-up activity
  • Important concepts
  • Stages of multicultural curriculum development
  • Key characteristics of multicultural curriculum
  • Applying multicultural curriculum

4
1. Warm-Up Calisthenics
  • Standing Crosswalk
  • The complexities of diversity
  • Contextualizing the curriculum

5
1. Processing the Calisthenics
  • The complexity of diversity
  • The privilege/repression continuum
  • The experience/reality paradox

6
2. Important Concepts
  • Multicultural education
  • Curriculum transformation
  • Inclusion/exclusion
  • Equality/equity

7
2a. Multicultural Education
  • Key question
  • 3 levels
  • Equity and social justice focus
  • Beyond celebrating diversity

8
2b. Curriculum Transformation
  • Beyond the additive
  • Completeness accuracy
  • Content delivery
  • Relevant across all grades and subject areas

9
2c. Inclusion/Exclusion
  • Two levels of inclusion
  • Representative
  • Critical
  • Assessment of inclusiveness
  • As inclusive as the most excluded student
    experiences it to be

10
2d. Equality/equity
  • What is the difference between equality and
    equity?
  • Equality everyone gets the same thing
  • Equity everyone gets what they need, recognizing
    a larger social and historical context of
    inequality

11
3a. Stages of Curriculum Transformation
  • Stage 1
  • Curriculum
  • of
  • the
  • Mainstream

12
3b. Stages of Curriculum Transformation
  • Stage 2
  • Heroes
  • and
  • Holidays

13
3c. Stages of Curriculum Transformation
  • Stage 3
  • Representational
  • Inclusion

14
3d. Stages of Curriculum Transformation
  • Stage 4
  • Structural
  • Reform

15
3e. Stages of Curriculum Transformation
  • Stage 5
  • Structural
  • Reform
  • with
  • Critical
  • Inclusion

16
3f. Stages of Curriculum Transformation
  • Stage 6
  • Equitable
  • and
  • Multicultural
  • Curriculum

17
4a. Characteristics of Multicultural Curricula
  • Delivery
  • Vary instruction
  • Understand power dynamics
  • Challenge teacher as mastery

18
4b. Characteristics of Multicultural Curricula
  • 2. Content
  • Complete accurate
  • Avoid tokenism
  • Address multicultural issues

19
4c. Characteristics of Multicultural Curricula
  • 3. Materials
  • Vary materials
  • Examine materials for bias
  • Diversify images

20
4d. Characteristics of Multicultural Curricula
  • 4. Perspective
  • Diversity perspectives
  • Diversity lenses (not just from heroes)

21
4e. Characteristics of Multicultural Curricula
  • 5. Critical Inclusivity
  • Bring in students perspectives
  • Encourage questions
  • Relevancy

22
4f. Characteristics of Multicultural Curricula
  • 6. Social/Civic
  • Responsibility
  • Social justice consciousness
  • Environmental consciousness
  • Unexpected activists
  • Connect to community issues

23
4g. Characteristics of Multicultural Curricula
  • 7. Assessment
  • Continuous reflection
  • Request feedback
  • Know your style

24
Break Time!!!
  • Outwitted
  • He drew a circle that shut me out--
  • Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout
  • But Love and I had the wit to win
  • We drew a circle that took him in!

25
Pauls Contact Information
  • Email gorski_at_EdChange.org
  • EdChange site http//www.EdChange.org
  • Multicultural Pavilion http//www.EdChange.org/mu
    lticultural
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