Teaching in a Pluralistic Society

Educational Development & Support Enrichment Series

Educational Development & Support Enrichment Series
Teaching in a Pluralistic Society
(2 sessions)
Date: Aug. 19, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 3 p.m. 
Location: Bremerton High School
1500 13th Street
Bremerton, WA 98337
Hosted by: College of Education

Participants will receive a certificate for two professional development hours for each workshop.

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Featured Speaker 
Carrie O'Donnell,  EDS Specialist
In 1996, Carrie O'Donnell earned her bachelor's in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a Master's in Multi-Cultural/Bilingual Education in 2000 from Northern Arizona University. She is currently completing her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Grand Canyon University. Carrie O'Donnell began teaching second grade in 1996. Carrie has taught: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades formally and tutored high school students in the areas of reading and writing. Carrie worked with second language learners since 1996 and is passionate about helping teachers develop teaching strategies that reach all learners. Carrie was also in administration from 2008-2010 before joining Grand Canyon University as a full time faculty member. Carrie is passionate about life-long learning and education. 

Teaching in a Pluralistic Society
Multicultural education is controversial even though it is based on the need to prepare all children, minority and majority, to participate equally in a culturally pluralistic society. Obviously, a commonly found multicultural education program in school districts consisting of only "events" (i.e., Cinco de Mayo, Black History Month or Multicultural Day) would not qualify as a true multicultural program. The challenge is integrating culture into the curriculum in an authentic manner. 

Through the use of a multi-step process, teachers will learn how to assess curriculum and ensure that the curriculum and lessons that are presented represent a culturally pluralistic curriculum. Key points to this process will include ways to ensure that there is a balanced representation of cultural groups. The overall goal is to teach teachers how to include an equal representation of the culture presented in the United States in the total curriculum from K-12 and to provide experiences that will help build positive attitudes of a student's won cultural group and acceptance of other cultural groups.