2014 Summer Institutes
Cultural Proficiency for Today's Diverse Schools:
A Multidisciplinary Approach
Online orientation dates: Approximately 6 hours, completed between
June 30th and July 22nd
Course dates: July 28 - August 1, 2014
Course time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Clarke Middle School, Lexington, Massachusetts
Follow-up session: October 2014
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.
Scholarship Opportunity: A limited number of scholarships are available for teachers in under-resourced, ethnically and economically diverse public schools. Visit our Global Teacher Scholarship page for more details and the application.
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 cultural and racial 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. A field site visit and small team research assignment will be key components of the course.
Open to all K-12 teachers and administrators
Partnership educators: Registration must be approved through your school district. Please get in touch with your school district's Primary Source contact person and let them know which program(s) you are interested in. Upon approval from your district, Primary Source will contact you with instructions for online registration.
Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.