- FCS FLASH: Building Effective Instruction for Culturally
California is the first state with no single ethnic group.
As a numerical majority, we face new urgency and opportunity
to create education policies and learning institutions that
work for all of us.... <http://www.californiatomorrow.org/files/pdfs/cc_policy_brief.pdf>
California's Community College campuses reflect the
state's diverse population, and faculty must have the knowledge
and skills to appreciate and effectively teach students
from multicultural backgrounds.
Students of color, immigrants, and low-income students cite
access to talented, approachable faculty as one of the most
critical influences on staying in school. <http://www.league.org/publication/abstracts/learning/lelabs0412.html>
Faculty who integrate culture into the curriculum to include
all learners, listen to the voices of their learners, and
create lessons and activities to empower their learners,
create more meaningful learning opportunities for all their
As FCS faculty we continue in our efforts to create diverse
or inclusive classrooms for our students. We model inclusive
behaviors and strategies students can use in class and in
their personal and work life as they live and work in more
global settings. Here are several activities and resources
for you to review and try with your students to build diversity
awareness and inclusive behaviors.
- What does your community look like?
Using information from the United States Census Bureau
ask students to enter their zip codes, at this site, to
find out what their respective communities look like. This
activity makes students more aware of those around them
and useful for compare and contrast discussions.
- California Gold
is a rich resource filled with the voices of hundreds of
community college students, faculty and staff - excellent
case study materials.
- At the Diversity Training Group <http://www.diversitydtg.com/default.htm>
site, click on "Take the Quiz"and then on "Understanding
My Own Diversity" to review 13 interesting and insightful
questions. You may want your students to answer some of
these to give you more information about their background.
The more you know <http://www.cccfcs.com/FCS/uploads/flash17rev.htm>
about your students the better able you are to design and
develop relevant instruction.
- In Motion Magazine has 21 Cultural Competencies for
the 21st Century <http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/soto6.html>.
These ideas are designed to help facilitate and enhance
personal and professional involvement within the context
of multicultural and diverse setting.
- At Ohio State University there is an interesting article
with suggestions on Teaching Diversity <http://fisher.osu.edu/diversity/resources/teaching.htm>
it's worth a look.
FYI: Emphasizing and promoting our interconnection to one
another is essential to our efforts to renew the commitment
necessary to build a more dynamic, accessible, and effective
community college system.
California Community College: Access and Equity Policy Brief
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