Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action

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Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action is the core text for pre-service and in-service PK-12 educators in courses on multicultural education and diversity. Responding to the growing need for better training for teachers in how to work with a diverse population, increase academic achievement, and prepare students for a global workplace, authors William A. Howe and Penelope L. Lisi address how teachers can incorporate the knowledge they gain about other cultures into more effective classroom practice. The text begins by focusing on essential questions and theoretical concepts about multicultural education, and then leads readers through experiences to heighten their own cultural awareness, knowledge base, and skills set. The goal of the text is to prepare teachers to apply the concepts they learn in the text in their own classrooms and in schoolwide settings.

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Editorial Reviews

Jose Cintron
"I think the organization of the content and related topics is strong. I also think the varied pedagogical features component has the potential to engage students in a manner not generally found in texts of this nature."
Sagini Keengwe
"I would definitely consider adopting this textbook in my class because of the pedagogical features such as, vignettes, profiles in multicultural education, case studies, and activities and assignments. The chapters are well chosen. Each chapter opens the window to the cocncepts that are carefully and meaningfully covered throughout the textbook."
Jamie Berry
"I was very impressed by this text. The author did an excellent job in making the information releveant and understandable to a student."
Sherry Green
"I believe this text would be a valuable resource for Education professors teaching diversity courses as part of teacher preparation programs. The activities, exercises, journaling, applications, etc. are awesome!"
Jamia Thomas Richmond
"I am so pleased with the chapter topics. They cover all of the information I currently cover and more in a very sequential and organized manner. I like the assessments, activities, and opportunities for journaling provided with each chapter. The profiles are an asset to the book, as well. They give students and instructors a good look at individuals in the field that are making significant contributions. Students and instructors may follow up on these individuals to learn more about their work and get additional ideas, strategies, and relevant information."
Carmen Sanjurjo
"It is a great resource for teacher educators and pre-service teachers. The concepts are well explained and at a level that undergraduate students can understand. Hopefully it will guide them in their educational pilgrimage in becoming effective multiculturalist educators."
Schrika Shell
"I liked the writing style and the approach the text took to the topic. I also liked the practical application of text. Case studies, activities, lesson plans, and journaling were an added bonus to accompany the text."
Alaric Williams
"I am very likely to adopt this text. I found it very easy to read and wanted to read more. Love it compared to the text I’m currently using."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412998055
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 237,938
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Howe (Ed.D. Teachers College/Columbia University) is the education consultant for Multicultural Education and Gender Equity at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University; and past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Howe has given over 400 workshops, lectures, and keynotes on diversity, multicultural education and organizational development. He is a regular presenter at state and national conferences and has appeared on both radio and television on diversity issues. He is a member of the editorial board of Multicultural Perspectives, the official journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Howe is the Chair of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, and was recently honored with the 2015 Distinguished Alumni & Early Career Award presented by the Teachers College/Columbia University.

Penelope L. Lisi is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University and has been on the faculty since 1994. She teaches courses at the masters, 6th year certification, and doctoral levels in leadership for teaching and learning. Her research interests focus on leadership for school improvement and building learning environments that value diverse learner needs. For a number of years, she has taught graduate courses at Sam Sharpe Teachers College in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and with the Teachers College of New Jersey in their masters degree program in Palma, Mallorca. She presents regularly at national and international conferences and has served as Editor of Multicultural Perspectives, the official scholarly publication of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), since 1998.

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Table of Contents

Section 1. Background
1. Multicultural Education: History, Theory, and Evolution
2. What is a Multicultural Educator? A 4-Step Model
Section Assessment
Section 2. Knowledge
3. Historical Perspectives on a Multicultural America
4. Foundation Knowledge for Culturally Responsive Teaching
Section Assessment
Section 3. Awareness
5. Understanding Cultural Identities and their Influence on Teaching and Learning
6. Developing Awareness of Others as Cultural Beings
Section Assessment
Section 4. Skills
7. Curriculum Development and Lesson Planning
8. Instructional Strategies Needed by Multicultural Educators
9. Developing Skills in Language and Linguistic Diversity
10. Assessment that is Culturally Responsive
Section Assessment
Section 5. Action
11. Becoming a Multicultural Educator
12. Supporting Diverse Learners on a School Wide Level
Section Assessment
Appendix: The Vital Multicultural Classroom: Resources, Organizations and Associations

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