Cultural diversity in the classroom
||EDB 7600-F, SFU Burnaby Campus
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"Documenting Diversity: A portrait of a collaborative teacher education initiative" presented by Graeme Chalmers and Hartej Gill
About this session:
Created with the visionary leadership of Dr. Graeme Chalmers, the “Diversity” cohort is the first two-year elementary level cohort in Western Canada that is fully dedicated, (in terms of course content, methodology, and practicum requirements), to diversity, multi/transculturalisms, inclusion, anti-racism/anti-oppression and social justice. Following a BC Ministry of Education (2001) document, Diversity in B.C. Schools stating: “Our expectations for schools are high…. We turn to schools to help us enshrine language rights, to preserve diverse cultural heritages, to promote social equality and social justice.” This program was designed to make a public statement, from both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the collaborating Vancouver School Board (VSB) about the importance of these issues to students, educators, and the community. In focusing on issues of diversity and social justice, preservice-teachers engaged with areas of social inequality and inclusion. This presentation will provide an overview of the Diversity Cohort of 2003-2005 including some highlights in terms of changes in attitudes, commitment, activism and resistance among pre-service teachers, school advisors, administrators, school district personnel, and university level educational leaders.
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