Multicultural Education 1. Multicultural- I did not find a definition for “multicultural” on either of the websites. However, they both had a definition of “multicultural education.” The first web site, http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issures/educatrs/p resrvce/pe3lk28.htm, states that multicultural education is ..”a field of study and an emerging discipline whose major aim is to create equal educational opportunities for students from diverse racial, ethnic, social-class, and cultural groups. The second website, http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/multicultura l/teachers.html, defines multicultural education as.. “a progressive approach for transforming education that holistically critiques and addresses current shortcomings, failings, and discriminatory practices in education.” 2. Authors: ~ Millie Wright Pilgrim ~ Dr.
Ivory L. Toldson ~ Rudolfo Gonzalez ~ Maggie Steincrohn Davis ~ Natasha Wing 3. Article Summary: Coretta Scott King Award The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the American Dream. The Award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and honors his widow, Coretta Scott King.
The winners receive a framed citation, an honorarium, and a set of Encyclopedia Britannica or World Book Encyclopedias. 4. Exercise for Classroom Use: A wonderful lesson in helping introduce children to multiculturalism is the “I Am” poem. In this activity students write short poems, starting each line with I am, encouraging them to describe in their own words who they are. Leave it open to their interpretation as much as possible, but suggest that they can, if they wish, include statements about where they’re from regionally, ethnically, religiously, etc., memories from different points in their lives, interests and hobbies, favorite phrases, family traditions and customs, and whatever else defines who they are. After they have completed their poem, they will be sharing it with the class.