Becoming a Multicultural Educator

Becoming a Multicultural Educator

   Why This book.

Providing an essential foundation for teachers-in-training and veteran educators, Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action focuses on the development and application of research-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies for multicultural education in PK–12 classrooms. Award-winning authors William A. Howe and Penelope L. Lisi bring theory and research to life through numerous exercises, case studies, reflective experiences, and lesson plans designed to heighten readers’ cultural awareness, knowledge base, and skill set. Responding to the growing need to increase academic achievement and to prepare teachers to work with diverse populations of students, the fully updated Third Edition is packed with new activities and exercises to illustrate concepts readers can apply within their future classrooms and school-wide settings. With the support of this practical and highly readable book, students will be prepared to teach in culturally responsive ways, develop a critical understanding of culture and its powerful influence on teaching and learning, and feel empowered to confront and address timely issues.


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  • This updated edition reflects current events and new trends, including the rise of the altright/neo-Nazi movement, anti-immigration sentiments, the #MeToo movement, increased reports of anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic hate crimes, curriculum and teaching standards, language diversity, and more.
  • Additional content on poverty, class, English language acquisition, LGBTQ issues, standards, and updated learning theory has been added.
  • Learning Objectives are now presented as statements, rather than questions, and are used as a framework throughout the chapter for the construction of each chapter’s content. Each chapter presents two Case Studies to illustrate key themes in a real-world setting and to help students work through the complex process of becoming a multicultural educator.
  • Applications are found at the end of each chapter, providing students with an opportunity to directly apply what they have learned. Each chapter introduces a Thinking Ahead exercise and concludes with a Reflecting Back exercise to encourage students to further engage with and reflect over the presented content.
  • Profiles in Multicultural Education highlight leading scholars and practitioners and inspire students to take action in their own classrooms.
  • Major Assessments follow each of the five sections and help students participate in multi-layered, multi-issue problem-solving.
  • All references and annotated resources have been reviewed and updated to reflect current events. New references and resources have also been added to each chapter.
  • SAGE edge provides students helpful tools, including eFlashcards, practice quizzes, a customizable action plan, and more, in one easy-to-use online environment.


  • The award-winning author team have worked together collaboratively in the field of multicultural education for over 25 years in both the PK–12 school system and higher education.
  • Discussion goes beyond race to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, second language acquisition, poverty, class, religion, and other key categories.
  • Thorough, well-organized coverage of history, theory, and research gives readers a strong foundation in how the multicultural education field has developed and applies to contemporary classrooms.
  • Case Studies, content questions, and concepts provide opportunities for greater engagement, understanding, and reflection.
  • Two major case examples in every chapter illustrate the process of becoming a multicultural educator and describe common situations facing teachers and schools as they move towards multicultural education.
  • End-of-chapter study tools include chapter summaries and Application Activities which offer reflective questions, exercises, and suggestions for applying key concepts in the classroom.
  • An author-created assessment list, developed in collaboration with teachers, shows readers how to develop multicultural lesson plans. New and updated Multicultural Profile features discuss key figures in the development of multicultural education.

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