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Multicultural Education: A Foundation Course

2015 NAME Silver Anniversary Conference

October 1-4, 2015  – Sheraton New Orleans

Register at – Fee – $25.00


Founded in 1990, NAME has become the premier national and international organization that is committed to issues of equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice in schooling.

Here is one of the many exciting offerings:


Multicultural Education:
A Foundation Course

This Intensive Institute is designed for those individuals wishing to take a course in multicultural education. Those individuals who wish to design or revise a course in multicultural education will also benefit.  The institute will review definitions, goals, theories and application. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the various components of a course along with suggestions on the do’s and don’ts of in teaching about multicultural education.
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Dr. Bill Howe 
Past President of NAME

Dr. María Gabriel
Co-President of Colorado NAME


“The workshop was an emotional roller coaster but so well worth the ride. I have now been to a Professional Development that touched my heart so deeply.”

Grade 4 Teacher, Elementary Magnet School

“I have attended many workshops focused on multiculturalism.  But this workshop was the best I’ve participated in.  Not only did I learn and receive much information,I have concrete ideas and plans to implement in my classroom and school. “

Learning Center Specialist, Community School, St L Louis, MO

“The institute helped me tremendously to crystallize my thinking for how to engage students in multicultural theory and practice. I will continue to review my practice and how I can infuse what I learned for the benefit of my students.”
                                              Assistant Professor of Education, Seattle, WA 

“Wonderful learning experience.  I was able to pick up a number of strategies and skills that I could use with my student teachers in helping them develop a multicultural approach in their teaching.”

Assistant Professor, Smith College, Northampton, MA


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10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools



Teachers are some of my favorite people in the world. I mean I really love teachers! They tend to be enthusiastic about changing society, and more often than not, they care so deeply about their work and their students. What’s not to like?

As a former teacher myself, I feel so very fortunate to meet teachers from all over the United States in my work. Despite all of the BS that teachers have to deal with in our political climate, they remain optimistic about the state of education, which honestly blows my mind.

It is from this place of love that I work with teachers to help them improve their practice. And with the realities of the “education debt” and considering that 80% of our teachers are Whitewhile nearly half (and growing) of our students are youth of Color, part of improving teaching practice means paying more critical attention to race in our schools.

Though I know there are actively racist teachers out there, most White teachers mean well and have no intention of being racist. Yet as people who are inscribed with Whiteness, it is possible for us to act in racist ways no matter our intentions. Uprooting racism from our daily actions takes a lifetime of work.

Thus, as we head into the first weeks of school all over the US, here are 10 ways that White teachers introduce racism into our schools paired with things we can do instead.

1. Lowering or Raising Achievement Expectations Based on Race/Ethnicity

It’s probably best to start with one of the more common and obvious ways that racism can enter teaching practice: our expectations of student ability and achievement.

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are constantly inundated with racist messaging about what students can and can’t achieve.

Whether we see media narratives about the math prodigy Asian students or the “ghetto” Black students who are reading 5 grade levels behind, we end up getting pretty clear messages long before we start teaching about what our student can handle.

In my own teaching, I know that I had a hard time actually teaching my students within theirZPDs because I was told from before I even started teaching that they simply weren’t capable of writing complex papers about world events. But they could! All it took was coordinated effort from multiple teachers pushing them as hard as we could!

We know that the expectations students are held to often correlate less to their ability than their race and class, so what should we do about it?

What to Do Instead  – read more 


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