Recommended Teaching Curriculums and Workshops

Recommended Teaching Curriculums and Workshops

Welcoming Schools

Welcoming Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. Welcoming Schools provides administrators, educators and parents/guardians with the resources necessary to create learning environments in which all learners are welcomed and respected.

The Welcoming Schools Guide offers tools, lessons and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and ending bullying and name-calling. The primer version of the Guide, An Introduction to Welcoming Schools, is a 93 page resource available for download in its entirety.

Welcoming Schools has been piloted and evaluated in three school districts in Calif., Mass. and Minn. With the completion of the pilots, the project will move toward broader distribution of the Welcoming Schools Guide.

Initiated by a group of parents and educators to meet the needs of students whose family structures are not well represented or included in school environments, Welcoming Schools is also a response to educators who have asked for tools to address bias-based name-calling and bullying. Additionally, it offers a wide range of resources for school administrators and educators to support students who don’t conform to gender norms.
Making Diversity Count

Making Diversity Count is an online professional development tool for educators to build respectful and inclusive classrooms.

The Anti-Defamation League created Making Diversity Count through its
, a leading provider of anti-bias education and diversity training programs and resources. The Institute seeks to help participants recognize bias and the harm it inflicts on individuals and society; explore the value of diversity; improve intergroup relations; and combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry.


Echoes and Reflections

Echoes and Reflections is the result of an unprecedented partnership among three leaders in education: the Anti-Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and Yad Vashem. This resource includes everything teachers need to teach the complex issues of the Holocaust and its lessons for today.

Drawing on the memories of the past, Yad Vashem aims to strengthen commitment to Jewish continuity and protect basic human values. Yad Vashem recently launched its Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names onto the Internet and an 11th Hour International Campaign is underway to collect nearly three million missing names. Yad Vashem recently completed a ten-year campus and program development initiative that culminated in the opening of the new Holocaust History Museum.

For more information about Yad Vashem, visit

Whether teaching a full semester Holocaust Studies course or including information about the Holocaust in a unit of study on World War II, this curriculum allows teachers to choose as little or as much material as they can cover in a specific time period and still cover the subject matter effectively. Developed primarily for use with high school students, the Echoes and Reflections curriculum has also been adapted successfully to accommodate both younger and older students.

Ten multi-part lessons are provided with a companion DVD of over two-and-a-half hours of visual history testimony from survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Each of the interdisciplinary lessons is supported with numerous primary source documents, including poems, literature excerpts, maps, photographs, timelines, a glossary, and student handouts.

Close to forty journal assignments are included in Echoes and Reflections. These journal assignments encourage students to reflect on what they are learning, to record their feelings and reactions to the information, and to think about how the material has meaning in their own lives and in society. Journals also serve as a mechanism by which students create their own primary source material.



14th Annual Developing a Multicultural Curriculum Institute

14th Annual Developing a Multicultural Curriculum Institute

August 19-21, 2009 * 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Ledyard, CT

About the Institute: Since 1995, more than 4,000 people have attended this nationally recognized training program – Developing a Multicultural Curriculum (DMC). Developed originally in 1994 under a federal grant, DMC was created to meet the needs of teachers wishing to learn more effective strategies to teach minority students but also schools that wanted a curriculum that would prepare all students for a diverse workforce and a global economy. The 1996 Connecticut school desegregation case, Sheff v O’Neill and the enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation in 2002 further highlighted the need for a curriculum that included more culturally responsive teaching strategies, as well as more content about different cultures.

Who should attend? Preschool educators and staff, elementary, middle and high school teachers; administrators and support personnel; student teachers, teacher educators, and members of the school community who want to support a culturally responsive curriculum while working toward eliminating bias and harassment in schools.

What is the content? The three days will follow a model based on four key steps to becoming a multicultural educator: awareness, knowledge, skills and action. These steps include awareness of how culture affects teaching and learning, the knowledge we need to be culturally responsive, how to create multicultural lesson plans; and how to develop an individual and organizational action plan. The highly interactive format will use videos, mini-lectures, experiential exercises, and small and large group discussions. Each participant will receive an extensive resource manual and a DVD.

There will be drawings for free textbooks.

Participants will work in-class to develop a multicultural lesson plan format. Continental breakfast, lunch and tour of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum are included!

Participants will learn:* the four key elements that enable all students to achieve high standards;* the 13 knowledge bases of diversity (based on the NCATE standards)* the 15-30 teaching strategies needed by today’s educators to meet the learning needs of all students;* the seven cultural competency skills required for the workplace;* to define multicultural education and develop lesson plans and curriculum accordingly;* to consider strategies to address issues of race, ethnicity and economic isolation outlined in Sheff v. O’Neill; and* the implications for multicultural education in NCLB.

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Registration Deadline: July 31, 2009

Comments from Past Participants

All teachers should have the opportunity to spend a few days together and reflect on the issues we have had the opportunity to reflect upon. The time needed should be given/granted. Nuria Vidal, Education Advisor – Consulate of Spain, New York City

I found the workshop helped me synthesize multicultural education theory and I now have skills to move theory into practice. Cindy Sammons, Multicultural Consultant, Chicago, IL

We all need to develop/change our ways of thinking about multicultural education and educating multiculturally, and this workshop had a great mix of theoretical and practical information and process. Philip Hall, Middle School Teacher/Diversity Coordinator – The Wheeler School, Providence RI

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. Lucy Mule, Assistant Professor, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Top quality program. A great value for personal and academic work. Moses Stambler, Program Social Worker, Southern Connecticut State University

The materials and positive manner that it was presented provides educators with a non-threatening means of bringing MCE to their colleagues and staff. Jack Ceccolini, Assistant Principal, Rochambeau M.S.

This was one of the most interesting and certainly the most useful workshop I have attended in 25 years of teaching. I was sorry to see the workshop end.  The books and handouts were relevant and will be utilized constantly. Carol M. Carpenter, Social Studies Teacher, Mystic Middle School

This workshop is a must for any educator-teacher, administrator, parent, office supervisor – to understand how to create an environment that provides safety, acceptance, and freedom to live and learn in our ever-changing world. Abbe Karmen, MS History Teacher, Greenwich Academy

>From the workshop I learned that the value of multicultural awareness will not be exclusively implemented in an educational curriculum, but to practice and share the same principles with our own family members. Ivonne Gigueroa, Family Advocate Head Start, WECC – Windham Public Schools

This workshop is powerful and transforming! It not only teaches about and how to use multicultural education, but it also reaches each participant on a personal level, helping to inspire us on each of our own journeys – Personal as well as professional. Karianna Rosenberg, Multi-Cultural Specialist Educator, Storyteller/ Spanish and ESL Teacher

Through this in-service program I have developed a greater respect, knowledge and empathy for my fellow human beings who live on our tiny planet Earth. Philip J. Insalaco, Head Teacher – Ken Gunderam Early Care and Education Center, Taftville, CT

The active, hands-on approach is wonderful…sensitive sharing of personal stories helped us all open up…lively, animated games inspired us to do more with our own students.  On top of this, the content and approach to multiculturalism is perfect! Ruth Rose, 3rd Grade Teacher, Madison-Island Ave. School

All school staff should have these 3 days of enlightenment!  In fact all people should!  Many ideas were ones I’ve had for years, but this forced me to slow down to think about them more and have a very meaningful exchange with others.  Barbara Carman, South Elementary South, Windsor Locks, CT

The workshop was wonderful.  I wish my whole school staff was here.  I’m going to encourage all of them to go to the next one. Rebecca Earl, Language Arts Teacher – Memorial Boulevard Middle School, Middletown, CT

A very powerful tool to be used in our schools.  I think every teacher should be exposed to this workshop. Armanzo Zarazu, Torrington Spanish Teacher, Torrington High School

The collaborative approach used throughout the workshop encouraged the sharing of multiple perspectives.  This was a wonderful experience to warm the heart, tickle the funnybone, and inspire the mind! Mary Gates, Grade 5 Teacher – Whisconier Middle School, Brookfield, CT

Absolutely fantastic workshop from the activities on day 1 to the movie “Color of Fear” on day 3 the program was outstanding.  The material presented was timely and practical.  The facilitator set an atmosphere that prompted an incredible honest, open dialogue.  It was a positive, enlightening experience.  It will change how I view multiculturalism forever.  Every teacher and administrator should take this workshop. Carol McMahon, Cranbury, CT

This workshop is like no other I have ever had the opportunity to experience.  We have a moral responsibility to hear and try to understand what needs to be said.  It will change your life. Maria Ierard, Department of Mental Retardation, West Region, CT

Wow! What a great workshop.  It was informative enlightening and fun.  I felt safe to share feelings and express opinions.  It was a great opportunity to network. Andrea Kelly, Program Coordinator -Kids Korner at Northern Middlesex YMCA

This workshop gave me many meaningful activities to use in my classroom. I was able to learn new content in a non-threatening way.  Every teacher and administrator should attend this workshop! Christina Carmon, South Elementary School, CT

I feel charged to completely create my program to be truly multicultural.  I now have the tools to support my staff that they are a vital part in the students’ lives and what they learn in their journey to becoming “whole.”    I applaud you on how you created a safe environment in the first hour.  Terri Delahanty, Coordinator Extended Day Program – University of Hartford Magnet School

Thank you for teaching me so much and for making me feel so welcomed! Lupe Vivier, 4th Grade Home Room Teacher – The Wheeler School – Providence, RI

This was a most exciting and enjoyable workshop. It was well paced and, as should be, quite diverse, especially the workshops staff. This should be a required workshop for all school staff. James Mays, Teacher, Adult Education-Hartford

A liberating experience. I have great pride in having lived through these decades of change -I look forward to being an agent of change and looking for the gifts in all people. Merrilee Gladkosky, Art/Enrichment Specialist, Chester Elementary

It is a wonderful experience; it is a “real learning experience”. During those three days I had the opportunity to think, and realized how important it is to be proud of our roots. Carmen Martinez Rivera, Bilingual Educator, E.C. Goodwin

This workshop not only is helpful in creating a curriculum that is multicultural, but does so in a way that can be incorporated the next day.  It also naturally created ways to have all of the subjects be fully integrated in a way that is meaningful and effective.  It is done in such a way that will be easy for every educator- arts, academics, and support. etc., to implement naturally.  “A whole new school without all the work!” Kate Eskra, Arts Integration Teacher, Interdistrict School For Arts and Communication

This was an absolutely inspiring, enlightening and affirming experience. The content was applicable, the presenters excellent and the group phenomenal. Kathleen Marzano, Fourth Grade Teacher, Pine Grove School

I believe that this workshop should be mandated by the state or town. Even though I am a race/culture seminar facilitator and have a lot of experience in this area, I certainly needed this workshop to learn how to institutionalize multicultural curriculum into my school with the help of administration and other staff members. Arlene Berkowitz, Teacher (ESL), Windham Middle School

Incredibly relevant and timely topic accompanied by accessible materials and activities. This was a user-friendly workshop, I will implement throughout my years as an educator. Michele Nunn, Teacher Grade 7, Dolan Middle School

Excellent forum for discussion!  Eye opening in terms of teacher needs, perceptions and stumbling blocks and incorporating Multicultural Education across the curriculum. Christine Smith Willett, Children’s Reference Librarian, Mashantucket Pequot Museum Research Center

As a first year teacher, I feel this seminar will be extremely helpful in developing my personal teaching “style”. Melissa J. Hoyt, Special Education Teacher, Plainfield Central Middle School

This multicultural curriculum workshop was one of the most valuable professional development experiences I’ve had.  Everyone left changed and convinced there was some specific thing she could do. Thanks all of you, You made it a wonderful experience. Anne Alpert, Director, Side by Side Community School