This course examines issues relating to the skills that promote equal learning opportunities in the classroom, including effective approaches to working with colleagues, staff, parents, and students who are culturally, ethnically and socio- economically diverse. Interpersonal communication skills – to include speaking, listening, reading, and writing - and their effect on individuals, organizations, and communities will be discussed. Topics examined include ethnic, cultural, gender, class, religious, and linguistic diversity, as well as human exceptionality. The use of technology as an aid to effective communication will be presented. Laws and issues that have a bearing on curriculum and instruction for exceptional students will be examined.
Evaluate issues of racism, bias, and prejudice that impact the experiences of individuals and groups.
Evaluate specific issues associated with culturally diverse students.
Analyze strategies that encourage cultural awareness among students.
Create learner centered environments that maximize the use of technology to increase academic outcomes for a diverse student population. (WVPTS: 1B1,1B2,1B3,1C3,2A1,2A3,2D2,3D3,3F1); ISTE:(1b,2c,3b,4b)
Evaluate policy and curriculum that promotes cultural awareness and sensitivity among stakeholders.
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