Broadening Our Educational Horizons
Instructor: Jerry Gottstein
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
Partner Course Fee: $695
It is essential to the American system that we learn to appreciate our diversity, to develop tolerance and to study the courage, tenacity and ambition of our past as well as our present. Join us in a variety of experiences, including spirituality, literature, music, and art and the many traditions of the diverse cultures and groups in our community. By better understanding our differences we can use the strengths of each culture to bring about a stronger community.
We will tour and meet with education directors at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota, Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, the Masjid-Ar-Rehman Mosque/Muslim Community Center and the Hmong Cultural Center. You will also learn about Latino students and their culture and gain an understanding of GLBT youth. Speakers from PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will talk about their personal experiences and will answer your questions. You will discover why it is so important that schools must have a zero tolerance policy towards harassment of any kind.
As a result of participation in this course, teachers should:
- Develop strategies for working with individuals that have different value/belief systems from theirs.
- Increase their awareness of how values are shaped by society and significant life events.
- Develop and use curricula that encourage students to understand, analyze, interpret and apply ideas from varied perspectives.
- Participate in a variety of experiences including literature, music, art, dress, food and the many traditions of the diverse cultures in our community.
- Understand the contributions and life styles of the various racial, cultural and economic groups in our society.
- Enhance learning through the use of a wide variety of instructional materials, as well as human and technological resources.
- Understand why we respond the way we do to people who are different from us and gain insight into how a better understanding of traditions and values will broaden our acceptance of each other.
- Learn about and understand GLBT youth so that they can create a safe school environment for them.
- Understand and share the concept of zero tolerance for harassment in their classrooms, school and community.
- Experience personal and professional growth and, in turn, share that growth with the many students and teachers that they will interact with.
- Develop an effective strategy for working with students of diverse backgrounds.
Fadiman, A. (1997). The spirit catches you and you fall down. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Textbook is in addition to the course fees.
The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.
You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.