EDUCATION THAT IS MULTICULTURAL
WEBSITES: A SAMPLER
Holocaust survivor David Katz uses prose and photographs to tell his story online. His site also includes an easy fill-out form through which readers can send him questions and comments.
Eyewitness: A North Korean Remembers
This is the online autobiography of Kim Young Sik, a North Korean participant in the Korean War. Read his stories, and email him questions and comments.
The International Education and Resource Network connects young people around the world to work collaboratively on social and global issues. The site includes a section for teachers and descriptions of current and ongoing projects.
The Multicultural Pavillion’s forum for dialogue on multicultural education and related issues.
The McGraw-Hill Multicultural Supersite houses this discussion board on multicultural education for teachers and teacher educators.
“Cyberkids Connection is a virtual place for kids to share their thoughts and ideas with each other. Cyberkids readers from all over the world are forming a global community which we hope will improve communication and understanding among all the world’s kids.”
Encyclopedia of Women’s History
Initially a project designed to house the writings of a single class, this site has become an international publishing opportunity for students writing essays about women in history. This is a great way to include student voices in the interpretation, and telling, of history.
Sojourn to America
Sojourn to America is a forum through which students share stories about how and why they, or their relatives and ancestors, came to America. Hundreds of entries are divided into continents, then countries of origin.
Voices/Multicultural Poetry and Prose Exchange
Part of the Multicultural Pavilion, this site houses a collection of poetry and other creative writing about multicultural issues, identity, and teaching, written by and for educators. Submit your writing, or learn from the experiences and voices of others.
Voices of Women Journal and Resource Guide
Voices of Women is an online collection of writing by women, about, and for women. Users are encouraged to contribute to the project by sharing their stories, information, and resources.
Cybrary of the Holocaust
This online multimedia library of resources pertaining to the Holocaust includes photographs, a teacher’s guide, poetry, and myriad other diverse learning experiences for both teachers and students.
National Civil Rights Museum Interactive
Though online a small sampling of the 100,000 square feet of documents and other media housed at the actual museum in Atlanta, Georgia, this interactive tour combines photographs and panoramic views of many of its permanent exhibits.
United Nations Cyber School Bus
The United Nations hosts this colorful multimedia virtual tour page. The site also includes lessons and materials on global issues, human rights, the environment, and poverty.
The Global Schoolhouse
Global Schoolhouose hosts several collaborative teaching opportunities to engage students in the active exchange of information and knowledge. Current projects include “Field Trips,” in which students exchange information about trips they have taken, and “Online Expeditions” in which students take virtual trips to places around the world.
Compiled and created collaboratively by teachers from Jefferson County, Colorado, Passport houses a compendium of multicultural lesson plans and ideas arranged by subject area, region, and identity dimension.
Nicknacks Telecollaborate Site
This site facilitates educational collaboration among teachers in the “global” classroom by sponsoring a lesson plan exchange, hosting discussion forums, and connecting educators who are looking for collaborative opportunities.
Includes a database of lesson plans from which to pull or to which to contribute resources as well as a forum for requesting plans and resources on a specified topic.
Advice for Effective Curriculum Transformation
This article was published in Diversity Digest, the print and online journal of DiversityWeb,. It provides useful starting points and steps for transforming curriculum at an institutional level.
Curriculum Guidelines for Multicultural Education
Prepared by the National Council for the Social Studies, this position statement lays out clear guidelines for the development and implementation of multicultural curricula. Though it is specific to Social Studies, this piece does a good job of framing the need for, and the approach for, an overall transformation of the curriculum.
Multicultural Supersite: Curriculum Transformation
McGraw-Hill’s Multicultural Supersite includes this collection of informational resources that help teachers and teacher educators develop theoretically and pragmatically sound conceptualization for multicultural curriculum transformation. Among the resources available on this site are a “Q&A” through which the site author answers users’ questions about multicultural curriculum and an article on steps for transforming curriculum.
Discovery Channel School
The Discovery Channel hosts this site which includes resources for teachers, students, and parents. The tachers section includes a collection of lesson plans, many with multicultural themes. The student section includes several online learning activities as well as an online history encyclopedia.
Clearninghouse for Multicultural/Bilingual Education
Maintained by Weber State University, this site serves as an index of commercial and non-commercial resources on multicultural and bilingual education.
The purposes of the Multicultural Pavilion are to provide resources for educators to explore and discuss multicultural education; to facilitate opportunities for educators to work toward self-awareness and development; and to provide forums for educators to interact and collaborate toward a critical, transformative approach to multicultural education. The site offers a plethora of theoretical and practical resources including awareness activities, dialogue forums, collections of original papers and research, an intercultural poetry exchange, and a host of collaborative opportunities for teachers and students.
New Horizons 8th Floor: Multicultural Education
The 8th Floor represents just one of several sets of resources housed within the New Horizons Web site. Its is primarily a collection of articles and short papers on multicultural education and related topics.
Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research
This Center, located at the University of Southern California, conducts and facilitates research on bilingual, multicultural, and crosscultural education. The Center also serves as a starting point for teachers seeking information about these educational approaches.
Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence
Through research, publication, and education, CREDE works to assist linguistic and cultural minority students in their attempts to achieve academically to their highest potentials.
National Association for Multicultural Education
NAME is the largest organization in the world specifically dedicated to the ideals and principles of multicultural education. The site contains information on NAME’s national conference, quarterly journal, and national listserv on multicultural issues in education.
National Multicultural Institute
First created in the early 1980s to answer a nationwide need for more information and training opportunities related to diversity, NMCI remains one of the leaders in this field through conferences, trainings, and publications.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a magazine through which teachers share ideas and resources about how to encourage appreciation of differences among students.
The University of Maryland offers this massive collection of resources and links related to diversity. Resources are organized several different ways, including by specific diversity topic including Age, Class, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Disability, Gender, National Origin, Race, and Ethnicity.
Inclusion: Yours, Mine, Ours
Rush Services hosts this collection of resources designed to help teachers more effectively include children with special needs in their classrooms. Register for their free newsletter that includes specific and practical information on classroom inclusion.
K-5 Cyber Trail: Multicultural Curriculum Resources
K-5 Cybertrail, an index of sites and materials for educators, includes this section to specifically highlight multicultural resources.
this interactive guide contains information and resources for students, teachers, and parents on various learning disabilities. The site includes first person accounts, audio clips, discussion forums, and other teaching and learning tools. Teachers are encouraged to submit the work and stories of their own students with regards to learning disabilities.
Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education
EMME is a purely electronic magazine that publishes curricular tools and ideas, reviews of multicultural media, and scholarly essays on multicultural education. Each issue focuses on a particular theme, the most recent being “Understanding One’s Own Culture through Cultural Artifacts.”
Available in Spanish, Italian, and English, this online magazine, focuses on multiculturalism, internationalism, and social disintegration. Multicultural Graffiti has an international staff of editors and contributors with representatives from Columbia, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Singapore, and Brazil.
Though this site serves mostly as an advertisement for this quarterly journal for all people interested in remaining informed about trends and publications related to cultural diversity and multiculturalism, it also contains each issue’s reviews of books, videos, and other educational resources .
A Brief History of Multicultural Education
Part of the Multicultural Supersite’s Multicultural Philosophy Series, this article by Paul Gorski examines the roots of multicultural education and how its focus has become increasingly more progressive.
Defining Multicultural Education
Paul Gorski provides a holistic definition of multicultural education that focuses on three levels of transformation: 1) the transformation of self; 2) the transformation of schools and schooling; and 3) the transformation of society.
Enhancing Multicultural Education with Technology
Kay W. Allen of the University of Central Florida explores ways in which Internet technologies can supplement multicultural teaching and learning.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education
A host of articles and resources are categorized under headings that include “Community Involvement,” “Curriculum and Instruction,” “Equity and Cultural Diversity,” and “School Reform.”
Keith Wilson provides this introductory look at the pros and cons of education, and at what the results of multicultural education should look like.
Multicultural Education: A Blueprint for Acton
The National Council on Educating Black Children wrote this strategic plan for implementing multicultural education. The article is organized around a chronology of five implementation tasks.
Multicultural Education in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Michael Webb wrote this article about the implementation of multicultural programs in K-12 schools. He explores the goals of these programs and their effect on students.
The Multicultural Pavillion International Project
This collection of original articles and essays on multicultural education and related topics is one of the most popular sections of the Multicultural Pavillion Web site.
NCBE’s Online Library
The National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education hosts this online library of hundreds of articles and publications related to curriculum and instruction, language and culture, education research, and many other related topics.
Preparing Educators for Multicultural Classrooms
Carolyn M. Penny, Albert Forney, and Tanya Millner Harlee, graduate students in Education Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill collaborated on this examination of current oppressive trends in education and practical suggestions for how to counteract them through multicultural education.
Varieties of Multicultural Education
ERIC’s Clearinghouse on Urban Education includes this article by Gary Burnett about different conceptualizations of multicultural education and how understanding them can help all of us develop more effective programs.
What Makes a School Multicultural?
Caleb Rosado explores the meaning of “multiculturalism” and how it relates to school change. He moves this conversation into a conceptual framework for multicultural education.
Whites in Multicultural Education: Rethinking Our Role
Gary Howard challenges white educators to think more critically and reflectively about transformative approaches for multicultural education. He does this, in part, by sharing his own powerful and intriguing experiences with multicultural teaching and learning.
A to Z Teacher Stuff Thematic Units Index
A to Z Teacher Stuff provides this collection of hundreds of resources organized into thematic units. Some units include Me, Family, Around the World, and Ancient Egypt.
The Academy Curriculum Exchange
A consortium of teachers from 14 states created the core of this lesson plan database, Now, The Academy Curriculum Exchange houses over 700 lesson plans in all subject areas. Many of these have a multicultural flavor, including “Awareness to Culture by Self-Esteem,” and “Critical Thinking Skills.” Users are encouraged to expand the site by donating their ideas and lesson plans.
AskERIC Lesson Plans
Over 1,100 lesson plans are housed in this section of the ERIC’s Web site. These plans have been submitted and reviewed by teachers all over the world and cover all subject areas. Search by subject area or keyword.
Hall of Multiculturalism
The Texas Education Network hosts this index of sites, organized around racial and ethnic identities. Categories include “African/African American,” “Asian American,” “Indigenous People,” “Latino/Chicano/Hispano/Mexican,” and “Native American.”
Multicultural Paths is the Multicultural Pavilion’s index of related sites. Entries are divided into categories and subcategories including “Culture,” “Language,” “Online Journals,” “Social Action and Human Rights,” and “Online Literature.”
Multicultural Perspectives in Mathematics Education
University of Georgia’s Department of Mathmetics hosts this resource directory to help educators understand the role of multicultural teaching and learning in mathematics education. The site includes an annotated bibliography, dissertation references, and Web links.
Profile of Equitable Mathematics and Science Classroom and Teacher
Joy Wallace of the Columbia Education Center developed this set of equity guidelines for math and science classrooms and teachers. Special attention is given to physical environment, curriculum, language, pedagogy, behavior management, and assessment.