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Multicultural Curriculum Network

                                                                              

College of Liberal Arts                                                                            Texas Chapter of the National Association
Center for Multicultural and Gender                                                                                 of Multicultural Education
Studies
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas  78666-4616
office: 512.245.2361
fax: 512.245.1414

 

Multicultural Curriculum Network

 

Directors & TXNAME Board Members

Dr. Patricia Larke
Texas A&M University
Dr. Sandra Mayo
Texas State University

 

Introduction

Description

The Multicultural Curriculum Network offers in-service training in multicultural curriculum transformation to public school educators serving grades K-12 in the State of Texas. The Network is comprised of a group of professionals, including public school educators and university professors with a background in multicultural education who have attended the 4-hour certification training at the annual conference of the Texas Chapter of NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education). The Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos will serve as the hub for the network; and, in that capacity, will send promotional materials to the schools, connect schools with certified trainers, and manage a website of related materials for the workshops and for follow-up activities. The training will be aligned with TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).To assess the effectiveness of the initiative, the public school educator workshop participants will submit reports on their learning outcome measures based on surveys and other assessment instruments given to their students after teaching their transformed curriculum. The educators will also complete surveys after the workshop and teaching experiences to assess their attitudes about the workshop experience and teaching the transformed curriculum. All Texas schools will be eligible to receive certified trainers. Grant funding will be used to underwrite the training for high priority schools.

 

Goals

Network and Training Institute

  • To establish and maintain a network of trained and certified multicultural educators to present workshops to public school educators in Texas
  • To establish an annual training and certification Institute at the annual TXNAME conference
  • To present 6- to 8-hour workshops in the public schools on multicultural curriculum transformation based on requests from the schools
  • To establish an online vehicle for follow-up with schools after the training session
  • To establish an outcomes measures reporting system for the public schools

Diverse Student Achievement

  • To enhance teacher attitudes, knowledge and understanding related to diversity content and pedagogy
  • To enhance students’ greater knowledge and understanding of the history, traditions and perspectives of diverse groups
  • To enhance students’ acceptance and respect and sensitivity to cultural differences
  • To improve student achievement and graduation rates
  • To help students achieve in all TEKS areas, including the multicultural areas