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EQUITY FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS

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The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by the year 2060, the U.S. will become a nation of minorities when the non-Hispanic white population no longer makes up a majority of the nation. These changes in demographics are reflected in the school age population and must be reflected in the classrooms and practices that teach these children.

In education, the term equity refers to the principle of fairness. While it is often used interchangeably with the related principle of equality, equity encompasses a wide variety of educational models, programs, and strategies that may be considered fair, but not necessarily equal. It is has been said that “equity is the process; equality is the outcome,” given that equity—what is fair and just—may not, in the process of educating students, reflect strict equality—what is applied, allocated, or distributed equally.

- The Glossary of Education Reform

 

Multicultural education is a progressive approach for transforming education that holistically critiques and responds to discriminatory policies and practices in education. It is grounded in ideals of social justice, education equity, critical pedagogy, and a dedication to providing educational experiences in which all students reach their full potentials as learners and as socially aware and active beings, locally, nationally, and globally. Multicultural education acknowledges that schools are essential to laying the foundation for the transformation of society and the elimination of injustice.

The underlying goal of multicultural education is to affect social change. The pathway toward this goal incorporates three strands of transformation:

  • the transformation of self;
  • the transformation of schools and schooling; and
  • the transformation of society.

- Dr. Paul C. Gorski

Click here to see highlights of Dr.Gorski's presentation

RELATED EVENTS

Cultivating Equity-Oriented Educators: What SEAs Can do to Promote Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practices at the LEA Level Webinar

This webinar was part of the series "Moving Toward a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: A Call for Action" on providing a framework for SEAs to support districts and schools to transform teaching ensuring academic achievement for ALL STUDENTS.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: An Effective Tool in Systemic School Transformation Under ESSA Webinar

This webinar was part of the series "Moving Toward a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: A Call for Action" on providing a framework for SEAs to support districts and schools to transform teaching ensuring academic achievement for ALL STUDENTS.

ESL Coaches Academy

This resource provides a webinar series of six videos from the South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) at the University of Oklahoma presented by ELL and Migrant Education Technical Assistance Coordinator Rosie Garcia-Belina, Ed.D., for the Louisiana Department of Education. Webinar titles include the following:

  •     An Introduction by Rosie Garcia-Belina, Ed.D.;
  •     Promoting Instructional Practices for English Language Learners;
  •     Implications in Establishing Language Support Programs for English Language Learners;
  •     Newcomers Programs / Language Support Programs;
  •     Promising Instructional Practices for English Language Learners; and
  •     English Language Learners with Exceptional Needs — Part II.

ELL Community of Practice Webinar: Acquiring a Second Language

This is the third webinar of the Community of Practice established between LDE leadership, Points of Contact, and SC3. The topic is Second Language Acquisition. This webinar is part of a series of 12 presentations to support LDE in its ELL Program.

ELL Community of Practice Webinar: Law and Policy Day 2

This is the second webinar of the Community of Practice established between LDE leadership, Points of Contact, and SC3. The topic is Law and Policy Part 2. This webinar is part of a series of 12 presentations to support LDE in its ELL Program.

ELL Community of Practice Webinar: Law and Policy Day 1

This is the first webinar of the Community of Practice established between LDE leadership, Points of Contact, and SC3. The topic is Law and Policy Part 1. This webinar is part of a series of 12 presentations to support LDE in its ELL Program.

Valuing Equity and Diversity

C3 and SC3 planned and delivered a day and a half seminar to invited state leadership focused on valuing equity and diversity in public education. The purpose of the seminar was to develop a better understanding of the compeling national interest in equity and diversity and its importance in public education at state and local levels. The seminar featured keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Gorski, a leading national expert in equity and diversity issues in education from the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. Content experts from the Midwest Equity Assistance Center, and the South Central Collaborative for Equity presented current trends and issues, facilitated follow-up discussions, and participated in a panel discussion with follow-up intra- and inter-states discussions.

Turning Around Low Performing Schools with Significant American Indian Student Populations

The South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3), Anadarko Public Schools (APS), and University of Virginia Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (UVA-PLE) hosted a webinar about "Turning Around Low Performing Schools with Significant American Indian Student Populations" on Monday, April 6, 2015. APS presented about its successful experience in turning around low performing schools with significant populations of American Indian students. Unique roles of Indian Education Coordinators in supporting turnaround of schools with significant populations of American Indian students was also discussed, along with similar and different approaches used in other schools in Indian Country. The goals of this webinar were to increase knowledge of key components in school turnaround work, understand the impact of the role of Indian Education Coordinators in supporting school turnaround, and understand how to apply the key components of turnaround in a school or district with a significant population of American Indian students, as well as all other groups of students. This webinar is a part of the Cross-center Indian Education Collaborative.

Common Core for ELLs

This page contains information presented by Dr. Rosie Garcia-Belina regarding the intersection of the Common Core Standards and English language learners.

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

SC3 Projects Update (Dec. 2017)

SC3's recent work is highlighted on Teacher & Leader Effectiveness in Oklahoma and ESL Coaching Model in Louisiana.

C3 Projects Update (Dec. 2017)

C3's recent work is highlighted on Strategic Performance Management in Kansas and English Language Development in Missouri.

Support for Equity and Diversity (C3/SC3 Projects Update May 2016)

Read more about the timeline the ongoing support C3, SC3, and collaborators have provided to build SEA leadership capacity to support districts and schools, with the ultimate goal of closing achievement gaps among diverse student populations and improving teaching and learning for all students.

Valuing Equity and Diversity: Considerations to Close Achievements Gaps

C3 and SC3 at the University of Oklahoma are hosting a one-and-a-half day seminar on Valuing Equity and Diversity on Tuesday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

OSDE Online Curriculum Resources

OSDE Online Curriculum Resource Press Conference on July 11, 2014.

Oklahoma Native Language Certification Committee: Teaching Native Languages in Oklahoma Public Schools Video (April 2014)

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