ERIC Number: ED370242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Valuing Diversity in Schools: A Model for Systemic Restructuring.
Hanson, Katherine; Avery, Maria Paz
The nation is currently struggling with the question of educating American children for a successful future, but little discussion has examined how to prepare both the educational system and adults within that system to help each student achieve. One such effort, Valuing Diversity in Schools, addresses policy, leadership development, and multicultural education in a restructuring process that focuses on the appreciation of diversity. The Center for Equity and Cultural Diversity at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), has collaborated with several Indiana school districts to develop a restructuring approach that creates supportive structural conditions at the district and community levels. Although implementation differed at each district, some of the first-year results include: a working model for multicultural schools; positive parent-teacher relationships; a strengthened link between schools and religious institutions; staff development programs; and increased interaction among diverse community groups. Using a pluralistic perspective, the Valuing Diversity in Schools model addresses four components of restructuring--student experiences, teachers' professional lives, school governance, and school-community collaboration. The model is based on the belief that democracy must be modeled in the educational system, and includes these program elements: district and school-site teams; trained peer facilitators; a team-member conference; climate surveys and data collection; and action plans. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Middle Schools Association (Portland, OR, November 1993).