ERIC Number: ED421555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
A District-Wide Multi-cultural High School Curriculum.
Nisivoccia, Joseph D.
This document contains a proposal for a district-wide multicultural high school curriculum for the Belleville Public Schools, Edison (New Jersey). The curriculum is designed to promote student bonding for peace and harmony by focusing on the total school environment and raising student, parent and staff consciousness about the many different cultures of the community and their contributions to society. It will help students develop positive self-esteem as students of different cultural backgrounds learn to understand and accept each other. The planned "culturally coherent multicultural curriculum" is a diverse curriculum that is connected in visible and explicit ways to show a sense of compelling purpose in education. Enlisting public support is an integral feature of the curriculum development plan. Planned outcomes include student outcomes in learning, behavior, and skill areas. Learning activities will include a variety of approaches, including arts, role plays, multicultural ceremonies and celebrations, group work, field trips, class projects, and other acknowledgments of ethnicity and cultural diversity. Evaluation will be the final component of the curriculum. This document contains the Executive Summary, which serves as an introduction to the planned curriculum, the curriculum proposal with plans for its development by a 21-member committee, a discussion of the instructional and methodological approach to be taken, and a funding proposal for implementation in the school district. Appendix A to Part 2, the curriculum proposal, reviews the legal authority for the curriculum and Appendix B contains four handouts for public information. Part 3, "Instructional and Methodological Approach," contains two appendixes, a positive framework for ability grouping and a summary of content and learner outcomes. Part 4, the funding proposal, contains three appendixes: (1) readings on racism and education; (2) a sample letter for parents; and (3) a bibliography of works on the educator J. H. Pestalozzi. (Contains 36 references.) (SLD)
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