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ERIC Number: EJ762664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Making It Personal: FCS Diversity Awareness
Birch, Marie
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v99 n1 p15-16 2007
As the demographics of schools change, school leaders and teachers are challenged with meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population. Schools and classroom instruction must change in response to the community and students they serve. The latest research on secondary school reforms concludes that efforts to create a caring, responsive school community does result in improved academic achievement. The author began working 9 years ago on a project to personalize the FCS program in a large inner city high school--Cranston High School East in Cranston, Rhode Island. It is now the home to an award-winning FCS-sponsored Diversity Awareness Program. The goals of the program are to help students meet key FCS standards, to personalize a large school community, and to fulfill the school's mission of graduating respectful, ethical, responsible, and courteous individuals, who can work independently and cooperatively. The program has shown that promoting an appreciation of diversity brings relevant teen issues to light, allows them to work more effectively with students, and improves the school climate and spirit. The program helps to promote FCS content areas, expands students' knowledge, makes learning relevant, and aids in diminishing social ills that plague society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island