Educators Course Promotes Understanding & Multicultural Learning Environments

educatorsinstituteNEW BRUNSWICK—From the recent rash of hate crimes after the Boston Marathon bombing to the Oak Creek (Wisc.) massacre, senseless acts of violence against Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, and others because of the color of their skin, national origin, or religious beliefs are on the rise nationwide.

“Many of the issues we are facing today stem from a lack of positive interactions with differences,” says the American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “We need to provide more education to interrupt these negative attitudes and behaviors and prevent hate crimes. The Educators’ Institute gives teachers the tools and skills to effective implement multicultural education!”

Now in its eighth year, the American Conference on Diversity, in cooperation with the Peter Sammartino School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) and with generous support from Wells Fargo Bank, will offer “The Power of Educators: Creating Multicultural Learning Environments” through our Educators’ Institute in June and July. The intensive four-day course combines instruction, experiential activities, facilitated dialogue, and small group work for teachers, administrators, counselors, and teachers-in-training who are interested in building more inclusive and affirming classrooms.

The featured presenter will be one of our 2012 Greater Bergen Chapter Humanitarian Award honorees and published author, Fairleigh Dickinson University Associate Professor of Education Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi. “We all have biases and we have to learn to recognize them,” says Dr. Joshi. “This Institute aims to do just that.”

Educators receive 28 CEUs for participating in the Educators’ Institute series, which will be offered twice. From June 25-28, the series will be held at FDU’s College at Florham. From July 9- 12, the series will be held at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. The Institute will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The registration fee is $265. Breakfast, lunch, and all program materials are included. Advance registration is required at Non-refundable registration fees apply. Register by 5 p.m. EDT May 24, for the June session, and July 21 for the July session.

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