Prepare to be able to reach all students, regardless of level of English spoken.
If you are an in-service educator with an early childhood (PreK-2) elementary (1-6), or moderate disabilities (PreK-8) Massachusetts Initial or Professional license, you can take this licensure-only option to become more responsive to the needs of students whose first language is not English. Coursework covers language acquisition, culturally responsive teaching, teaching content areas, teaching literacy and literature, and assessment. The program finishes with a half-practicum and seminar, and students completing the program will be eligible for Initial licensure in ESL. Program is pending approval by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
This course sets the foundation for creating meaningful and relevant teaching and learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Legal issues and a historical perspective are used to examine the student's civil rights and the ways that prejudice, culture, language diversity, and socioeconomic factors influence the student's academic success or lack of it within the current system and under the current policies. The cultures of the student's state are studied and used in planning and cultivating culturally responsive learning/instruction and positive cultural identity in the family and community relations. Intercultural communication at the local, national, and international level is addressed. Participants engage in self-study, write their own cultural and linguistic autobiography, identify and utilize cultural resources in the community, and plan to actively involve linguistically diverse families in the school environment.
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