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Fielding Graduate University    
  Feb 25, 2018
Academic Catalog 2017-2018
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EDU-554 Understanding Differences: Valuing, Honoring, Supporting and Celebrating Diversity

3 semester credits
This course emphasizes: Understanding the implication for conflict between the basic assumption that a democratic society is built on the premise of equal opportunity for all and the historical control of one-leader-to-many followers; defining and creating proactive and appropriate reactive strategies to support the heterogeneity of the U.S. population; an awareness and understanding of the impact of language and culture in learning; the development and support of culturally responsive learning environments; offering many rich, varied, and potentially volatile learning/learner opportunities; understanding the growth in educational and human services manifested in the changing demographics of our society; taking into consideration, supporting, and adapting to the implications of changing family patterns, as well as the expanded need for social connections and belonging to groups and/or gangs; the broadening ethical issues and needs of our population; being grounded in special education procedures and services; supporting and applying the expanding increase in the body of knowledge focused on brain research, multiple ways of knowing, and culture; projecting valuing future need as positive tools for expanded and more diverse learning experiences for all citizens, rather than threats to our historical past; celebrating, adapting to, expanding upon, and applying multiple strategies to support diverse thinking, learning, knowledge creation, and application; creating and implementing a diversity challenge project in the pre-K-to-16/work setting. This course includes the competencies required for instructional leadership in this curricular area.
Delivery Method: In person
Grading Default: Letter

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