MULTI-CULTURAL EDUCATION

 

Statement of the philosophy or mission of the district Multicultural Education Program

 

It is the philosophy of the district as well as the mission of the district to provide learning experiences for students to obtain knowledge about and respect for the diversity and commonalties of the cultures, histories, and contributions of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans and to adequately stress the contributions of all ethnic groups.† Students shall have an equal opportunity for a quality education without discrimination, regardless of their race, religion, color, sex, marital status, national origin or disability.

 

Development of district program goals

It shall be the duty of the superintendent to develop program goals reflecting multicultural education at the local level. Generally such goals shall include, but not be limited to, infusing into all subject areas of the core curriculum in grades K-12, appropriate informational items and activities which will provide learning experiences for students in accordance with the statement of philosophy and mission of the district's Multicultural Education Program Policy.

 

It shall further be the policy of the district to include informational items in the core curriculum when educationally appropriate and when such inclusion would not cause an inappropriate deviation from the particular discipline being taught, studies relative to the culture, history, and contributions of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and all ethnic groups. Such inclusion shall place special emphasis on human relations and sensitivity toward all races as it relates to language arts, social science, science, mathematics, vocational education, foreign language, visual and performing arts, and personal health and physical fitness.

 

The board directs the administrator to use such methodologies and personnel as the administrator deems appropriate to develop a district program at the local level with due regard for the need to present knowledge about cultures, histories, and contributions of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and all ethnic groups to the local district as well as to the State of Nebraska and the various disciplines of the core curriculum.

 

The superintendent shall annually present evidence to the board that the district is teaching multicultural education in accordance with state and federal statutes. †The superintendent shall further present evidence in a form prescribed by the Nebraska Department of Education that multicultural education is being taught to students in accordance with this policy. The superintendent shall receive staff reports of multi-cultural occurrences from the certified teaching staff on a form as adopted by this policy.

 

 

Approved ________________ Reviewed _______________ Revised ________________

 

The superintendent shall periodically provide staff development for the administrative staff, the teaching staff, and support staff of the district. Such staff development shall have as its objective enabling such staff to develop an effective multicultural education program in the district.

 

The superintendent shall designate a staff committee for selecting appropriate materials for use in the program by a process of its own choosing. The committee shall report periodically on the selection of materials and its assessment of the districtís Multi-Cultural Education Program. (Exhibit "A").

 

The district will designate local community members to work with the staff committee and the administration in the development, implementation, and assessment of the multi-cultural education plan. Staff and community representatives shall include such cultural diversity of the district as may exist, if any. The district is not obligated to rely on any representatives from outside of the district in this process. However, the superintendent is not prohibited from seeking out such representatives, if needed. The board shall formally adopt a written plan for the implementation of †the districtís Multicultural Education Program and shall periodically re-evaluate this plan.

 

Legal Reference: ††††††††††††††††††† Neb. Statute 79-719 et seq.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NDE Rule 10.004.01G

 

Cross Reference:†††††††††††††††††††† 103††††† Equal Educational Opportunity

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 600††††† Goals and Objectives of the Education Program †††††††††††††††††