Implications For School Districts : Multicultural Education

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Implications for School Districts Multicultural education encompasses a variety of instructional methods designed to support the social and academic needs of the learners within the educational environment. Banks (2002) discusses several benefits to incorporating different cultures into a school’s curriculum as well as a strategic plan for executing the strategies. Restructuring a school’s curriculum is an enormous task that requires planning, professional development, monitoring, and evaluation from various stakeholders in the school community. In order to restructure a school’s curriculum, create a paradigm shift for educators, and successfully implement change, there must be a concerted effort from school administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members (Assaf et al., 2010; Bhargava, Hawley, & Scott, 2004). School administrators play essential roles in creating and maintaining learning environments that embrace diversity, promote inclusion, and expand the curriculum to legitimately discuss the social, political, and educational contributions of individuals with cultural similarities that mirror those of the students who make up the student population. School leaders should collaborate with stakeholders to develop strategies, and monitor the efforts of implementation to identify strengths and weaknesses. In order to successfully transition into a new method of providing instruction to students, teachers will need inordinate amounts of support that
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