OU to Host Equity and Diversity Seminar

485778829The Central Comprehensive Center (C3) and South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3) at the University of Oklahoma are hosting a one-and-a-half day seminar on Valuing Equity and Diversity on October 21-22, 2014.

The seminar will focus on the importance of building a school atmosphere that values equity and diversity for all students and will address how to meet the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Participants will share and learn about current and emerging research surrounding equity and diversity issues.

Dr. Paul Gorski, a leading national expert in equity and diversity issues from the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, will be the keynote speaker.

The audience for this seminar is state education agency (SEA) leadership in the C3 and SC3 regions in the areas of curriculum and instruction, counseling, special education, homeless, Title I, migrant, Native American (includes Native Alaskans, Hawaiians and American Indians) Title III and Title VII.

The Equity Assistance Centers that will partner with the C3 and SC3 regions for this seminar include: Region VI, Intercultural Development Research Association South Central Collaborative for Equity; Region VII, Midwest Equity Assistance Center; and Region VI, Intercultural Development Research Association South Central Collaborative for Equity.

Research has shown that cultural, religious, social and economic patterns of interaction guide children’s development and become the basis of their identity. Equity and diversity encompass language, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, physical/mental ability, sexuality and age.

Students bring pre-established patterns of behavior, attitudes, perspectives and expectations to classrooms. Understanding and valuing students’ individual uniqueness and perspectives will develop the students’ capacity to be sensitive, tolerant and adaptive while learning and preparing to live and work in a diverse and increasingly globalized society.

C3 and SC3 offer support through online resources, face-to-face meetings or any other approach available as requested by the SEAs as they provide districts and schools with the necessary support that ensures equity in instructional opportunities for all students. To learn more about C3 and SC3, visit www.c3ta.org and http://www.sc3ta.org/index.php.

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