Teachers Address the Challenges of a Culturally Diverse Classroom in the 21st Century

A 10-week online college course for educators
Thursdays, Feb 18-Apr 22, 4-5:30pm

In partnership with

Fitchburg State University

Originally tailored for our Masters of Education cohort, this is open to ALL Martha’s Vineyard teachers.

COURSE: Teachers Address the Challenges of a Culturally Diverse Classroom in the 21st Century
DAY: Thursdays
TIME: 4pm-6pm
DATES: February 18-April 22, 2021
DURATION: 10 weeks
LOCATION: Online via Zoom
INSTRUCTOR: Barbara-jean Chauvin
RESULT: 3 graduate credits OR non-credit professional development points (PDPs)*
PRICE (for 3 grad credits): $985 (paid to ACE MV) + $295 (paid to FSU) = $1280 total
(for non-credit PDPs): $375
*# of PDPs determined by MVYPS based on total class hours

As classroom teachers, we are challenged to address the many facets of cultural diversity through our teaching strategies and in curriculum development. However, in this age of Black Lives Matter, the Me Too Movement, and LGBTQ recognition, some of the “tried and true methods” no longer meet the needs of our diverse students. This course, based on current readings, research data, and experience, informs our discussion thereby leading us in providing a foundation for all students to be included and to achieve success. Students will examine socially constructed categories that shape many of our perceptions and can be reflected in our teaching of students. Some of these categories include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, language, background, class, learning style, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

About the instructor

Barbara-jean Chauvin, Ed.D., is in her sixth year as Asst. Principal/CTE Director of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. She recently completed her doctoral studies at Plymouth State University. Her research focused on whether general education teachers were equipped to meet their English language learner students’ needs. Before coming to the Vineyard, Barbara-jean was a teacher and administrator serving other Massachusetts school districts. She earned her Bachelors’s degree in Education and Business from Fitchburg State University and Master’s degrees in Professional Communication from Clark University and School Leadership & Administration from Worcester State University. While completing graduate work, Barbara-jean was a Graphic Design teacher and continues as an adjunct professor in curriculum development and communications.

If enrolling for credits, once you complete registration with ACE MV, you will be emailed with instructions for completing your registration at FSU.