STAY ON COURSE IN A DIVERSE WORLD WORKSHOP

Helping college educators implement On Course principles and practices with culturally diverse students

Colleges and universities have more learners than ever before whose diverse perceptions and ways of creating meaning vary, and may differ from those of the educator. The resulting differences create challenges for educators in meeting the needs of all students. In this 1-day workshop, participants have the opportunity to increase their own awareness about concepts related to cultural and learning diversity through discussion and interaction, as well as to identify the conditions and strategies necessary to create relevant and engaging lessons that enable diverse students to learn well together. Participants also learn to use the On Course success principles and learner-centered instructional strategies to strengthen culturally responsive teaching skills. These principles and practices will help honor the cultural perspectives of each learner as s/he moves toward educational success.

NOTE: This workshop helps educators implement previously learned On Course principles and practices in a culturally diverse environment. Thus, this workshop may only be scheduled along with or after an Introductory (1- or 2 day) or Comprehensive (3- or 4-day) On Course Workshop.

DIVERSITY WORKSHOP AGENDA:

Day 1
Session Descriptions
9:00-10:15 SESSION 1: GETTING ON COURSE IN A DIVERSE WORLD
Exploring dimensions of diversity, the connection to culture, and the implications for educators using On Course principles & strategies to empower students for educational success.
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 SESSION 2: SELF-AWARENESS–NAVIGATING A DIVERSE WORLD
Recognizing one’s own biases, assumptions, and ethnocentricity as well as understanding the culture of higher education and its effect on those from different cultures.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 SESSION 3: SELF-MOTIVATION–FUEL FOR THE JOURNEY
Developing strategies for increasing intrinsic motivation for academic achievement within communities of diverse learners.
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 SESSION 4: INTERDEPENDENCE–TRAVELING TOGETHER
Identifying strategies to encourage interdependence in a diverse educational setting and creating a plan for staying on course as a culturally responsive educator.

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Testimonial Color

Thank you. I was looking for a re-inspiration to utilize and incorporate some On Course strategies involving a “subject” that is intertwined with everything–cultural diversity. I’m so excited to use [them] this fall. This solidified the On Course I & II Workshops I took earlier this year.– Kelli Horner, STEM Summer Bridge, Cabrillo College, CA

The workshop gave me more insight into what diversity entails–not just race, ethnicity, culture. I appreciate the list of resources very much! We want to include more on diversity/sensitivity in every college success course, so this was very timely for us.
– Lisa Marks, Reading/English/College Success, Ozarks Technical Community College, MO

Thank you–I enjoyed the workshop, have a great understanding of the term diversity, and feel empowered to use strategies to help our students be successful.– Verlinda Folgheraiter, Coordinator/TRIO, Northern Arizona University, AZ

I liked the many hands-on and group projects/discussions and the way in which the activities made me realize my own cultural influences.– Cheryl Norton, Reading, Southwestern Community College, CA