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Becoming a Multicultural Educator

Becoming a Multicultural Educator
Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action

Fourth Edition

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September 2023 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action focuses on the development and application of research-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies for multicultural education in PK–12 classrooms. This text answers the growing need to prepare teachers to work with diverse populations of students in a way that is not just theoretical, but readily applicable.

Award-winning authors William A. Howe and Penelope L. Lisi balance theory and research via numerous exercises, reflective experiences, and lesson plans designed to heighten readers’ cultural awareness, knowledge base, and skill set. The fully updated Fourth Edition is packed with new activities and exercises to illustrate concepts along with new topics, case studies, and interviews. Additional sections tackle current topics in multicultural education, including the disparate effects of COVID, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the benefits of classroom diversity.

With the support of this practical and highly readable book, readers will be prepared to teach in culturally responsive ways, develop a critical understanding of culture and its powerful influence on teaching and learning, and feel empowered to confront and address timely issues.

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SECTION I: Background
1. Multicultural Education: History, Theory, and Evolution
2. Becoming a Multicultural Educator: A Four-Step Model
SECTION II: Knowledge
3. Historical Perspectives on a Multicultural America
4. Foundational Knowledge for Culturally Responsive Teaching
SECTION III. Awareness
5. Understanding Cultural Identities and Their Influence on Teaching and Learning
6. Learning to Understand and Respect Differences
7. Curriculum Development and Lesson Planning
8. Instructional Approaches Needed by Multicultural Educators
9. Developing Skills in Teaching Language and Understanding
10. Assessment That Is Culturally Responsive
11. Creating the Multicultural Classroom
12. Creating the Multicultural School


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“This is the best book I have found that addresses the major areas (history and pedagogy) that includes learning exercises, student resources, and best of all--Instructor resources--such as a test bank, powerpoints, lectures!!”

Dr. Yolanda Arauza
Minnesota State University Moorhead

“The book gives practical advice, examples, case studies, rubrics, and ideas for implementation in regard to improving multi-cultural education instruction in schools.”

Jessica Burchett
Ohio Dominican University

“The book hits three fundamental functions essential to critical-consciousness course instructors: inform, engage, apply.”

Benjamin Arnberg
Auburn University

“Relevant and timely”

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Utah State University

"The content is thorough"

Miranda Lin
Illinois State University

William Alexander Howe

William A. Howe has over 45 years of experience as an educator and professional staff developer from elementary grades to higher education in Canada and the United States. He has taught courses in multicultural education at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University and most recently at Albertus Magnus College.He was the former program manager for multicultural education, bullying, and civil rights at the Connecticut State Department of Education. From 1998 to 2015 he was the Connecticut State Title IX Coordinator overseeing compliance in sexual harassment and gender equity. In addition to conducting... More About Author

Penelope L. Lisi

Dr. Penelope L. Lisi is Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Between 1994 and 2018, she taught in CCSU’s graduate level programs in educational leadership, served as director of the doctoral program between 2014 and 2018, and taught in CCSU’s master’s degree program in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for 20 years.  In her faculty position at CCSU, Dr. Lisi served for 20 years as director of the Center for Multicultural Research and Education. As director, she implemented professional development projects to support faculty in addressing equity issues in the university classroom. She directed the Diversity in... More About Author

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