Staff Development In Multilingual Multicultural Schools

It is estimated that by the turn of the century up to 40 percent of the children in the nation’s classrooms will be non-white, with the majority Latino (Valencia, 1996). Already, multilingual multicultural schools exist in practically every major city. Since the teaching force is primarily white, and becoming even more so, it is important to take immediate action to prepare teachers and principals to work with a student population different from themselves. Yet, professional development activities in schools still shy away from tackling inequity, prejudice, and bias, although experience shows that their existence negatively affects instruction, curriculum, teacher-student and teacher-parent relationships, and even teacher-teacher relations. Creators of staff development programs must understand what reform means locally in order to gain insight into how professional development for the reforms can be made relevant and sustained. They must consider how the dominant culture of a school (whether it is a “white” or “minority”culture) can halt all reform efforts so that nothing, particularly people, fundamentally changes. When this happens, staff development programs take up the dual task of developing new expertise in teachers, and also addressing how inequalities, power, racism, or laissez-faire attitudes are rooted in the school’s basic institutional structures. Indeed, school reform itself must make solving these problems –along with instituting communities of genuine collaboration, caring, and justice–fundamental forces driving their missions and action plans. This digest presents recommendations for a staff development program for a multilingual multicultural teaching staff based on a model that has been tested and shown to be effective. Historical Disempowerment of Bilingual/Minority Teachers and Students For the past 25 years, the education of language...

Working With School Staff

Advertising objects come in all shapes, sizes, and types, but none of them is any more important than the pieces given away to schools. Schools often have difficulty providing enough funding to give children much needed learning materials. For those folks, agencies in the community do a great service by handing out free advertising solutions. The favor is returned when those gear reach circulation. School supplies are always worth turning into marketing merchandises. When these highly valued goods have the name of your corporate sector on them, they don’t decrease in value. In fact, they increase in value. You’re the enterprise that’s helping schools supply school children with exactly the type of supplies they need to succeed now and in the future. Schools are doing you a favor by accepting the objects and letting kids benefit from them. It’s a wonderful exchange that lets all parties involved win at what they need to achieve in life. Schools are always grateful to those businesses and organizations in the community that care enough to contribute to the education of children. It shows that corporations are willing to go the extra mile in helping the future of the community grow up with the kind of tools they need. Businesses take pleasure in the partnership. It’s an expensive form of advertising that sends the name of your firm home with every student in the school. Their friends, parents, and friends of parents will see those pieces and know the name of your corporate sector. During assemblies, you might even be asked to visit the school and speak with the children. You can do...

Working With School Staff

Advertising gear come in all shapes, sizes, and types, but none of them is any more important than the gear given away to schools. Schools commonly have difficulty providing enough funding to give children much needed learning materials. For those folks, businesses in the community do a great service by handing out free promo merchandises. The favor is returned when those items reach circulation. School supplies are always worth turning into promo goods. When these highly valued items have the name of your corporation on them, they don’t decrease in value. In fact, they increase in value. You’re the business that’s helping schools supply school children with exactly the type of supplies they need to succeed now and in the future. Schools are doing you a favor by accepting the pieces and letting kids benefit from them. It’s a wonderful exchange that lets all parties involved win at what they need to achieve in life. Schools are always grateful to those businesses and organizations in the community that care enough to contribute to the education of children. It shows that corporations are willing to go the extra mile in helping the future of the community grow up with the kind of tools they need. Businesses value the partnership. It’s an expensive form of advertising that sends the name of your business home with every student in the school. Their friends, parents, and friends of parents will see those objects and know the name of your business. During assemblies, you might even be asked to visit the school and speak with the children. You can do so for free to...

Why Hire Offshore Staff? How to Turn the Filipino Advantage Into YOUR Business Advantage

In the previous years, business process outsourcing or BPO seemed to have been monopolized by large corporations, in particular call centers. This is very true in the Philippines. From the beginning of the 21st century, call centers mushroomed not only in the national capital of the Philippines, Manila, but also in the other key cities, such as Cebu, Baguio, Davao, Laguna, and Olongapo. Fast forward to the present: BPO has become more extensive encompassing small and medium companies which have observed, understood and considered outsourced staff hiring as THE ultimate business solution. As to how it has become THE ultimate business solution, let us look into your potential offshore staff – the Filipino. If Aussies are to the Australians and Britons are to the British, Pinoys are to the Filipinos. The Pinoy offshore staff can offer you numerous advantages that can surely serve to your business advantage. The Historical Advantage Fact. The Philippine educational system was patterned after the Americans. No, this is not a result of excessive patronage of anything American. But this is due to the American colonization of the Philippines from the last years of the 19th century to the first half of the following century. In fact, several observers believe that America’s political influence even extends to the present times. Back to education, the Thomasites, the first American educators in the Philippines on board a ship called MSS Thomas, brought about two lasting influences: (1) the exposure to western ideas and (2) the use of the English language. Your advantage. The exposure of Pinoy offshore staff, or the excess of it, to western ideas reveals...