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Multicultural Education


For information regarding Multicultural Curriculum, please contact Shellie Gory or Louise Ball at 754-321-1873.

The focus of Multicultural Education is to promote global education and a better understanding among cultures.  Multicultural Education fosters a respect and appreciation for peoples of different cultures.  It encompasses contemporary issues: pluralism, cross-cultural understanding, multilingual/multicultural society, ethnic and gender studies, and global education.  Multicultural Education involves the past and present challenges of desegregation and integration, prejudice, racism, oppression, and citizen apathy. It includes examination of morals, ethics, values, and citizenship within ethnic and gender communities and the society at large.


Multicultural Education aims at helping all students in the development of knowledge, abilities, and attitudes needed to survive and function effectively in a culturally diverse society.  Cultural diversity enriches the society.  Multicultural Education also portrays the history and contributions of various groups to the development of the United States and the world.


Required Instruction


The Florida Legislature passed FLORIDA STATUTE 1003.42 (replaces Florida Statute 233.061) requiring public schools to teach "the history of the Holocaust (1933-1945) in a manner that leads to an investigation of human behavior, an understanding of the ramification of prejudice, racism and stereotyping and an examination of what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purposes of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions."


In the spring of 1994, the Florida Legislature amended the Statute requiring instruction in Florida's public schools to include the history of African Americans, including "the history of African peoples, the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of African Americans to society." 


In 1998, the Statute was further amended to include "the study of Hispanic Contributions to the United States and the study of Women's Contributions to the United States."


In 2002, the Florida Legislature reorganized the educational statutes. FLORIDA STATUTE 1003.42 requires that "Members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction."



Monthly Multicultural Connections
Black History Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Women's History Month

January is Florida Jewish History Month.Click on the link below to view the Florida Jewish History Month/January 2011 Packet created by Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Curriculum and Instruction, Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills and has been generously shared with school districts throughout Florida.  

Florida Jewish History Month

NIE Holocaust Newsletter


Curriculum Manuals/Guides and Supplementary Instructional Materials
African and African American History
Haitian Culture
Hispanic Contributions to the United States
 Holocaust Studies
Women's Contributions to the United States
Guidelines for Having a Holocaust Survivor Speak to Your Class
Use of Materials and Resources Related to the Holocaust
Supplemental Social Studies Middle School Correlations
Political Partners: First Ladies
Character Education

Kids of Character


Haiti Relief
Ideas for Addressing Haiti Earthquake in the Classroom

Having students create written responses to news photos of the Haitian earthquake and its aftermath or tackling the science behind the natural disaster are two ways educators might address this recent event in the classroom, according to suggestions outlined in this blog post. The writers offer links to background materials on the history of Haiti and relief organizations that provide aid to those affected by such events. 
New York Times, The/The Learning Network blog (1/14)
New Students from Haiti
Invest 45 minutes in conversation that will set new students up for success!
Sensitivity PowerPoint For Viewing
Sensitivity PowerPoint for Printing

Scheduled to open its doors in 2015, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has launched a website where visitors can help shape its content. At a link entitled "Memory Book", people can submit a story, photo, or audio recording that tells something about themselves or a moment in African American History.
The site allows visitors to contribute content and build their own content. Part of the web site is devoted to instructions about identifying and preserving photographs, diaries, and legal documents. The museum is also scouting for collections that could be donated to the museum. Alot of history from the 19th and 20th centuries is in peoples' homes in boxes in attics and basements.

Check it out!

The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) website offers hundreds of teaching and learning resources highlighting the heritage of African Americans and covers such topics as the Civil Rights Movement, Tuskegee Airmen and Harriet Tubman.

Connections to Multicultural Literature Lesson Plans

Elizabeth Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell: The First Woman Doctor

Helen Keller
A Girl Named Helen Keller

The Hundred Dresses Cover
The Hundred Desses

Molly's Pilgrim
Molly's Pilgrim

Additional lesson plans will continue to be posted.

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