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Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Issues Committee

Vision Statement for the OSPA Multicultural and Diversity Committee:

 The Committee will:

  • Foster awareness of diversity in students and families
  • Advocate for the needs of diverse learners, including English Language Learners
  • Use data and research to enhance services to diverse learners

Committee Goals 2012-2013:

  • To use data to advocate for culturally diverse students
  • To work with other professional groups to address diverse student needs
  • To continue to share information by publishing articles in TOSP To provide and support professional development related to multiculturalism and diversity
Contacts:

Committee Co-Chairs: Bradley Paramore and Emma Sacha

Multicultural Website Concerns and Questions

Nicole Huzl huzlnm@gmail.com

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Resources: 

The Cultural Norms document is a helpful tool to use when evaluating EL students. It lists areas in which cultural norms may have a big impact on how students behave in school.  

Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEPs): Review of Literature, US Dept. of Education, May 2012
New resource published by the US Department of Education for determining proficiency for ELLs: 

National Evaluation of Title III Implementation Supplemental Report—Exploring Approaches to Setting English Language Proficiency Performance Criteria and Monitoring English Learner Progress. http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/title-iii/implementation-supplemental-report.pdf

The Lau Resource Center, Ohio Department of Education

The mission of the Lau Resource Center at the Ohio Department of Education is to ensure equal access to high-quality learning experiences and standards for students with limited English proficiency in the state of Ohio. Their site contains links to resources for educators serving ELL students. http://education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=5&Content=137711

Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards, Ohio Department of Education http://education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?page=3&TopicRelationID=500&ContentID=6621&Content=133989
NASP Position Statement on Racism, Prejudice, and Discrimination: http://www.nasponline.org/about_nasp/positionpapers/RacismPrejudice.pdf

Publications:

Appropriate Use of Interpreters

FAQs for the Multicultural Committee: What are considered “best practices” in teaching English language learners?

Frequently Asked Questions about English Language Learners