Davonne Eldredge, M.Ed. & John Eldredge, B.A.
Fargo, North Dakota
July 18-22, 2016 onsite. Each morning for 5 consecutive days students will gather at Shanley High School (5600 25th St. S, Fargo, ND) library at 9:00 AM. Tours will be at approximately 4:00 pm daily. There will be tours to various places in Fargo, ND, including John Deere, Electronic solutions, Trail King Industries, Aldevron, Discovery Benefits and others. All online work of assignments, projects, etc. are due no later than July 30, 2016.
This three (3) credit graduate professional development course is designed to assist educators and help professionals understand and explore the many aspects of diversity of the students in their classrooms so that they can better understand the influence that cultural and economic background plays in the lives of these students. It is important to learn about these issues in order to create a safe, comfortable environment in the classroom. Participants will collect a multitude of outstanding resources, strategies, and activities for use in their own classroom. They will learn how to become a successful mentor/volunteer in their classroom, school, and community. This course will provide participants the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and clarity of purpose to guide their students towards mutual respect and positive self-esteem, which are the cornerstones for academic achievement. The #1 goal for this course is to create a positive, non-threatening climate in the K-12 classroom so that all students can develop meaningful relationships with one another and the teacher, and experience the pride that comes from successful learning and continual academic achievement. As participants in this course, teachers will be their guide and cheerleader.
As a result of participation in this course, enrollees will be able to:
1. Create a positive, non-threatening climate in the k-12 classroom so that all students can
develop meaningful relationships with one another and the teacher, and discover the
pride that comes from successful learning and continual academic achievement.
2. Identify, analyze and understand the challenges that newcomers face when they enter our
Community and assist and teach them daily skills to become successful in their daily lives.
3. Demonstrate and practice, through the mentor/volunteer experience, the skills and
understanding gained from extensive research and planning.
4. Examine, compare and experiment with various strategies and select those that fit their
personal style and comfort level during the mentor/volunteer experience.
5. Assemble, assess, and choose relevant activities for classroom use. This can be accomplished during
the exploration of websites/research on the internet.
6. Recognize and deal with prejudices and understand the importance of zero tolerance to
discrimination inside or outside of the classroom. Discuss this in the classroom through relevant
lesson plans and activities.
7. Gain an understanding of the immigrant experience and learn what contribution each of
us can make to assist new immigrants in the classroom and in our community
8. Improve interpersonal relationships and personal understanding with an increased
empathy for people with diverse backgrounds. The mentor/volunteer experience will provide participants with the opportunity for this growth.
9. Develop self-confidence in finding meaningful experiences and relationships with
specialists from the multi-cultural community that can help you now and in the future.
10. Become aware of lessons from practice; for instance, what not to do. Explain in your paper
anything that didn’t work for you and how you resolved those issues.
11. Become a resource person in their school, district, and community as a result of
this growth experience.
12. Analyze and evaluate their successes/disappointments/attitude changes and explain them in their
mentoring/volunteer experience paper.