Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners In K-12

As we become increasingly aware of the value and strength of diversity in our world, teachers must be prepared to meet the needs of students. This course explores research-based strategies to recognize strengths and increase achievement in diverse student populations in the schools. Topics include poverty, trauma, mental health, rural communities, and diverse cultural and social groups, including Wisconsin First Nations, and English language learners. The theme of the course will be promoting social justice through educaton. Students will be required to think critically and reflectively regarding meeting the academic, social, cultural, and emotional needs of a diverse range of students. Included in the requirements for this course is the completion of 20 Field Experience units for education majors with logs and reflections. Prerequisites: 215, 255, admission to the teacher education program. LDW