The Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee (Oakland, CA) is co-sponsoring a curriculum video/essay contest with the National Association for Multicultural Education.
Deadline for submissions: EXTENSION: NEW DEADLINE: MAY 15th 2012
Paul Robeson was the winner of letters in 15 sports, an anti-fascist organizer during World War II, a beloved singer and actor, an internationalist, and a courageous fighter for the rights of African-Americans. Many adults have learned history by following the intersection of his life with the events in which he participated. But many students have not had that opportunity because his life has not been included in traditional U.S. history texts.
To enter the contest:
- Create and video an original lesson that uses Paul Robeson’s experiences and talents within the lesson content
- Submit the video, a detailed written plan, and student evaluations of the lesson to The Bay Area Robeson Committee by midnight March 18, 2012. Send it to: Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee, P.O. Box 3628, Oakland, Ca. 94609-0628
- A panel of educators and others, including a representative from NAME (the National Association of Multicultural Education), will judge the lessons and present two awards – one for $1000 and the other for $500. The lesson plans will then be distributed online with credit to their creators.
(Teachers should follow their school’s policies with regard to filming students. The videos will be made available on line.)
In response to Seattle Public Schools delaying full implementation of its plan to serve secondary bilingual immigrant students, NAME President Christine Sleeter has released a statement calling upon the district to move forward without delay. President Sleeter references Seattle PS’ long history as a leader in developing innovative approaches to serving its multicultural/multilingual populations. The current delay in implementation of the approved and funded plan not only puts the district in violation of federal policy and case law, but also negatively impacts the state’s economic and social development.
Here is the full Press Release:
National Association for Multicultural Education
Dr. Christine Sleeter President
For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 3, 2011
Nation’s Foremost Multicultural Education Organization (NAME) urges Seattle Public Schools to Keep its Commitment to Bilingual Immigrant Students.
(Washington, DC) It has come to our attention that Seattle Public Schools is continuing to delay serving its immigrant students. The National Organization for Multicultural Education calls on Seattle Public Schools to move forward with its adopted plan to serve this significant student population.
The district has already developed a high quality plan to serve its immigrant bilingual students. That plan would not only serve them well, but also put Seattle in compliance with federal policy embodied in the court decision Castan?eda v. Pickard (1981), which clarified school district legal obligations under the 1974 U.S. Supreme Court decision Lau v. Nichols.
We believe that Seattle has the potential to serve as a high quality model for serving culturally and linguistically diverse students. Many years ago, Seattle Public Schools was noted for its voluntary desegregation plan at a time when many other school districts around the nation were having to go through litigation to desegregate their schools. Seattle also created one of the nation’s first multicultural curricula to facilitate its desegregation plan, working with Ethnic Heritage Act funds. At present, Seattle has approved a well-researched plan for a school to serve its immigrant students at the secondary level excellently. The district also has funds that had been raised and allocated to implement that plan, as well as an audit by the Council for Great City Schools that underscores the tremendous need for the planned school. To delay implementation of such a program is to deny immigrant students the education to which they are legally entitled, and to fail to live up to the potential that Seattle Public Schools has demonstrated in the past.
We should point out that not only would it mean following the law to adhere to the approved plan for its secondary level immigrant bilingual students, but in the long run, doing so would also contribute to the economic and social development of the state. When students cannot complete their education, many leave school and later become an economic burden. In contrast, as research shows, developmental bilingual education programs are correlated with the strongest academic outcomes for English Language Learning students, including both academic achievement and retention/graduation. When students are offered an education program that enables them to complete high school and possibly go on for further education, they are able to become the productive and capable citizens that the city, the state, and the nation need.
Because education is so critical to the lives of young people, and so important to the development of this nation, we call on Seattle Public Schools to live up to its commitment to its immigrant students and move forward with its adopted plan, without delay.
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In honor of NAME’s 20th Anniversary Conference,
you can enjoy interviews with
NAME Founder Rose Duhon-Sells
NAME President Christine Sleeter, and
NAME Scholar Sonia Nieto.
The interviews were conducted by Karen Dade and can be found at
In response to the bill signed by Governor of Arizona on May 11, 2010 banning ethnic studies in the public schools of Arizona, NAME has issued a press release expressing the organization’s outrage that the bill passed. NAME believes the bill flies in the face of research on textbooks and multicultural curricula, research on U.S. history, and the track record of Tucson’s Mexican American/Raza Studies department to successfully educate Mexican American students.
The bill presumes that the standard curriculum is not biased and represents no ethnic point of view. However, those who study race/ethnicity point out that white people are also ethnic, making that presumption incorrect. . . . By attacking the work of the Mexican American/Raza Studies department in Tucson, the bill ignores the fact that its work has been substantially improving the academic achievement and graduation rates of Chicano/a students. . . . For these reasons, we condemn this new law. Further, because of the strong integrity of the work of the Mexican American/Raza Studies department in Tucson, and its proven track record successfully education Chicano/a students, we will be featuring its former director, Dr. Augustine Romero, as a keynote speaker at our Annual Conference, which will be held November 4-6, 2010 in Las Vegas.
Members of NAME and supporters of ethnic studies programs are encouraged to download the complete press release for their continuing advocacy and educational efforts.
Click to download the complete NAME Press release on Arizona’s policy against ethnic studies.
For additional information contact Rose Duhon-Sells: email@example.com
For twenty years, the National Association for Multicultural Education has been a productive network and think-tank of leading social justice and multicultural educators from across all levels and categories of education. NAME has served its members by incorporating every aspect of education and all spheres of diversity into its inclusive, activist definition of multicultural education. This expanded forum facilitates our ability to form coalitions, leverage resources and develop our professional capacities to advocate and educate
for excellence and equity for all in our schools and society.
Joining NAME and participating in NAME events provides access to a rich professional network, opportunities to interact with noted scholars and researchers, exposure to cutting-edge work, and the support of the extended NAME collegial family.
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MARCH 8, 2013: National edTPA Conference/Live Stream
NAME Members are invited to participate in the NATIONAL edTPA Conference:
Click for the COMPLETE FLIER for the National edTPA Conference –Mar 8, 2014– @ Barnard College. It will be live streamed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/edtpa-conference-2014
Also people can discuss right on the livestream page. There will also be live tweets at #edtpacon2014
Call for Papers EXTENDED
2014 International Conference
hosted by the Korean Association for Multicultural Education (KAME)
on May 8-10, 2014 at Hanyang University
Theme: “Dreaming an Impossible Dream: An Empowering Education for All”
The conference will provide a platform for researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the field of multicultural education from home and abroad to share ideas and research findings, and build up a worldwide network of scholarly discussions and friendship.
KAME invites submissions of manuscripts (or extended abstracts which are detailed enough for the organizers to judge the merits of the paper). Any presentation pertaining to the conference theme or related topics dealing with research agendas and policy issues in the field of multicultural education are welcome. Please submit the manuscript or extended abstract electronically with a short curricular vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ) by December 10, 2013. The KAME will inform the authors of whether the submitted paper is accepted by December 31, 2013.
For those who are interested in attending the 2014 KAME conference, the KAME would greatly appreciate if you let us know about your (tentative) decision/intention as soon as possible.
Call for Submissions and Travel Awards:
Multicultural Education Review (MER), the peer-reviewed official international journal of the KAME, invites submissions of manuscripts. Any topics dealing with research agendas and policy issues in the field of multicultural education are welcome. Please submit the manuscript electronically to email@example.com (or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The Editor of MER guarantees an editorial decision within no more than six months, and the accepted articles will be published in MER within a year after the final decision is made.
Each year KAME will choose 10 accepted articles and offer travel awards to the authors, including airline ticket (maximum of US$800 reimbursement for scholars from North and South Americas, Europe, Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East; maximum of US$500 reimbursement for scholars from Asia) plus a hotel room for three nights during the any KAME annual international conference of the author’s choice. Please send any inquiry to the following addresses:
Professor Yun-Kyung Cha, President, Korean Association for Multicultural Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Professor Seung-Hwan Ham, email@example.com
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