Top 10 Characteristics of a Multicultural School Environment Resource: Ch. 1 of Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society Use the lists on p. 7 of the text to create a list of the top 10 characteristics of a multicultural school environment. You may add others that you think are important. Rank the characteristics in order from most important to least important. Provide a 100- to 150-word justification for your rankings. Post your attachment. Educational Implications of Socioeconomic Status Matrix Resources: Appendix D and Ch. 2 of Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society Use the information provided in Ch. 2 of the text to determine the potential impact of socioeconomic status on education in the following areas: teacher expectations, student tracking, equal representation in the curriculum, and financial support for schools. Complete the following: • Record relevant information in Appendix D. • Determine what this matrix says about educational equality. • Summarize your conclusions in a 350- to 500-word statement to be included at the end of the matrix. Post your paper as an attachment. Personal Statement Write a 350- to 500-word statement that reflects on how your ethnicity influences your personal behavior, attitudes, and values. Post your statement. Debunking Gender Misconceptions Resource: Appendix E Consider that there are many gender misconceptions in education. For example, some people believe that boys are more suited for and more interested in math and science. Think about other stereotypes that exist related to gender. How do these stereotypes and misconceptions affect education in the United States? What are your beliefs regarding ability differences between males and females in general and in education? What evidence can you present to validate your viewpoint? Also consider the existing laws that are meant to guarantee equal treatment in education for girls and boys. Address at least three of the following common misconceptions. You may include any others you can think of: • Boys are more suited for and more interested in math and science than girls are. • Boys who participate in the arts are more likely to be gay. • Girls are more interested in domestic arts than boys are. • Boys are more interested in auto shop and wood shop than girls are. • Boys are more competitive in sports and academics than girls are. Create a 12- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation addressing the following points: • Explain ways to debunk three of the five gender misconceptions listed above based on the results of your past discussions with friends and family and your own University Library research. • Explain at least one point made by one person in your discussions. • Cite at least one reference from the University Library in your presentation. • Use one to two slides for the introduction; two to three slides for each misconception; and one to two slides for the conclusion. The reference and title pages do not count in your overall slide total. • Use presenter’s notes to clarify content as needed throughout the presentation. Note: You may address more than three of the five misconceptions if you wish, but still adhere to the 12- to 15-slide limit. Cite your sources consistent with APA guidelines. Post your paper as an attachment. Equal Inclusion Case Law Resource: pp. 181–191 of Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society List each of the cases and laws affecting the equal inclusion of students with disabilities from pp. 181–191 of the text. Explain, in no more than 150 words per law, what requirements each law places on educators in their classrooms. Post your response. Religious Impact Matrix Resources: Appendix F, Electronic Reserve Readings for Week 5, and the Compare Worldviews webpage Log on to and the Compare Worldviews webpage at http://www.teachingaboutreligion.org. Complete the following: • Assume you are on the school board of your local school district and you are tasked with the job of strategic planning for issues facing your district. • Complete the matrix in Appendix F to determine the potential response from each of the religious groups in your community. • Use the attached links in Appendix F to research the basic moral and ethical principles believed by each group. • Determine how you believe each group would react to the issue based on what you find. • Provide a brief justification for your answer based on the information you find in the links for the different religious groups. • Write a 300- to 500-word summary of the significant similarities and differences among the different religious groups and include it at the end of the matrix. Remove the links from the completed assignment before turning it in. Post your assignment as an attachment. Legal and Ethical Issues Confronting the Education of English Language Learners (ELLs) Consider that in recent years several states have abandoned bilingual education, but advocacy groups have argued that something must be done to help ELLs master necessary competencies. Complete an Internet search to find at least two instances of conflicts between the legal and ethical issues confronting the education of ELLs. For example, some states have ceased funding for bilingual education and may not instruct the ELLs in their native languages. However, the issue still remains that the schools are responsible for instructing ELLs and those students have to learn English in order to succeed in school. How do schools meet the needs of the ELLs without breaking state laws? Cite the URLs for the selected instances consistent with APA guidelines. Summarize both sides of each issue in 350 to 500 words. Post your summary. Materials • College of Education Resources Creating an At-Risk Program Resources: Ch. 8 of Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society and Appendix E Imagine that you have been asked to serve on the advisory board for a new, alternative school program in your school district. The advisory board must specify the factors that will be considered in determining which students qualify for the program and they must create a plan that can be presented to the school board for approval and potential implementation at the beginning of the school year two years from now. Create a plan for identifying potential students for the new at-risk program by completing the following points: • Consider the following question in your plan: Because you do not have the resources to serve an entire at-risk population, how will you focus your resources to create the greatest impact for your community? • Use at least three sources, other than the text, to support your plan. • Cite your sources consistent with APA guidelines. • Construct either a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper or a 15- to 20-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with presenter’s notes, addressing each of the following questions in your plan: o What part of the at-risk population will the program serve? o How will students be identified for the program? o How will the program address the needs of the students? o What additional social resources are available in the community that can be utilized for greater success? o What are the potential positive impacts for the district, students, and community? o What are the necessary steps for implementing the program? Refer to Appendix E for directions and tips on building a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation. If you choose to do the presentation, your title slide and reference slides do not count toward the final slide count, and it is recommended that you do two to three slides per topic. Use APA guidelines to format your paper, if you select to write a paper. Post your assignment as an attachment. Resources: Appendix A and all reading assignments for the course Consider that each person in the education profession should continually add items to his or her professional portfolio to represent his or her educational philosophy and beliefs. Often, paraprofessional educators forget that the atmosphere of the classroom is as important as the instructional content being delivered to the students. It is your responsibility to support the rules for student behavior and interaction. For the final project, create a plan for addressing the needs and issues in a multicultural classroom to add to your portfolio. Summarize your multicultural plan in a paper of 1,050 to 1,400 words, by addressing the following points: • Assumethat the cultural make up of your classroom includes at least five different ethnic and religious groups. • Addresshow and why you would create an atmosphere of tolerance, acceptance, and caring in your classroom environment. • Createa plan that includes a comprehensive discussion of the issues covered in this course that are most applicable to your geographic area. • Includea description of a plan for a culturally balanced bulletin board that could be used in your class to focus on either on a traditional Western holiday or a multicultural celebration at your school. You may also include clip art to illustrate your plans. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Post your assignment as an attachment.