© 2006

Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching

A Manual for Students and Educators


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Foundations

  3. Dimensions of Difference: Culture, Socioeconomic Status, Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Parental Partnership

  4. Dimensions of Difference: Gender

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Pages 95-108
  5. Other Challenges to Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Pages 125-134
  6. Understanding Exceptional Microcultures

About this book


As America’s classrooms become more demographically diverse, educators must learn how to respond to the different needs and cultural styles of children who represent such diversity. Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching is a resource guide geared to help educators create classroom communities that respond to diversity. The learning activities presented in this volume define terminology, provide activities to raise self-awareness, include newspaper articles that illustrate the relevance of concepts, and allow for an overall dialogue about diverse issues.

This book encourages readers to generate their own construction of effective multicultural education and learn how to adapt it across various student populations and educational problems. At the same time, learning activities encourage readers to respect and seek to understand the experiences and worldviews of different people and how these diverse realities influence what is meant by multicultural education.

"An incredibly practical, down to earth approach to dealing with potentially difficult material. Based on current, scholarly work, this book gives teachers real-world help for our increasingly diverse schools.  The additional resources listed at the end of each chapter provide a window into the astonishing array of additional scholarly and useful materials." 
Patricia M. Raskin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Organization and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University

"It is a terrific book that provides clear and necessary guidance that helps teachers and students explore issues of diversity in a profound and yet simple and engaging manner. It is a must for those interested in learning how best to address the complexity of this issue in ways that are likely to yield results."
Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Community Outreach Initiatives and Special Programs, St. John’s University

 "Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching, by Caroline Clauss-Ehlers is a well constructed comprehensive guide through the maze of "cultural competence," racism, and many other aspects of diversity in our society.
The book is easy to use with many clear and well thought out exercises that will be valuable to both the teachers and their students. Additional web notes, references, and bibliographies for every chapter enhance the book so it is both a text and a training manual."
Paul Jay Fink, M.D., Former American Psychiatric Association President


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.RutgersThe State University of New JerseyUSA

About the authors

"As a bilingual counseling psychologist and a media correspondent," says Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers, "my interest lies in what helps children and families be resilient in the face of adversity and go on to live happy, productive lives. I am particularly interested in work with families from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds."
Dr. Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers (aka CC) is a nationally known counseling psychologist who trained at Teacher College, Columbia University and the NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center. She is currently an assistant professor of counseling psychology at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Since 2002 she has been a columnist for the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish-language newspaper HOY (Newsday in Spanish) and writes the Nueva Edad (New Age) column that is published in the New York metropolitan area, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Since 2002 she has been a regular guest correspondent on Univision, appearing on their programs Al Despertar and Despierta America. She is a former talk show host at 1380 AM in New York, New York.
Dr. Clauss-Ehlers is a 2004-2005 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism with a project focused on the stigma of mental illnesses in the Latino community.
She has conducted numerous presentations for print and broadcast media that include Child magazine, Eyewitness News, Redbook, the Herald News, and Channel Thirteen’s Women’s Health Night. She is an Advisory Board member of the Pampers Parenting Institute and a consultant for various organizations.
Dr. Clauss-Ehlers has published numerous academic articles and has lectured internationally at venues such as the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the 27th Inter-American Congress of Psychology in Caracas, Venezuela, the Second World Mental Health Congress in London, England, and the Korea-U.S. Joint Symposium on Anti-Stigma in Seoul, Korea. She has a private practice in Manhattan.
Dr. Clauss-Ehlers received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Ohio and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her recent books include being co-editor of Community Planning to Foster Resilience in Children (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004) and Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching: A Manual for Students and Educators (Springer, 2006). She is listed in the 2006 editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.
Dr. Clauss-Ehlers lives in New York, New York with her husband and their two daughters, ages two-and-a- half years and 4 months.

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