Teacher Workshop: Teaching in the Culturally Diverse Secondary Classroom
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Teacher Workshop: Teaching in the Culturally Diverse Secondary Classroom

No matter our district, students from a variety of countries and cultural backgrounds make up our classes. In this workshop for teachers of grades 7-12, experts on culture and education will provide a context for our globalized classrooms, share useful cultural models, offer resources and activities that can be used across subject areas to enhance students' cultural competence, and support teachers in developing and sharing their own activities. The program is free, and lunch is provided.

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Registration at 8:30)
Where: Regnier Center 175 / Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, Kansas  66210
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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Program Content
By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of global-competence education in a context of globalization;
  • Describe cultural models relevant to the instruction of students in grades 7-12;
  • Implement in their classrooms a variety of activities and resources to enhance the global and cross-cultural perspective of their students;
  • Produce instructional activities that enhance students’ cultural competence.

Attendees will walk away with:

  • A deeper understanding of cultural competence and the need to promote it in the classroom;
  • A toolbox of instructional activities that can be put to immediate use in the classroom and shared with other teachers;
  • Connections with educators in other schools and districts to be called on for support and ideas through the school year;
  • Opportunities to engage the topic with participants of future IRC workshops.

About the Presenters

Matthew Hughes (IRC) – Matthew Hughes has been executive director of the International Relations Council since July 2016. Hughes’ professional experience bridges the education and nonprofit sectors. A K-12 teacher for six years and fluent in Spanish, Matthew has worked with students ranging from age 4 through adult learners. He has developed curricula for schools and nonprofits and led a variety of professional-development opportunities for teachers. Hughes holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Global & International Studies from the University of Kansas. His thesis discusses "Opportunities for Global-Competence Education in Secondary Extracurricular Programs." Matthew relishes the chance to travel and has experience living internationally, including in South America and on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Janette Jasperson (JCCC) – Janette Jasperson was born in South America, grew up in North America, studied abroad in Europe, completed service projects in Africa, and loves her Asian son-in-law. She thinks that cultures are fascinating. By day, Janette advises study abroad students and assists faculty travelers in her role as JCCC’s International Education Coordinator. One recent night she was on the winning trivia team at the IRC’s WorldQuest competition. Janette earned her BA from Kansas State University and her MA from the University of Minnesota, both in history. She advises you to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by globalization while being aware and wary of its dark side.

Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi (All World Languages and Cultures) – Dr. Emmanuel Ngomsi is President of All World Languages and Cultures, Inc., a training and consulting corporation specializing in intercultural communication, diversity and inclusion education, character education, team-building facilitation, and language services (translations, interpreting, and instruction). Dr. Ngomsi spent nine years as instructor, Chief Language and Chief Cross-Culture Coordinator for the United States Peace Corps–Africa Region. He was instrumental in designing a training curriculum for Peace Corps volunteers assigned to work in Francophone African countries. He also served as presenter at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.

Dr. Tom Patterson (JCCC) – Tom Patterson, Ph.D. is an associate professor and director of International Education at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). He has served as the director for English language programs at Texas A&M University’s Japan Campus and National Louis University’s Polish Campus. Dr. Patterson has also held teaching posts at Jagiellonion University (Krakow, Poland) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He was a Fulbright awardee to Germany in 2009. He served as President of the Northwest International Educational Association in Washington state from 2010-2012 and has been a board member of the College Consortium for International Studies since 2012. He has led numerous grant-funded projects at JCCC, including a United States Institute for Peace Peacebuilding Grant (2013), a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (2014-2015), and two U.S. State Department grants to develop a partnership with Sukkur Institute of Business Administration in Pakistan (2013-2014, 2016-2018). Dr. Patterson is currently serving as president for the Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies, and was the recent recipient of the 2017 individual Peace Builder award from Global and Multicultural Education in Kansas City.

Dr. Brian Wright (JCCC) – Professor of Political Science at Johnson County Community College, director of the JCCC food pantry, and faculty adviser to the JCCC Model United Nations, Dr. Brian Wright has prepared award-receiving teams for competitions at major college-level Model United Nations conferences. He earned his Ph.D. from Kent State University and MA from Duquesne University with publications in Politics and Policy, the Journal of Human Rights, and Environmental Politics. He is a current board member and past president of the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend this workshop? This first workshop is intended for teachers of grades 7-12 as well as administrators, resource specialists, guidance counselors, and others who work with students of that age. Future workshops are being considered for teachers of other grades; if such a workshop would be of value to you, please e-mail Matthew Hughes » and let us know.

Will I receive professional-development credit for attending this workshop? Decisions on credit for professional development are made by individual school districts. At the end of the day, we will provide you with a certificate of completion as well as a toolbox of resources and activities to take back to your school. We are currently working with area universities to finalize the procedure for attaining graduate credit hours for your attendance; this will likely involve paying a small fee to the issuing university as well as implementing in your classroom materials shared in the workshop.

Does the workshop cost anything to attend? There is no fee for attending the workshop; however, attaining graduate credit hours for your attendance will likely require a small fee paid to the issuing university.

Where do I park? Parking is abundant and free at the JCCC Campus.

Where is the Regnier Center? The Regnier Center is the easternmost building on JCCC's campus, facing Quivira Road, and is attached to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. We will meet in Room 175.

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