In order to teach effectively and ensure student learning in a democratic and pluralistic society, each teacher education candidate at Plymouth State University, by the conclusion of his or her program, will have developed the ability to:
- describe culture as a multifaceted and dynamic construct
- critically examine his or her own sociocultural positions and understand the ways in which background and experiences shape one’s view of the world.
- learn from and about students, families and communities, and draw on this knowledge to inform instruction
- view students and families of diverse backgrounds and abilities in respectful and affirming ways
- acquire and extend his or her own multicultural awareness by exploring and learning about the history, experiences, beliefs and values of others
- recognize and challenge biases in him/herself and others, as well as institutional oppression in schools and throughout our society
- implement inclusive, culturally responsive teaching practices