EFP1 Task 2: Diversity And Culture Awareness

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EFP1- Task 2 Diversity and culture awareness Carella Clark Western Governors University Blaine School district supports 6 schools in Blaine, WA. The 6 schools are Blaine primary with grades K-2 and the developmental pre-school, Blaine Elementary with grades 3-5, Blaine Middle school with grades 6-8 and Blaine High School with grades 9-12, Point Roberts and Home connections. The city of Blaine is located on the border of USA and Canada. The district holds 2,192 students and 108 classroom teachers (nces.ed.gov, 2013[->0]). Even though the community of Blaine is on the border it does not have a wide variety of ethnicities, population consists of 86% white and 14% other races…show more content…
The 3 languages they survey are Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian. ELL students are provided with services depending on the level of instructional need and service availability (http://www.blainesd.org/, ELL program). The special education program is staffed by twelve educators, 4 speech therapist, 2 psychologists, 3 occupational/PT therapists as well as guidance counselors at every school. This program supports 208 students that may have concerns in hearing, vision, speech, language, health, learning, developmental delay, behavior management, birth defects or other disabilities. This program is tailored for each special-ed student through an IEP depending on their needs. Just over half of the student population at Blaine school district consist of middle to low income families. The Blaine school district provides federally funded programs like the free to reduced lunch and the family service center. The family service center was created in 1997. The center sustains services like child clothing bank, parent support groups, support services for families at risk for child abuse and neglect, preventive dental program for children, help with Medicaid and basic health enrollment, host after school and summer programs.…show more content…
Having educators take a cultural and diversity education course can make them more receptive to the culture of their students and community. Western Washington University is located in the same county as Blaine and they offer courses on cultural studies that educators in the Blaine school district can utilize. The Blaine school district has worked with WWU in bringing a Native American presentation to the schools for children to get more hands on knowledge about the local Native American culture. Educators can also make sure to stay on top of their in house training by learning strategies to get students to engage more with the material being
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