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Theme 3

Understand the world through multiple perspectives

The demographics of the KSC student body and of the region in which we are located do not yet reflect the diversity of the United States and of the world. Because of that fact, we are especially committed to guiding our students to move beyond their “home town” perspectives in order to develop an understanding and respect for the peoples of the world and for the impact of globalization on our cultures and on our educational systems. Knowledge gained from courses taken in the traditional liberal arts disciplines, combines with knowledge gained from personal experiences, guest speakers, readings, reflection, and self-examination. The result is a strengthening of the self-knowledge and the creation of windows to new understandings that reflect the awareness of diverse perspectives.

To us, the concept of multiple perspectives includes knowledge of the diversity of learning style and intelligence; of ability; of personal and cultural background; of historical and philosophical approach; and of the contexts in which these differences interact. Why is this important? Because we live in an increasingly pluralistic society in which the awareness of multiple perspectives enriches our experience and supports the development of critical thinking toward equity and justice. Contemporary issues and world events influence children/youth, their families, and the environments in which they work and learn. Educators must possess the capacity to promote understanding of the dominant and non-dominant experience of a multicultural world in their classrooms and in society. We believe that this understanding is foundational to becoming an effective educator.

In order to demonstrate their understanding of this theme:

Candidates need to know

  • The context of the school and its students, families, staff
  • Historical, cultural, and political themes that impact education

So that they will be able to

  • Support the learning of all students
  • Engage in constructive dialogue with students, families, colleagues, community

The dispositions that will help candidates achieve these goals include

  • Flexibility and responsiveness
  • Respect, integrity and honesty
  • Caring and compassion
  • Curiosity and inquisitiveness
  • Reflection

The impact on student learning will be

  • Expanded learning opportunities and knowledge
  • Multiple approaches to teaching and learning that lead to increased success