Professional Development for Educators

To Know, to Care and to Act: A Multicultural Curriculum  

Professor James Banks emphasizes the importance of critical multiculturalism in classrooms. He asserts that the process of knowing, caring, and acting is central to educating our youth for global citizenship.


Welcome to the Professional Development section of the Teaching The Levees website.

What kind of country are we? What kind of country do we want to be?

These essential questions imbue The Levees curriculum with a democratic spirit and a social mission, just as the curriculum is meant to support educators and students as they work toward a deeper understanding of a broad set of social, historical, and cultural issues.

The professional development resources located in this section aim to provide additional support for educators and students. These resources, which include videos, podcasts, and readings, offer a close look at teachers who are using The Levees curriculum in various educational settings. They aim to provide additional insight into instructional practices that foster democratic dialogues and civic engagement. We invite visitors to contribute to the conversation and share their own educational resources with the community who will use The Levees curriculum in the years ahead.

The resources below are suggested as a starting point for professional development, and do not represent a comprehensive understanding of all the issues included in the curriculum. By adding your voice to the conversation, you help to make the curriculum an even richer resource for educators and students.

      Democratic Dialogue

      Civic Engagement

One Response to ' Professional Development for Educators '

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  1. Heidi Sheen said,

    on June 28th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I have enjoyed your project. Thank you for making this possible.

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