More Meaningful Cultural Experiences in the Classroom
“Global perspectives shall be incorporated into all levels of the educational program,” as mandated by Iowa Code 256.11. But it isn’t fair to expect teachers to know everything about every culture. Fortunately, CultureALL can help!
Through service learning projects, students discover real-life applications for the subjects you teach. Apply those projects to real-life cultural issues in the community. The opportunities are endless. CultureALL staff will provide suggestions, guidance and assistance in organizing events to showcase students’ work.
Cost: First consultation is free.
Brainstorm meaningful service projects that focus on intercultural issues
Receive guidance on which organizations should be approached
Learn about the vast array of culture-related community programs and services in your area
Give students the opportunity to showcase their meaningful work to the general public
Allow students to test their job skills in a way that supports community organizations.
CultureALL Ambassadors are available to meet with staff to demonstrate workshops and answer all your questions so you can be more informed when teaching students. These sessions are perfect for in-service training, curriculum writing sessions and district-wide diversity training.
Cost: $150 for the first hour, $50 for each additional hour
Explore a cultural topic in-depth
Ask sensitive questions without offending
Learn from a primary resource
Guide your own learning
Become comfortable with the subject matter
Develop a relationship with the subject matter expert.
Window Shopping For World Cultures
Come get a glimpse at the workshops you can bring to your classroom, and meet the people who make them so engaging. In your own school or district, you can host a Window Shopping for World Cultures event. We’ll arrange for a large sample of CultureALL Ambassadors from different countries to gather for an open-house meet & greet. Ambassadors will set up exhibit tables with artifacts and display materials from their workshops. Your district’s organizers will invite teachers and counselors to visit the Ambassadors, see how they’ll meet learning goals, find out what kinds of activities students will experience, and ask questions.
Window Shopping events can be targeted for a single school, or a whole school district. They can be targeted by subject area curricular connections (e.g. workshops that connect with physical education or consumer science.) They can also be targeted by grade level (e.g middle school only.) The event can easily be combined with other in-depth training options as part of a professional development day.
Cost: Varies, depending on the number of participants. Wherever possible, CultureALL will work with your school or district to help find a corporate sponsor to help underwrite the event.
One-to-one interaction with Ambassadors from more than one culture
Explore options and spark ideas for creating authentic cultural experiences for your students
Network with other teachers to plan collaborative programming
Develop a relationship with subject matter expert.
CultureALL usually offers at least one Window Shopping event each school year for Des Moines Public Schools. If space permits, educators from other school districts and community programs are invited to attend. If you would like to receive an e-mail notification of the next Window ShoppingEvent, click here to join our mailing list.
Don’t See Exactly What You’re Looking For?
If you are unable to find an option here that meets your needs, please contact us, and we will work with you to create a professional development option that works for you!