The mission of Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.) is to improve the academic achievement of students of color while nurturing the growth and development of all students, and to promote systemic anti-racist practices and culturally relevant teaching through staff training and leadership development.
About Empowering Multicultural Initiatives
Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.), a project of EDCO Collaborative, specializes in anti-racist education by establishing the values of racial harmony in schools in order to benefit students, teachers, administration, and the larger community.
E.M.I. originated in 1993 as a collaborative of seven school districts in the Metro West region of Boston, Massachusetts, concerned with academic achievement and equitable education. Current E.M.I. districts include: Bedford, Concord, Concord-Carlisle High School, Needham, Newton, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston.
E.M.I. facilitators work with schools and educators to help develop and implement effective anti-racist practices and programs. Empowering Multicultural Initiatives (E.M.I.) seeks to establish anti-racist school climates that offer excellence and equity for all students.
For information about EMI or the EMI 2013 - 2014 course schedules and activities contact email@example.com
E.M.I. Spring 2014 Course Schedule
25-hour (2 credits) course
Anti-Racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students (EMI 1) This graduate level course is designed to introduce educators to the complex issues raised by race and racism and their impact on student learning and achievement. This course will also help increase the skills of cultural proficiency. Course # sp14ARSPA Course dates: Fridays: January 31st and March 28th from 8:30-3:30 Thursdays: February 13th, February 27th, March 13th, April 10th from 3:30-6:30 Snow date: Wednesday April 16th
Course # sp14ARSP Course dates: Saturdays: January 25th, February 8th, March 8th and March 29th Snow date: April 5th
E.M.I. 12.5-hour (1 credit) courses
Building Bridges of Understanding: Supporting the Development of Culturally Proficient Students This course is for educators who want to encourage students to be culturally proficient and to successfully navigate their way in a world that is becoming more diverse. Discussion topics will include: cultural differences, stereotypes, prejudice, and forms of systemic oppression. Activities and resources from this course can be used in Advisory programs, Open Circle discussions, etc. and/or integrated into a variety of subject areas. Course # Sp14BB Tuesdays: March 11th, March 25th, April 1st and April 15th from 3:30 to 6:40
Strategies for Examining and Addressing the Academic Achievement Gap This course will examine the current research on the influence of race, ethnicity and racism on academic achievement. Strategies that have been identified as successful will be studied and adapted to fit the needs of students in our schools in an effort to ensure that all students are provided with excellence and equity in their educational experience. Course # Sp14SEAA Tuesdays: January 28th, February 4th, February 25th and March 4th from 3:30 to 6:40
Understanding Self-Efficacy: Helping Students Do Their Best Work This course provides participants with an opportunity to explore concepts of self efficacy and attribution theory. Participants will examine how students’ perceptions of themselves as learners influence their academic engagement and performance. Participants will learn how to use a strengths approach, create a growth mindset environment, and give praise and constructive feedback that promote student success in the school setting. Course # Sp14USE Saturdays: March 1st and March 15th from 8:30 -3:30
Optional graduate credits are available from Framingham State University for $75 per credit.
E.M.I. 5-hour Seminar ENHANCING SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR IN MATH AND SCIENCE CLASSES This 5-hour seminar is designed for grade 3-12 teachers responsible for teaching math and/or science who want to understand what “cultural proficiency” looks like in their classes. (This is included in the new MA teacher evaluation standards.) Seminar: Math/Science Seminar date: January 11th 9:00 -2:30
To register or if you need more information on courses, seminars or registration contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration deadline is December 11th A course may be canceled due to low enrollment.
We will continue to accept registrations past the deadline as long as there is space available.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Amazing Grace - Words by John Newton, Music by Unknown
This inspiration song has a long history from when it was written by a slave ship captain after he survived a hurricane into the modern decade when any group or nation of people has persevered and survived dramatic odds.
A brief history.
History of the music of Amazing Grace by Wintley Phipps.
Bagpipe tribute to United States military.
In Cherokee by Walela (Rita Coolidge and her sisters)