The Schoolwide Considerations section addresses issues on a
systems-level by providing information on multicultural benchmarks and
characteristics of a multicultural school. If multicultural education is
to work in a classroom, it must also be reflected within the whole school.
A multicultural school would practice transformative and social action
approaches, in which the entire curriculum reflects multicultural perspectives
and encourages students and staff to take social action concerning race issues
(Banks, 1999). The multicultural benchmarks can serve as guidelines for
schools in maintaining an effective multicultural school. Some issues that
are addressed are: policy statements, staff, curriculum, parent participation,
teaching strategies, teaching materials, and monitoring/evaluation. Some
characteristics of a multicultural school include: ethnically diverse school
culture, respect for first languages and dialects, and culturally sensitive
Banks, J.A. (1999). An introduction to multicultural education (2nd
ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
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