NEA Academy Partners with the Anti-Defamation League
The National Education Association (NEA) Academy has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, to offer the NEA's 3.2 million members access to the ADL's online professional development tool, Making Diversity Count.
Making Diversity Count is an interactive course designed to increase educators' capacities to interact with students of diverse backgrounds. The course is enriched with dramatic reenactment scenarios, hands-on activities, expert video commentary, choice or consequences activities, readings, an online discussion board, and a personalized action plan. The course requires participants to think deeply about concepts of race, culture, effective communications, anti-bullying, diversity, bias, and inclusiveness and how to integrate these concepts into classrooms. It also challenges participants to think about the application of these concepts in their personal lives.
Through the NEA-ADL partnership, NEA members will have access to the 15-hour online course for the special price of $126.
To ensure that the Making Diversity Count course provides superior professional learning opportunities, the program was prescreened against a set of quality standards that were developed by NEA members in consultation with the National Staff Development Council. Before the course was included in the Academy, it was also recommended by a Quality Review Board consisting of NEA members and state staff. This peer-review process ensures members receive the highest quality courses.
"Today's educators are increasingly faced with the challenges and opportunities presented by multi-cultural populations in schools," said Dr. Ed S. Alster, director of education, ADL. "Making Diversity Count was created to help educators meet this challenge by providing them with tools to build classrooms that are inclusive and equitable."
Additional information about the NEA Academy and Making Diversity Count can be found online.