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Volume 1 – Issue 1

COE Diversity Newsletter: Our Lens



Let’s Begin by Hanna Wanzenried-Solberg

Welcome to the first edition of the UNO College of Education’s Diversity Newsletter, Our Lens. We hope you find the articles and resources in this issue relevant to your work as educators. The goal of this quarterly e-newsletter is to advertise and promote the wonderful events, resources and programs in our community that will help our COE students, staff and faculty become true world citizens. This newsletter will typically include information on teacher resources and curriculum. We will also feature upcoming trainings and professional development opportunities. This newsletter will also connect you to community events and resources to help you in and outside of the classroom.

We encourage you to help make this publication better by informing us of community events, trainings and resources. Your extra eyes and ears will help spread the word about these wonderful programs. Please email ideas for future topics or upcoming events to Hanna Wanzenried-Solberg, TED GA, at or by dropping off submissions to Roskens Hall 308B.

Educational Resources In this section you’ll find a collection of educational resources and user friendly curriculum.

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Upcoming Community Programs In this section you’ll find a compilation of upcoming community events, trainings and programs that will help you become a more informed educator.

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Educational Resources Anti-Defamation League’s Unheard Voices: This curriculum helps educators to integrate LGBT history, people, and issues into their instructional programs. This is a collaborative project between the ADL, GLSEN and StoryCorps. Teaching Tolerance: Think Outside the Box: Brainstorming About Gender Stereotype: /think-outside-boxbrainstorming-about-genderstereotypes

The Institute for Holocaust Education: IHE provides trainings, curriculum guides and resources for educators.


This curriculum features stories about empowering Native American women and busting stereotypes. ters/

Anti-Defamation League’s Combat Bulling: The ADL provides tools and resources for educators on anti-bullying. ng/ Native Daughters: Who they are, where they’ve been and why Indian Country could never survive without them.

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Centering Corporation’s Creative Healing: Being Heard - A creative healing program using the arts in dealing with the grief of at-risk youth.

GLSEN: Omaha Educator Development. GLSEN provides resources for teachers as well as frequent informational meetings and programs. Common Sense Media Curriculum Training: Common Sense provides free digital literacy and

citizenship curriculum resources and training for educators. http://www.commonsensemedia. org/educators Anti-Defamation League’s A Classroom of Difference: Anti-bias training for teachers. om.asp



Spring & Summer Internships, Trainings and Conferences Project Interfaith has three internship positions available at this time. Please contact Tom Laird at or visit for more information.


21% The percent of school-age children (children ages 5–17) who speak a language other than English at home (2009).

95% The percent of 6- to 21-year-old students with disabilities that were served in regular schools (2008).

16.3 million The number of public school students in grades 9 to 12 in the United States (2010).

31.3 million The number of children participating monthly in the National School Lunch Program in 2009.

The National Council Fellowships: Washington, DC Summer Internship Program ** Applications due March 12, 2012. For more information, visit: internship.html Bearing Witness Educator’s Conference (Omaha, NE) June 1821, 2012. For more information, visit: ess/default.asp National WWI Museum Teaching Fellowship (Kansas City, Missouri) June 26-29, 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.theworld dex.aspx?pgid=1218& gid=1 2012 Leo Martin March of the Living Educator’s Summer Seminar (Poland) June 21-28, 2012. For more information, visit: Memorial Library Nebraska Satellite Seminar on

Holocaust Education (Lincoln, NE) June 25-29, 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.thememoriallibrary.o rg/sponsored-programs/summersatellite-program/ 2012 Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers’ Program (DC, Poland and Israel) July 1- 20, 2012. For more information, visit: tml Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators 2012 (Washington, DC) July 8-10 or July 11-12, 2012. For more information, visit: n/foreducators/prodev/belfer/



Upcoming Community Events

The following list is by no means complete. It is our hope that you use these as suggestions for places to visit and events to participate in and then branch out on your own to find other local programs. History of Latinos in Omaha: 1900 to Present: January to May 2012 at the El Museo Latino. For more information, visit: hibits.html ADL: Come to the screening of the locally-filmed documentary When We Stop Counting. The film will be shown on March 13th at 7 p.m. with a networking beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Aksarben Cinema (2110 S 67th Street). For more information, visit: Soul Sanctuary Exhibit: February 2 – April 28, 2012 at the Loves Jazz and Arts Center. This exhibit features mages of the African American Church experience. For more information, visit: bits/

Empowerment Network Community Meeting: Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the North High School Viking Center from 8:45am-12:00pm. For more information, visit: /2010/ Empowerment Network Community Meeting: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the North High School Viking Center from 8:45am-12:00pm. For more information, visit: /2010/ Project Interfaith’s ChristianMuslim Study Circle: "A Common Word Between You and Me and What It Means for Christian-Muslim Relations" Sunday, April 29, 2012, 2:00-5:00 pm at Creighton University's Harper Center. For more information, visit: current-programs Project Interfaith’s Face to Faith: Speed Dialogue Event for Community Members of All Ages Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (Location TBD). For more information, visit: current-programs

World Refugee Day: The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2012 and will begin at 9:00 a.m. It will take place at Benson High School, located at 5120 Maple Street. For more information, visit: 71&event_id=10



CRT Best Practices Submitted by Linde Walter, Jen Coltvet & Janet Lech What experiences and skills does a new teacher need to be an effective, culturally responsive teacher? To be culturally responsive in education, it is important to be accepting of all students and their backgrounds. Being aware of the student population and family dynamics is basic knowledge that can be obtained before the school year starts. Knowing socioeconomic background gives insight into situations that may be affecting student learning. Culturally responsive teachers educate themselves in order to meet needs of the diverse population within the classroom. For example, the celebration of religious holidays should be done in a manner that is sensitive to all students. Another example is that social interaction varies from culture to culture, oftentimes seen in disciplinary situations. In addition to knowing your student population, finding community events to enrich and expand cultural awareness is crucial. The city of Omaha, along with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, offers many opportunities to experience other cultures in order to enhance diversity. New teachers need to seek out culturally diverse learning experiences to broaden their perspective, which will help them understand and adapt to cultural differences to meet their student’s individual learning needs.

Reflection: Food for Thought How can you employ what you read in this newsletter to your teaching practice or role as a learner? What will CRT look like for you over the coming months? What events will you attend? Remember, if you’re trying something new or going to a different part of Omaha that you are unfamiliar with, it is OK to bring a friend or colleague along to experience the event together. The more the merrier!

Our Lens  

The goal of this quarterly e-newsletter is to advertise and promote the wonderful events, resources and programs in our community that will...