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Cultural diversity seminars scheduled

September 24, 1998

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The vice president of multicultural affairs for Mary Washington College will lead a series of daylong seminars this fall for every employee of Jefferson County Schools.

The seminars led by Forrest A. Parker and his associate, Clarence Robertson, will begin in October and conclude in November.

The seminars follow the August adoption of a cultural diversity program by the Jefferson County Board of Education.

About 100 employees can take part in each of the seminars, which will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown,W.Va., and at the Cliffside Inn in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Each of the 13 schools in the system will be closed on a specific day so employees of each school can be trained. Students will not report to school on the day training is scheduled for their school's employees.

The board office on Mordington Avenue will remain open throughout the training schedule, with board office staff rotating into different seminar schedules.

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The training schedule is as follows:




HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Monday, Oct. 12 (a holiday) - Transportation, maintenance and board office staff at the Clarion

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Jefferson High School staff at the Clarion

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Shepherdstown Elementary, Shepherdstown Junior High and board office staff at the Clarion

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Monday, Oct. 26 - Harpers Ferry Junior High, C.W. Shipley Elementary and board office staff at the Cliffside Inn

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Tuesday, Nov. 17 - Page Jackson Elementary, Wright Denny Intermediate and board office staff at the Clarion

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Wednesday, Nov. 18 - Ranson Elementary and Blue Ridge Elementary at the Clarion

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Thursday, Nov. 19 - Charles Town Junior High and South Jefferson Elementary at the Clarion

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Monday, Nov. 30 - North Jefferson Elementary and T.A. Lowery at the Clarion

The Board of Education has received a $13,000 state grant to pay for a portion of the training and hopes to receive a second grant for the same amount. Training for each of the more than 800 school employees is expected to cost about $26,000.

The school system's cultural diversity plan is centered on five goals:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Develop a comprehensive curriculum that is inclusive, reflects ethnic diversity and promotes contributions from all cultures.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Provide an environment that aids in the development of a positive self-image for all students.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Develop a program that actively recruits ethnic minority faculty and staff to reflect the student populations.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Encourage community involvement in creating a culturally inclusive school environment.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Provide ongoing cultural diversity training that creates an awareness and appreciation of other cultures and ethnic groups.

The plan was developed by a 34-member committee comprised of educators, parents, and community and business leaders.

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