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Conference Focuses on Teaching in Culturally Diverse Classrooms

Education Graduate Students to Present Workshops Nov. 19 on Dealing With Controversial Topics, Gender Studies to Vietnamese Curriculum
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Cal State Fullerton is presenting a Tuesday, Nov. 19, conference on “Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Teaching,” featuring workshops presented by 12 education graduate students.  

The 4:30-7 p.m. event includes an opening reception in Pollak Library’s Rotary Club of Fullerton Room 130, with breakout workshop sessions beginning at 5 p.m. throughout the library. The conference is free and open to the public, including for teacher candidates and middle school and high school teachers of social studies, foundational level math, English language arts, science and world languages. 

Workshops focus on such education topics as exploring diversity in Vietnamese curriculum, culturally responsive teaching practices, critical gender studies, navigating controversial topics in the classroom and collaborative learning strategies in middle school mathematics.

The interactive workshops will explore conceptual and practical aspects of culturally and linguistically sustaining teaching in their discipline, said Alison G. Dover, associate professor of secondary education. 

The graduate student presenters are early career teachers who are in an 18-month combined credential and master’s in education-culturally and linguistically sustaining teaching pilot pathway, offered by the Department of Secondary Education. The pathway prepares teacher candidates to promote academic achievement among students from diverse local and global communities and build collaborative relationships with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, students, parents and colleagues, said Dover, coordinator of the pathway program. 

To register for the event, visit the websiteFor more information about the conference visit online or contact Dover at