Michigan Education Association

What is Cultural Competency?

A culturally competent curriculum recognizes, respects and responds to and celebrates cultural differences, offering full equitable access to education for all students from all cultures.

Cultural competency goes beyond cultural awareness. It denotes an individual’s ability to effectively interact with and among others whose values, behaviors and environments are different from your own.

Upcoming events

Celebrate Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the final draft of the Constitution was signed by 39 delegates. The document was then sent to the states for ratification, and went into effect on June 21, 1788 when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.

The Library of Congress offers WONDERFUL materials at http://thomas.loc.gov/teachers/constitution.html

Here you will find the topics of Resources for Teachers | American Memory Collections | Stories for Kids from America's Library | Books | Webcasts 

Among the Lesson Plans are: •In Congress Assembled Examine the Constitution and link early legislative debates to issues of today. (Grades 6-12)•The Constitution:Counter Revolution or National Salvation? Identify arguments for and against the ratification of the Constitution. (Grade 11) •George Washington and the Constitution Explore Washington's leadership in forging a new nation. (Grades 8-12) (Recommended by Karen Becknell, Media specialist Emeritus from Madison Heights Lamphere)

Wayne RESA’s site developed by David Hales Visit socialstudies.resa.net and click on “Constitution Day,” then “Website Resources” to find a list of websites arranged by grade level clusters. 

Take the Constitution Quiz

The Bill of Rights Institute website has many Free Resources, including an interesting ‘interactive “Constitution Quiz.”

For a fascinating quiz to use with your students on Constitution Day: Michigan Council for History Education.

Michigan Council for the Social Studies Conference

February 9-10, 2009
Amway Grand Hotel  Grand Rapids, Michigan


The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University

is pleased to announce the launch of a new website on the Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. The site, Making the History of 1989, (offers students, teachers, and scholars access to hundreds of primary sources on or related to the events of 1989 and the end of the Cold War in Europe, interviews with prominent historians, and a series of resources for teachers at both the high school and college level. As with all resources created by our Center, all the resources contained in Making the History of 1989 are and will remain free and open access. If you have questions about this project, please contact the project's Executive Producer, T. Mills Kelly (tkelly7@gmu.edu). This project has been made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the German Historical Institute (Washington, D.C.).

Great Science for Girls: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science through After-School Programs (SGS)

A new and exciting website has just been launched as part of an NSF funded national initiative—Great Science for Girls: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science through After-School Programs (SGS). 

The GSG website is designed to build the capacity of after-school centers and intermediaries to deliver evidence-based programming that will broaden and sustain girls’ interest and persistence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 


Looking for a technique to enhance respect for diversity on your association team or work environment?  Contact International Understanding Commission member, J. Gail Armstrong-Hall at paleo20@hotmail.com.

Michigan-Shiga Student Exchange information

A Blog link on the Fulbright-Hays trip (Ann Borders) to Bulgaria

Education International

United Nations of United States of America


Updated: February 26, 2010 3:29 PM

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)

Native American Heritage Month (November)

Black History Month (February)

Women's History Month (March)

Asian Pacific Islander Month (May)

Human Relations Commission

International Understanding Commission

Minority Concerns Committee

Migrant Education Committee

Women's Issues Committee