Utopia Education does not take a “cookie cutter” approach to the provision of its services. Instead, in collaboration with the identified key school stakeholders, a plan is designed and implemented that is unique for every school. While a number of approaches are utilized by Utopia Education’s clients, the most common consist of some variation of the following four-step plan:
1. Multicultural Needs Assessment
In collaboration with the identified key school stakeholders, Dr. Bennett determines to what extent the school’s…
• administration, faculty, staff, and student body are diverse;
• affinity groups address the needs of their members;
• pedagogical methods, materials, and curriculum are multicultural (through the lenses of language, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability);
• world language programs lead to student target language fluency.
Dr. Bennett designs a series of workshops in which the identified key school stakeholders…
• develop a deeper understanding of personal biases and beliefs about people from non-dominant groups;
• gain a greater awareness of differences and how to address them appropriately;
• determine how schools can work to combat institutional practices that discriminate against non-dominant groups;
• learn to analyze and subsequently implement school policies and practices through the lens of multicultural education philosophy.
3. Follow-Up Multicultural Needs Assessment
After a designated period of time, and using the criteria from Step 1, Dr. Bennett conducts a second multicultural needs assessment to determine the extent to which the school has become multicultural.
4. Follow-Up Discussions
Upon completion of the Follow-Up Multicultural Needs Assessment, Dr. Bennett and the identified key school stakeholders discuss any questions and/or concerns that either side may have regarding the extent to which the school’s multicultural needs are being addressed.
Dr. Bennett is also available for speaking engagements. Potential topics include, but aren’t limited to, the importance of providing students with a multicultural education and the roles that the following play in the multicultural education process: language, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender, sexuality, and ability.