Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 9-1-2011

Journal / Book Title

Multicultural Education


Raising tolerance for people of different ethnic and racial groups is the goal of the Multicultural Mosaic program, a grass-roots multicultural education effort initiated by a small group of middle school teachers in a private school in the northeast. After years of enjoying the comforts of a modern, but European-based, curriculum, these teachers took the initiative to pursue an ambitious transformation of their entire school's approach to pedagogy. Not only would the English teachers introduce new texts by foreign authors and the social studies teachers introduce new materials on the history of non-Western cultures, but also the teachers of mathematics and physical education would integrate specific foreign cultures to their teaching in the classroom and on the playground. Extracurricular activities, many of which rely upon the support of parents and volunteers, would be changed also to reflect specific themes in the multicultural movement at the school.

Journal ISSN / Book ISBN


Published Citation

Brandwein, David, and Christopher Donoghue. "A Multicultural Grassroots Effort to Reduce Ethnic and Racial Social Distance among Middle School Students." Multicultural Education 19, no. 1 (2011): 38-43.