Kean University

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The manifestation of the unit's commitment to diversity is also evident in our Conceptual Framework and the Mission of the College of Education. We believe in preparing informed, dynamic professionals who will be sensitive to the unique and diverse learning styles of their students by designing instruction that is appropriately responsive to cultural differences that are inherent in their classrooms. Ultimately, the goal of the unit is to produce teacher candidates who recognize and respect the complexity of the world in which they live, to welcome the challenges associated with differentiating instruction to accommodate varying styles of learning, and function as advocates for educational quality and social justice for all learners. The ongoing fight for social justice and equity in the 21st century lies in access to technology and to rigorous curricula. Our PSA (Progressive Math Initiative) program which is training teachers to teach physics to 9th grade students in several urban districts where physics was never offered before is an example. The goal is for students to be ready to take AP Physics as 10th graders while they take chemistry that same year. This is an illustration of how Kean University fosters social justice.

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