Educational Services Center
1921 A Street La Porte, Indiana 46350
Phone: 219-362-7056 Fax: 219-324-9347

Helping Staff Understand and Value Diversity

La Porte Community School Corporation, The South La Porte County Special Education Cooperative, And The La Porte Chamber of Commerce Hosted Inservice on “Helping Staff Understand and Value Diversity”

Ms. Maggie Finefrock
Ms. Maggie Finefrock from the REACH
Center speaks to the audience during
the full day inservice on diversity

La Porte Community School Corporation, the South La Porte County Special Education Cooperative, and the La Porte Chamber of Commerce hosted a full day inservice on Tuesday, October 10th for school staff and local business people “Helping Staff Understand and Value Diversity”.

The inservice was held at La Porte High School in the auditorium and was presented by Ms. Maggie Finefrock, Dr. Frank Hernandez, and Mr. Jessie Myles from the REACH Center, a nationally recognized non-profit organization which provides cultural diversity services throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Project REACH (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) is a multicultural education program intended to increase knowledge and understanding related to cultural diversity in America which assists agencies with strategic planning and training for individuals, young and old alike, to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to function in a culturally and racially diverse world and educational institutions, businesses and communities to value the human diversity that is found within their educational and/or workplace environments.

The REACH Center is able to carry out its work through the utilization of its over 200 nationally certified trainers who have established records in public speaking, group facilitation, program and curriculum development, as well as conducted research and training in the area of multicultural education and ethnic history.

Former superintendent Dr. Judith
DeMuth addresses the group

Through its quality services, the REACH Center creates learning experiences for schools and districts which inspire and empower people to participate in their own personal growth, as well as involve them in activities that connect participants with current concepts, resources, and information; promote cultural self-awareness and understanding; examine the basic components and the historical, institutional power of the "isms" -racism, sexism, elitism, etc.; engage in cross-cultural learning activities which help gain in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of different ethnic and cultural groups; and provide a conceptual framework and practical strategies for dealing effectively with implementing multicultural concepts and activities into schools and classrooms through the use of age-appropriate curricula.

After being inserviced, participants will be able to articulate a conceptual framework for multicultural education and REACH; apply REACH Basic Principles to classrooms and community; continuously develop empathy and skills for effective teaching and leadership with students and community members from all backgrounds.

Former Associate Superintendent for LaPorte Community Schools Dr. Dennis K. Shawver stated “we are very pleased that the inservice was well attended by our staff and representatives from the South La Porte County Special Education Cooperative, Mayor Leigh Morris’s office, and the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce”.