Davis School District Program
Respecting Cultural And Ethnic Heritage (REACH) ~ REACH is a multicultural education program designed to increase knowledge and understanding related to cultural diversity.
REACH Training 2018-19: TBA
**Future Davis District REACH Training will be posted here.
REACH Basic Principles
- Multiple Perspectives
- Culture is Something Everybody Has
- Building Cultural Bridges
“When there are walls of ignorance between people, when we don’t know each other’s stories, we substitute our own myth about who that person is. When we are operating with only a myth, none of that person’s truth will ever be known to us and we will injure them – mostly without ever meaning to. What assumption did you make because she is a woman? What assumption did you make because he is Black? What myths were built around the neighborhood listed on the application? What myths were built around the employment of the father or the absence of the mother? What story did we tell ourselves in the absence of knowing this person’s real story?”
Paula Lawrence Wehmiller
Harvard Educational Review, Fall 1993
REACH: Respecting Cultural and Ethnic Heritage
REACH is a nationally recognized multicultural education program being disseminated throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. It has been approved as a National Diffusion Network Program (NDN) to be used in grades 6-9 Social Studies Classrooms. NDN programs have been field tested with students and are proven successful.
REACH is a multicultural education program designed for infusion into all areas of the regular Core Curriculum. The program intent is to increase knowledge and understanding related to cultural diversity in the United States while simultaneously reducing social distance between groups. The REACH curriculum process includes four phases:
Communication Skills: The students gain basic understanding and practical skills in the areas of self-awareness, interpersonal communication, and group dynamics through communication skill-building and problem-solving activities. These activities provide a foundation for the cross-cultural experience and learning that occur later in the program.
Cultural Self-Awareness: The participants study their own cultural background, learn the meaning and function of culture, and become aware of the cultural diversity of their own school. Each student engages in extensive research related to his/her culture, family, or community and then produces a large visual project to be displayed at a Cultural Fair.
Multicultural Knowledge: American history is presented in a way that adequately reflects the experiences and contributions of Asian American, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native American people, and European Americans. Students engage in learning activities which help them gain in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of different ethnic groups. The Ethnic Perspective Books can be used along with listening tapes.
Cross-Cultural Experience: After students gain basic understanding and practical skills in the areas of self-awareness, interpersonal communication skill-building and problem-solving activities. These activities provide a foundation and learning that occur later in the program.