Experience Greek society and culture while attending informational seminars in the seaside communities of Volos and Athens, two of the 2004 Summer Olympic cities. Participate in social service activities to observe practices addressing societal issues.
While in Volos, explore such places as the traditional villages of the Pelion mountain region of Thessaly, the majestic rock formations with ancient monasteries and ancient ruins at Meteora, the Athanassakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos and perhaps one of the outlying islands.
After departing Volos, travel to Athens and tour the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Akropolis with its Parthenon, the Plaka area, the Benakion Museum of Greek Civilization, the Greek National Historical Museum, and the Athens 2004 Olympic village building. These communities reflect urban, rural and diverse environments and offer unique opportunities for professional and personal growth.
- learn skills for working with children and families from diverse
- better understand variations in beliefs, traditions, and values
across cultures within and the effect of the relationships among child,
family, and schooling as related to special education placement and
- better understand the characteristics and effects on educational
performance of the cultural and environmental milieu of the child
and the family including cultural and linguistic diversity, socioeconomic
level, abuse/neglect, and substance abuse;
- learn to incorporate strategies that consider the influence of diversity
on assessment, eligibility, programming, and placement of individuals
with exceptional learning needs;
- better understand cultural perspectives influencing the relationship
among families, schools, and communities as related to effective instruction
for individuals with exceptional learning needs;
- learn to promote better understanding of diverse cultures and manifestation
of cultural differences in classroom interactions; and
- develop effective communication and collaborative strategies for
relationships with professionals, families of children with disabilities,
and families from culturally diverse backgrounds.
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