Making Diversity Count
Anti-Defimation League
Making Diversity Count is a new online professional development program for middle and high school educators. Users can access this diversity training course on their own schedule to gain the skills and resources needed to create inclusive, respectful classrooms.
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About Making Diversity Count

Making Diversity Count is an online professional development tool for educators to build respectful and inclusive classrooms.

The Anti-Defamation League created Making Diversity Count through its
, a leading provider of anti-bias education and diversity training programs and resources. The Institute seeks to help participants recognize bias and the harm it inflicts on individuals and society; explore the value of diversity; improve intergroup relations; and combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry.

Why an Online Course Now?

The Anti-Defamation League, through its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute is recognized as the industry leader in helping educators and students deal with bias and prejudice through face-to-face trainings. Now, ADL is harnessing the power of technology to reach an even greater audience. Making Diversity Count reaches educators who might not be able to attend traditional face-to-face training. In the online course format, users progress at their own pace, allowing for a personal, introspective and convenient experience anywhere, anytime.

Making Diversity Count is a 21st century tool, advancing ADL’s mission, to combat bias to help create safe and inclusive classrooms for all.

Course Elements

Making Diversity Count was developed with leading educators and experts from the fields of civil rights, social justice and education and piloted and tested by researchers from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Educators hear from authorities in the fields of teaching, education and civil rights as they explore the topics of -- diversity, personal identity, cross-cultural communication and conflict.

Teachers participating in the course receive tools and curricula they can put to use in the classroom right away, develop strategies to prevent name-calling and bullying, effectively work with diverse student groups and receive interdisciplinary lesson plans. Those completing the course receive professional development hours which can be used to apply for CEUs from their districts.

The course includes:
  • Interactive activities
  • School-based video scenarios
  • Private and personal course journal
  • Ten interdisciplinary lesson plans
  • Readings and resource list
  • Online peer-to-peer discussion board

What do teachers think?

An MDC pilot was conducted in the fall of 2007 with the aid of researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who also evaluated the program’s efficacy.  More than 90% of educators reported gains in their ability and confidence to communicate across different cultures, to recognize prejudice in themselves and others and to confront bias in the classroom. Here are some excerpts of participant feedback:
  • Everyone who is involved with people who are not "just like themselves" should take this course. It never hurts to isolate personal biases and prejudices before they hurt someone intentionally or non-intentionally.

  • I am ecstatic to have completed the course. I feel as though I have grown as a person by doing this and I totally appreciate the opportunity to participate in this pilot.

  • This was a real learning experience! I loved that I could do this in the privacy of my home. It was very relaxing and enlightening. I have printed off all of the materials and I am looking forward to "Making Diversity Count" in my classroom! Thanks!

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