Dr. Jamila Lyiscott and Dr. Keisha Green are part of a team that has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant to conduct the project, "Short-Term Seminar Teachers Becoming Learners of Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Ghana." The team consists of: Dr. Jamila Lyiscott (Project Co-Director), Dr. Susan E. Wilcox (Project Co-Director & Coordinator), Dr. Keisha Green (Project Curriculum Specialist & Manager), Dr. Patricia Nunley (Project Evaluator), and Dr. Esther O. Ohito (Project Research Director).
This project represents a partnership between the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research and the Secondary Teacher Education Program at the College of Education and will be implemented in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology & Heritage Studies at the University of Ghana-Legon.
The project will foster teachers’ capacities to develop curriculum that supports the teaching of language and literacy to linguistically and culturally diverse students in the Massachusetts school districts of Amherst-Pelham, Holyoke, and Springfield. The project also aims to increase participating teachers’ knowledge and awareness of diversity through a study of linguistic and cultural heterogeneity in Ghana, and to promote cross-cultural and intellectual exchanges across national boundaries. Participating teachers will enjoy homestays in Wusuta and Mpeasem village communities to enhance cross-cultural learning and expose participants to the experiences of rural life.