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REACH Center

  • By: Gary R. Howard, Kristen French & Patricia McDonald
  • In: Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education
  • Edited by: James A. Banks
  • Subject:Diversity & Consistency, Sociology of Education (general)

The REACH Center (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) is a nonprofit educational organization providing multicultural curriculum, professional development programs, and systemic change strategies to schools and universities throughout the United States and internationally. The center was founded in the early years of the multicultural education movement and embodies within its approach to pedagogy and teacher development many of the groundbreaking theoretical insights and founding principles of the field.

History and Purpose

The REACH Center began in 1978 as an outgrowth of both the civil rights movement and the emerging field of multicultural education. In a rural and predominantly White school district in Washington state, a small team of middle school teachers, with the leadership of Gary Howard, sought to answer a set of challenging questions: How can ...

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