Swampscott Reporter

Marilyn Glazer-Weisner offers multi-cultural workshop

Friday, January 05, 2007 - Updated: 04:43 PM EST

Marilyn Glazer-Weisner of Swampscott has begun her own business as an independent bilingual trainer and educational consultant.

Formerly associated with YouthBuild/Just A Start, she has been asked to present a workshop to anyone who wants to be exposed to this learning at Cambridge College, Cambridge. The workshop, titled “Looking at Education through the Lens of Culture: The Multi-Cultural Landscape of the 2007 Classroom,” will draw on her background in bilingual training and education services, she says.

The workshop, scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, is designed to help educators consider the role of culture in explaining school success or failure. It will examine the ways in which cultural clashes present learning obstacles in traditional classrooms, and how understanding them can extend teaching and learning repertoires.

"With the courage acquired through this learning, educators can promote diversity both inside and outside of the classroom,” Glazer-Weisner says. “This workshop focuses on communicating more effectively with people from other cultures, transferring this new knowledge into different contexts, and deepening the understanding through discussion and activities."

Glazer-Weisner adds, "Even though I left the environment of disenfranchised youth in Cambridge and Chelsea behind to move on with this other work, I have continued with my work with low-income, at-risk youth much more locally in the city of Lynn in a partnership program at North Shore Community College. In this capacity I serve as the mentor coordinator, writing curriculum to train low-income high-school juniors to participate in a healthy leadership development chain that will enable them to become mentors to middle-school aged at-risk youth affiliated with NSCC through Project Y.E.S., Youth Engaged in Social Action."

She also teaches semester-long training called the College Success Seminar which includes the newly developed curriculum and became a published author in September when her article, "Language Proficiency Testing or Assessment Tools and Practices,” was published in “Teaching for Our Times: Engaging International and Multicultural Students," Volume 5.