About Us and Our Mission:
The owners and consultants of Diverse World Education have been educators for more than twenty-five years. Jincy Hobbs and Mary Kaven-Barron have taught elementary and middle school in the state of Michigan. Each of them is certified to teach secondary English and social studies and have worked on curriculum development in each of these academic areas.
Jincy Hobbs has a BS in Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and an MA in Education from Eastern Michigan. She has been trained in Reading Apprenticeship and Formative Assessment. Jincy was the social studies school improvement chair and on the district school improvement committee.
Mary Kaven-Barron has a BS in Education with an endorsement in Social Studies from Michigan State University and an MA in Reading Education from Eastern Michigan. She was the gifted & talented coordinator and has been a member of the school improvement team. Mary has been trained in Reading Apprenticeship as well as Formative Assessment.
As social studies teachers in Michigan schools, they realized that students did not spend sufficient amount of time studying the various civil rights movements in the United States to help them understand the civil rights issues confronting society today. Eventually, they created a civil rights class for middle school students which encouraged research and debate of historical as well as current civil rights issues. Standards for both social studies and English, Language Arts have been incorporated within the class. This curriculum provides each student with the opportunity to gain knowledge about themselves, develop an understanding of how civil rights impacts their lives and the lives of others, and how it relates to the core democratic values. They wanted students to understand both the United States Constitution and the fight that it has taken for many groups to achieve fair and equal treatment in our democratic society.
As middle school teachers, they knew that sixth graders typically are beginning to understand how government and society need to work together to meet the needs of its citizenry. They want students to leave with an understanding that in today’s world, it will be their duty as citizens to ensure equal rights. Historical civil rights movements as well as today’s fight for equality throughout the United States are part of the curriculum.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln