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Foreword (PDF)

Acknowledgments (PDF)

About This Guide (PDF)

What Is a Culture?  (PDF)
by Nancy Jervis, Ph.D.

Culture: A Geographical Perspective (PDF)
by  Charles Heatwole, Ph.D.

Curriculum Resources

Glossary (PDF)

Call For Content
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Regents of The University 

Robert M. Bennett, Chancellor, B.A., M.S. Tonawanda

Adelaide L. Sanford, Vice Chancellor, B.A., M.A., P.D.


Saul B. Cohen, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. New Rochelle
James C. Dawson, A.A., B.A., M.S., Ph.D. Peru
Anthony S. Bottar, B.A., J.D. North Syracuse
Merryl H. Tisch, B.A., M.A. New York
Geraldine D. Chapey, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. Belle Harbor
Arnold B. Gardner, B.A., LL.B. Buffalo
Harry Phillips, 3rd, B.A., M.S.F.S. Hartsdale
Joseph E. Bowman, Jr., B.A., M.L.S., M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D. Albany
Lorraine A. CortÉs-VÁzquez, B.A., M.P.A. Bronx
James R. Tallon, jr., B.A., M.A.  Binghamton
Milton L. Cofield,  B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. Rochester
John Brademas, B.A., Ph.D. New York
Roger B. Tilles, B.A., J.D. Great Neck

President of The University and Commissioner of Education

Richard P. Mills


Chief of Staff

Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs

Kathy A. Ahearn


Chief Operating Officer
Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Management Services
Theresa E. Savo


Deputy Commissioner for Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education

James A. Kadamus


Assistant Commissioner for Curriculum and Instructional Support

Jean C. Stevens


Assistant Director for Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology



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