Help students thrive with this systematic approach to culturally responsive instruction! Research shows that students of color learn best in classrooms that reflect their cultural values. This breakthrough book shows educators how to create culturally relevant RTI models that help diverse students thrive! Step–by–step, you’ll learn to skillfully apply 4 core characteristics critical to culturally responsive instruction: communalism, movement expressiveness, orality, and verve. Richly detailed case studies and evidence-based, process-focused strategies will help you to: • Understand how and why culture mediates learning • Dispel cultural biases and appreciate the assets among all student groups • Address all tiers of the RTI model across grade levels • Eliminate disproportionality in special education eligibility decisions • Work collaboratively with African American parents and communities Use this thought-provoking handbook to confidently design high quality, culturally responsive instruction that fits the cultural needs of most African-American students! “All educators working with diverse students should read this book! Using personal experiences, the author provides examples of culturally responsive classroom instruction that brings tears to my eyes realizing what I missed in my own education.” –Julie Esparza Brown, Assistant Professor in Special Education Portland State University “Diversity in race and culture is one of the greatest issues facing students and teachers in education today. Without changing our mindset and understanding how others learn, we will never meet the expectations of educating all people. This book is outstanding in addressing these issues. It is truly a powerful read and something all educators should keep as a resource when making decisions for students who do not fall into that stereotypical ‘box’.” –Cindy Lawrence, Curriculum Coordinator Lumberton ISD “This book presents salient and provocative ideas with regards to teaching the way students learn. These ideas are not readily spoken about in teacher preparation programs or in schools. This book provides an avenue to discuss the ways African American students learn best.” –Lydia Adegbola, Assistant Principal NYC Department of Education

How Did We Get Here?

How Did We Get Here?

Response to intervention (RTI) is arguably one of the most popular initiatives within school districts across the country. Some educators are well versed with implementing RTI, while others are becoming more familiar with the process. The good news about RTI is that components that comprise the model have been used in the classroom for years; in fact, most educators have been implementing principles related to RTI throughout their teaching career (Brown-Chidsey & Steege, 2005). Although key components of RTI have been used for years, important questions surround the model:

  • Why did RTI become so popular two decades ago?
  • What’s the big idea about RTI?
  • Why are states implementing this process now?
  • How did we get to this point in ...
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