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

Culturally Relevant Reading and Writing Instruction

Culturally Relevant Reading and Writing Instruction

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.

—Clarence Day

In this chapter, I will share evidence-based instructional strategies that educators could implement at the Tier 1 level to teach reading, writing, and spelling skills. One of the most common questions among educators surrounding culturally relevant instruction is, “How do these strategies look within the classroom?” In response, I explain that most educators have implemented some sort of culturally relevant instruction some time in their career, although ...

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