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Create a schoolwide foundation to ensure academic success for ALL students This useful guide supports the needs of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse learners and demonstrates how a shared vision can increase student engagement and ensure that not-so-common learners benefit from academic rigor. Taking a system-wide approach, the authors offer educators a model arranged in six distinct yet complementary pathways to improve programs, policies, and practices for diverse learners. This innovative framework includes: Mapping and aligning an integrated curriculum–making the mainstream curricula accessible for all learners Collaborative planning and assessment–pooling intelligence so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts Teaching students explicit learning strategies–empowering students by increasing student-led learning Promoting disciplinary literacy–providing all students with access to pertinent academic language learning Featuring ...

A Shared and Inclusive Vision and Mission
A Shared and Inclusive Vision and Mission

Our values drive everything we do or say and, in turn, inform our vision.

—Frattura and Capper (2007, p. 41)

There’s nothing revolutionary about setting a clear vision and mission and fostering buy-in from a school community—it is basic School Leadership 101. However, what we are proposing here is an inclusive vision and mission, setting the groundwork for not only establishing equality for all students but equity as well—opportunities to help level the playing field for the not-so-common learner.

What does an inclusive vision for diverse learners look like? How do we design and carry out a mission of inclusion for all students? What do we need to do to improve learning for those ...

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