Create inclusive educational environments that benefit ALL learners! As schools become more diverse with students of differing abilities and needs, this self-reflective and action-oriented guide helps you create and support more inclusive schools and classrooms that intentionally educate all students. Using the Five Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency as a roadmap, this book presents: • Students’ learning differences as just that – differences rather than deficits • Strategies that show you how to break though the common barriers to culturally proficient and inclusive schooling • Assessments that gauge your awareness and show you how to best serve every student’s needs
Chapter 1: What Are Equity and Access Gaps? Why Do They Persist?
What Are Equity and Access Gaps? Why Do They Persist?
When school goals are developed from mission statements without shared values and clear vision, then goals and action plans will be nebulous and the mission will, again, not address the needs of all students in the school.
As an introductory activity for reading this book, examine your school and district’s mission and vision statements. In what ways are the statements aligned with your values, beliefs, and assumptions? In what ways are the statements aligned with your day to day actions as a member of the school/district community? In what ways are the values, beliefs, assumptions, and actions of your colleagues ...