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

Using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency and the Vision and Practices of Inclusive Education as a Conceptual Framework

Using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency and the Vision and Practices of Inclusive Education as a Conceptual Framework

To meet each student where they are, they need to be understood as persons and learners. This means recognizing the fullness of their gifts; their passions; their race, class, and culture; additional aspects of context and history; their families; their belief and values; and their possibilities.

Gleason & Gerzon (2013, p. 4)

Getting Centered

In what ways does this opening quote resonate for you? Who are your students? What gifts and talents might they bring to your school community? In what ways do you provide for and support their possibilities? What ...

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