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

Overcoming Barriers and Creating Opportunities for Learning

Overcoming Barriers and Creating Opportunities for Learning

Society, in agreeing to assign medical meanings to disability, colludes . . . to keep it a personal matter and “treat” the condition and the person with the condition rather than “treating” the social processes and policies that constrict people’s lives.

Simi Linton (1998, p. 11)

Getting Centered

What is your reaction to this quote? What might be some educational antidotes to deep seated systems of oppression, privilege, and entitlement; unawareness of the need to adapt; perceptual, cultural, environmental, emotional, and language blocks and barriers to creative thinking and action; and ableist medical model treatments of student learning variability?

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Countering the Barriers with the Nine Guiding Principles

The four Tools of Cultural Proficiency introduced in ...

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