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

Assessing Cultural Knowledge Through Authentic and Differentiated Strategies

Assessing Cultural Knowledge Through Authentic and Differentiated Strategies

The question that educators and psychologists often struggle with is: How smart is the student? Gardner suggested that this is the wrong question to ask. The question that needs to be addressed is:

How is this student smart? This question presumes that all students are smart; they are just smart in different ways.

Mary Falvey, Mary Blair, Mary P. Dingle, and Nancy Franklin (2000, p. 194)

Getting Centered

What do you know about how you are smart? What do you know about how your students or your own children are smart? What do you know about how your personal cultural background and experiences affect your view of and how you assess what ...

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