Integrating the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency with the PLC framework, this guide provides school leaders with practical strategies for building equity-focused PLCs to help all students achieve.

Adapting to Diversity Through Supportive and Shared Conditions

Adapting to diversity through supportive and shared conditions

The courses, the texts, and the experiences all are aimed at addressing some alleged pathology on the part of the students, their families, their communities, and/or their cultures. The school quickly imperializes the space of normalcy, and any students who do not conform to that space are thought to have abnormalities that emanate from outside of the school in the “dangerous, chaotic worlds” of their families and communities.

—Ladson-Billings, 2005, p. 19

Getting Centered

Adapting to diversity involves recognizing that our school communities are composed of many cultural groups. In Chapter 6, we noted that we cannot not have diversity. When educators and their schools successfully adapt to diversity, a commitment is made ...

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