Help your English learning students achieve academic success!

U.S. demographics are quickly shifting, and it is more important than ever to reach and teach English learning students. Designed to empower educators to become agents of change in their classrooms, schools, and communities, this guide introduces the principles of Cultural Proficiency and how they can help improve educators' ability to effectively teach English language learners. This book features: Activities that build core Cultural Proficiency skills and promote personal transformation; A chapter-by-chapter rubric for working effectively with English learning students; A conversation-starting case story featuring the River View School District; Strategies for using action research to improve the success of English learning students; By focusing on Cultural Proficiency—and the underlying causes of EL achievement gaps—educators can uncover ways to break down academic barriers and use students' cultural background as educational assets.

The Context and Tools for Educating English Learning Students
The context and tools for educating English learning students

Introduction

Schools across Canada and the United States continue to seek ways in which they can effectively educate English learning students. For far too long, educating English learning children and youth has been at the margins of the education enterprise. Historically, indigenous First Nations, African American, and Latino students have been marginalized in our schools. Coupled with immigrant populations from around the world and the emergence of stringent assessment and accountability measures, schools now are expected to close achievement gaps with no excuses. We have developed this book as a tool to support your and your colleagues' ongoing professional learning. Chapters in Part I trace the history of English ...

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