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.

River View School District: A Context for Educating Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students
River View School district: A context for educating linguistically and culturally diverse students

Introduction

You are being invited and challenged throughout this book to learn and apply the Essential Elements of Cultural Competence. Chapters 4 through 8 each describe one Essential Element by defining and discussing the Essential Element as a standard for educator behavior and school policy development. We are not suggesting a linear, one-for-one use of an Essential Element, but rather a holistic approach of Essential Elements as found in the rubric in Chapter 3. We present the Essential Elements in separate chapters to facilitate deep study and mastery of each of the elements.

The Essential Elements are brought together in Chapter 9 ...

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