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 Tools of Cultural Proficiency

The tools of cultural proficiency

My concern is not to deny the political and directive nature of education—a denial that, for that matter, it would be impossible to reduce to act—but to accept that this is its nature, and to live a life of full consistency between my democratic option and my educational practice, which is likewise democratic.

—Paulo Freire (1998, p. 79)

Getting Centered

Personal reflection and dialogue with colleagues, students, and parents/guardians are communication skills used by those who aspire to be culturally proficient. Our experiences confirm for us that people and organizations effective in cross-cultural communication regularly engage in “thinking about their own thinking” and in “seeking to understand others.”

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