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.

Assessing Cultural Knowledge: You, Your School, and Your Community

Assessing Cultural Knowledge: You, Your School, and Your Community

Assessing cultural knowledge: You, your school, and your community

Although we live in a world completely revolutionized by information, it is important to remember that it is “knowledge” we are seeking, not information. … Knowledge is always a reflection of who we are, in all our uniqueness.

—Margaret Wheatley (2005, p. 154)

Getting Centered

We invite you to think about yourself in two contexts—in the school or office where you work and in the community you serve. If you serve at a school site, the community would be the neighborhoods in which your students live. If you work in a district or area office, the community would be the area served by your district or board. Thinking about the following ...

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