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.

Managing the Dynamics of Difference: You, Your School, and Your Community

Managing the dynamics of difference: You, your school, and your community

In a healthy democracy, public conflict is not only inevitable but prized. Taking advantage of our right to disagree fuels our creativity and allows us to adjudicate critical questions of many sorts; true versus false, right versus wrong, just versus unjust.

—Parker Palmer (2011, p. 61)

Getting Centered

The third Essential Element, Managing the Dynamics of Difference, takes us deeper into creating opportunities for personal reflection and dialogue with colleagues. At the completion of this chapter, you will have studied three of the Five Essential Elements as standards for educator behavior and school's educational practices that guide our work as educators. At this point in your reading, ...

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