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.

Guiding Your Own Research That Leads to Action

Guiding your own research that leads to action

To prompt learning, you've got to begin with the process of going from inside out. The first influence on new learning is not what teachers do pedagogically but the learning that's already inside the learner.

—Lee Shulman (1999, p. 10)

Getting Started

We invite you to take one last opportunity to listen to the voices of fellow educators. The unique thing about the educators in the following paragraph is that each is committed to educational improvement to support English learning students. They are ready to examine their own practice and context to see what needs to be done to more effectively meet the needs of English learning students. Pay attention to what each ...

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