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Chapter 5: From Critical Awareness to Transformative Action: How do We Prepare Educators to Become Cultural Brokers for Student Success?

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From Critical Awareness to Transformative Action: How do We Prepare Educators to Become Cultural Brokers for Student Success?
From critical awareness to transformative action: How do we prepare educators to become cultural brokers for student success?
Introduction

Students, especially those with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, are always learning to negotiate between their personal identity, family culture, and the culture of their classrooms and schools. In this learning process, educators usually play dual roles. As professionals facilitating the reinforcement of school policies and regulations, as well as classroom rules and expectations, educators are integral members of the school culture. Educators in most schools have shared understandings and perceptions that guide common classroom routines and practices at those schools. However, educators who work with students from diverse cultural ...

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