“The book provides a root cause analysis of why so many students are failing in America's public schools. The materials translate research into practice and provide a rich collection of data for instructional strategies.”

—Mary Reeve, Director, Services for Exceptional Students

Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

Innovative, research-based strategies to reach all the learners in your class!

This second edition of the best-selling volume in the What Every Teacher Should Know series presents critical information about teaching learners from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, language, ability, and special needs backgrounds.

Updated throughout, this essential guide assimilates new data about how the brain processes information and provides tools for understanding and working with diverse students, including a cultural proficiency checklist, a vocabulary pretest and posttest, and a vocabulary summary. Donna Walker Tileston explores: Brain-compatible teaching strategies that engage diverse learners; Signs of bias to avoid in the classroom, including stereotypes, exclusion, selectivity, and more; How culture affects learning styles; Updated research on teaching children in poverty; Guidelines for working with English language learners

What Every Teacher Should Know About Diverse Learners shows teachers how to set high expectations for all students and facilitate their progress in fulfilling those expectations.

Working with Diversity: A Teacher's Checklist

Working with diversity: A teacher's checklist

Our understanding of the cultures of the classroom has grown substantially in the last 50 years. Yet there is no question that we still struggle with some demographic groups that are outside the dominant culture of the classroom. Lindsey, Robbins, and Terrell (2009) provide three barriers to making effective changes in schools today. They include

  • The presumption of entitlement, the belief that the accomplishments of the dominant society are due to the merit and personal qualities of the dominant culture without realizing that other cultures may have had more hurdles to jump to get to the same place.
  • Systems of oppression and privilege, “the societal forces that affect individuals due to their membership in a distinct ...
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