"This book integrates a self-evaluative framework for making changes and includes tools for improving one's own learning environment."
—Rachel Mederios, ELL Teacher and Building Program Supervisor
Jefferson Elementary School, Boise, ID
"This book is relevant to anyone who acknowledges the diversity within any group of people. The steps are clearly outlined so the practitioner can implement them and meet the needs of every individual."
—Thelma A. Davis, Principal
Robert Lunt Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV
Close the achievement gap by closing the culture gap
Teaching children from diverse backgrounds begins with simple questions: What is my culture? What are my students' cultures? How does culture affect how I teach and how my students learn? Can I learn to value and honor the unique experiences and cultures of my students? These are essential questions for educators with a sincere desire to help all students succeed. This comprehensive guide provides detailed examples that show why and how to create culturally responsive, standards-based (CRSB) instruction in the classroom, schoolwide, and at the district level. Results of effective programs include:
- Increased academic success for all learners
- Engaged and motivated students
- Development of critical thinking skills necessary for higher learning
- Strengthened partnerships between students, families, and communities
This new edition is enhanced with nationwide examples, up-to-date resources, and tools that can be implemented immediately. Principals, administrators, K–12 teachers, curriculum and staff developers, and college instructors will find this handbook a valuable and powerful tool for promoting student engagement and improving struggling schools.
The first edition of Classroom to Community and Back: Using Culturally Responsive, Standards-Based Curriculum contained a set strategies, tools, and resources that tap into students' cultures in a way that enriches the curriculum, expands opportunities for parent and community involvement, and boosts student achievement. The first edition included numerous snapshots of K-12 schools in the northwest states of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Washington where a culturally responsive curriculum is in place.
The second edition includes many of the same resources but offers many new snapshots that captures culturally responsive schools across the country, not just the northwest.