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Creating Culturally Considerate Schools

Creating Culturally Considerate Schools
Educating Without Bias

July 2012 | 176 pages | Corwin

Are you seeing your students clearly?

This unique collaboration between a veteran educator and a psychotherapist shows that the educators who are most effective in teaching diverse student populations are the ones who can "see students clearly and respond to their needs without hesitation or bias." Framed around an original, eight-stage model of diversity development, this book provides readers with essential tools for building a sturdy foundation of mutual respect upon which schools without bias can be constructed. Included are specific strategies for creating a school environment that

  • Gives voice and consideration to all students
  • Shows interest, empathy, and respect for all staff members
  • Advocates respect and reverence of individuality
  • Adapts innovative policies—despite resistance—that best serve the total school community

In addition to vignettes, anecdotes, and case examples, the authors provide worksheets for problem-solving, conflict resolution, clear communication, rules of engagement, reflection, and scenario study. This book will help educators boost student achievement by giving them how-to strategies that work across content areas to create a culturally considerate classroom and school climate that supports student success and reinforces the strength of individual teachers, administrators, and auxiliary personnel.

About the Authors
Part I. Culturally Considerate Schools
1. Manner & Methods
2. Model of Cultural Consideration and Equity Skill Building
3. Practical Applications of the Model
Part II. Model Phases
4. Self-Examination
5. Reflection
6. Integration
7. Actualization
8. Equity & Social Justice
Part III. Educating Without Bias
9. Portraits of Culturally Considerate Educators
10. Landscape of a Culturally Considerate School
Part IV. Appendices & Tools

“The authors provide a clear and comprehensive model for becoming culturally considerate. The transparent reflections of their journey are refreshing. This book is for the new and seasoned educators, alike. You will walk away with sincere reflections that propel you to face the bias by which we all operate.”

Tiffany Powell-Lambright, Assistant Professor
The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY

Creating Culturally Considerate Schools is a thought-provoking resource for pre-service teachers and current practitioners. Its unique approach will captivate the reader’s attention.”

Maria Whittemore, Minority Achievement Coordinator
Frederick County Public Schools, MD

“A most unique kind of book that will appeal to the millions of caring teachers that are struggling to understand issues of diversity in a meaningful way. This book will impact how successful teachers can actually be when teaching diverse students.”

William A. Howe, Educational Consultant
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

“This book provides numerous opportunities for teachers' self-reflection on the journey of creating a culturally considerate classroom.”

Deborah L. Misiag, President
Maryland Multicultural Coalition

"I particularly like the book because of the dialogue style. The authors each share their perspectives and help me reflect on the complexities of issues that I deal with. It's so easy to read books that reinforce our worldview, and similarly to reject books that confront us with a different perspective than our own. I thought that this book struck a good balance between the two."

Graig Meyer, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Fits well with course objectives.

Dr Sheryl Erickson
teacher education, Southwestern College
March 1, 2014
Key features
  • Organized around an original 8-step Model of Diversity Development that can be used as the basis for changing individual teaching practices and creating equitable schools.
  • A unique collaboration between a seasoned educator and psychotherapist that goes beyond educator self-awareness and emphasizes the need for accountability and reparation.
  • Includes many valuable, research-based strategies for improving classroom instruction.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 4: Self-Examination

For instructors

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