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Building Culturally Responsive Classrooms
A Guide for K-6 Teachers



May 2006 | 192 pages | Corwin

"Concha Delgado Gaitan has provided a wonderful resource to all educators. The topics used to structure the chapters provide the reader with an orderly consideration of the school as a cultural entity itself. Most important, each chapter provides the reader with clear theoretical applications in a hands-on manner that is meaningful and easy to use."
--Randall B. Lindsey, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles
Principal Associate, The Robins Group

"Concha Delgado Gaitan brings a wealth of personal experience and years of research to Building Culturally Responsive Classrooms. It is thought provoking and challenges us to get to know and understand how culture affects students in order to foster the best working and learning environment."
--Judy M. Alva, Elementary Vice Principal
Lodi Unified School District, CA

Allow your classroom setting and instruction to reflect the rich diversity and values of your students!

Teachers today are faced with the enormous responsibility of respecting students' various cultures while creating learning settings that challenge them academically. Concha Delgado Gaitan shows how teachers honoring real culture can transform the context and content within their classroom and become culturally responsive to all their students. This invaluable resource covers the topics of classroom discipline, classroom arrangement, and parent and community involvement in order to create a culturally inclusive learning setting. In addition, Gaitan explains how teachers can use instructional strategies that are culturally responsive to teach literacy, mathematics, science, and more.

Each accessible, user-friendly chapter contains:

  • A personal reflection from a teacher
  • The latest research and best practices
  • A rich case example
  • Guiding questions, reflective questions, and classroom applications

Based on the author's firsthand research, this handbook is ideal for individual teachers, mentoring pairs, and study groups.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Introduction
 
Part I: Context: Configuring the Classroom for Academic Equity
 
2. Engaging With Children's Values Around Cooperation and Competition
 
3. Culturally Responsive Classroom Discipline
 
4. Accelerating Exceptional Students From All Linguistic and Cultural Groups
 
5. Including Students With Special Needs in the Culturally Responsive Classroom
 
6. Culturally Responsive Classroom Management
 
7. Supporting Children's Cultural Adjustment
 
8. Connecting Home and School
 
Part II: Content: Learning Subject Matter Through Culture in the Classroom
 
9. Teaching Cultural Diversity
 
10. Becoming Proficient in English
 
11. Building Literacy
 
12. Creating Equity in Math and Science
 
13. Fostering a Gender Equity
 
14. Crafting an Interdisciplinary Curriculum
 
15: Conclusion: Responding Culturally in Teaching
 
References
 
Index

"[This book] presents issues that influence educators serving students whose perspectives and experiences differ from their own and offers innovative and appropriate strategies to create learning environments that promote respect and equity for all students. [It] addresses the challenges of many special populations, including those of at-risk, gifted and talented, learning disabled, English language acquisitions, and more."

Angela Lin, Teacher Support and Assessment Specialist
School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University

"Dr. Delgado Gaitan has provided a wonderful resource to all educators. The topics used to structure the chapters provide the reader with an orderly consideration of the school as a cultural entity itself. Most importantly, each chapter provides the reader with clear theoretical applications in a hands-on manner that is meaningful and easy to use."

 

Randall B. Lindsey, Professor Emeritus, California State University Los Angeles
Principal Associate, The Robins Group

"Dr. Gaitan brings a wealth of personal experience and years of research to Building Culturally Responsive Classrooms. It is thought provoking and challenges us to get to know and understand how culture affects students in order to foster the best working and learning environment."

Judy M. Alva, Elementary Vice Principal
Lodi Unified School District, CA

"The reflection and application section are excellent and are an excellent springboard to discussion and debriefing among the staff."

Susan Stone Kessler, Assistant Principal
Hillsboro High School, Nashville, TN

"This book will be valuable in both teacher preparation programs and in-service professional development as a tool to help teachers grapple with the practical complexities of culture in their work with children and families."

Rosemary Henze, Associate Professor
San Jose State University
Key features
    • Full of rich case examples,  including dialogues between teachers and students, the author's observations, and teacher reflections about what occurred
    • Each chapter includes guiding questions, classroom applications, and reflective questions, helping teachers immediately apply what they've learned
    • Based on the author's extensive, in-depth research in diverse classrooms as well as the current theory, research, and best practices on culturally responsive teaching
    • Shows how teachers can achieve equity and close the achivement gap through their instructional and classroom management practices

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1 Introduction


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