Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching: Classroom to Community and Back / Edition 2

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Close the achievement gap by closing the culture gap

Teaching children from diverse backgrounds begins with learning who they are, then using the knowledge and culture students bring to school in a standards-based curriculum to achieve student success. This guide provides tools that show why and how to create culturally responsive, standards-based (CRSB) instruction in the classroom. Results of effective programs include:

  • Increased academic success for all learners
  • Engaged and motivated students
  • Strengthened partnerships between students, families, and communities

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Editorial Reviews

Rachel Mederios
"This book takes the concept of multiculturalism a step further. It integrates a self-evaluative framework for making changes and includes a selection of tools with which changes or considerations for improvement of one’s own learning environment can be documented. "
Thelma A. Davis
"The relevancy of this book should be recognized by every reader who acknowledges the diversity within any group of people. The processes are clear and the next steps are outlined so the practitioner can bring this into his/her classroom and meet the needs of every individual. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412987028
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 458,735
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steffen Saifer has served as director of the Child and Family Program at Education Northwest since 2000 and as an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University since 1996, where he has taught graduate courses in education. His areas of work and expertise include cultural-historical activity theory, the role of play in human development, and school-family partnerships. Saifer has worked extensively in Russia and Eastern Europe, assisting in education curricula reform. He helped implement a graduate program in early childhood development at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh (co-funded by the Open Society Foundation). He is the author or co-author of numerous publications including Practical Solutions to Practically Every Problem: The Early Childhood Teacher’s Manual (2003, Redleaf Press), and Education and the Culture of Democracy: Early Childhood Practice (1996, Open Society Institute).

Keisha Edwards is a trainer for the Oregon Parent Information & Resource Center (OR-PIRC) at Education Northwest. Her primary work is to design and deliver meaningful learning for educators and families on educational equity, cultural competence, and engaging diverse families as allies in the school change process. In this role over the past 5 years, Edwards has facilitated over 300 workshops, trainings, and coaching sessions with diverse audiences. As a result, she strongly believes that a new discourse, personal reflection, and deep dialogue across difference will soon be the most powerful and preferred strategies to transform school culture. Edwards is the author or co-author of several publications, including: Everyone’s Guide to Successful Project Planning: Tool for Youth (NWREL, 2000); Beyond the Oregon Trail: Oregon’s Untold Racial History (Oregon Uniting, 2003).

Debbie Ellis is the project director for the Oregon State Parental Information and Resource Center (Oregon PIRC) at Education Northwest. Her area of work and expertise focuses on school/family partnerships, educational equity, and early childhood parent education. Ellis coordinates a statewide conference for educators and parents focusing on school-family partnerships, educational equity, and academic achievement. She assisted in the development of a statewide parent leadership curriculum to help under-represented parents, and developed a multi-media training for families. She has worked as a teacher and family advocate/parent educator and is the author or co-author of numerous publications including See Poverty, Be the Difference: Discovering the Missing Pieces for Working with People in Poverty (Communication Across Barriers, 2007), and Partnerships by Design: Cultivating Effective and Meaningful School-Family Partnerships (Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 2002).

Lena Ko is an advisor in early childhood education and school-family-community partnerships at Education Northwest. She has over 20 years experience training and coaching educators, coordinating professional development and technical assistance in model early childhood teaching centers, and consulting and technical writing for various education agencies. She has worked to help develop a state-wide family resource center project, as well as several federal grant initiatives to help communities improve outcomes for children and families.She has experience working with culturally diverse populations, in unique settings including children with special needs, at a therapeutic preschool. In addition to this book, she has co-authored an Education Northwest publication on a school process called The School PASS (Practices for All Students Success) that focuses on assessing and preparing for the needs of new and diverse students.

Amy Stuczynski is currently working with the Human Services Research Institute evaluating the use of family team meetings by public child welfare agencies. She began her career as a social worker for a community-based service organization for African American youth and families in Madison, Wisconsin. She later joined Education Northwest, where she wrote about language, literacy, and culture for six years. Amy holds a master's in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

List of Snapshots
List of Tools
About the Authors
1. Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching
Learning From Students' Lives
Culturally Responsive and Standards-Based Together
Essential Elements
Implementing Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching
Continuum of Options and Opportunities for Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching
2. Taking Stock of Current Classroom Practices
Finding Time and Resources
3. The Foundation for Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching
Getting to Know Your Cultural Self
Building Relationships With Students
Connecting With Families and the Community
Powerful Relationships Can Be Transformational
4. The Environment for Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching
Incorporating Culturally Responsive Materials Into the Environment
Engaging in Conversation
5. Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Curriculum
Using Standards in Curriculum Planning
Adding Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Practices to the Existing Curriculum
Creating Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Lessons and Units
Developing Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Projects
Developing Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Interdisciplinary Activities
6. Assessment and Reflection
Student Assessment
Gathering Feedback From Families
7. Scaling Up: From Schoolwide to State-Level Efforts
Whole-School Focus on Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching and Learning
Effective Ongoing Professional Development
Taking Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Efforts to the District Level
Statewide Efforts
8. Teachers Learning and Growing With Culturally Responsive Standards-Based Teaching
9. Background Research and Theoretical Base
Enhancing Engagement and Motivation in Learning
Creating Academic Rigor and Challenging Curricula
Improving Partnerships With Families and the Community
Glossary of Terms

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