The increasingly diverse nature of today's schools and the need to increase the achievement of all students, no matter their background, requires 21st-century teachers to develop critical cultural competence. Looking at data is not enough. Teachers have to know who are their students. This book show how to provide professional development that deepens teacher's cultural understanding. "Developing Critical cultural Competence" helps educators translate new knowledge into action with activities that focus on the three inseparable insights required for developing teachers' critical cultural competency: understanding themselves, understanding their students, understanding their studens' families and communities.
This practical, teacher-friendly book provides indispensable guidance for implementing research-based reading instruction that is responsive to students' diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Structured around the big five core topics of an effective reading program - phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension - the book explains tried-and-true teaching strategies for fostering all students' achievement. Key topics include engaging diverse students in classroom discussion, involving families in learning, and assessing and teaching new literacies. Numerous classroom examples demonstrate a wide range of easy-to-implement lesson ideas and activities for students at different grade levels, including struggling learners. Issues specific to English language learners are woven throughout the chapters.
"Cultural competence: a primer for educators" shows you the basics of multicultural education strategies in a short, easy-to-use education textbook. The author also offers insights into the psycho-social dimensions of teaching culturally diverse populations. Thorough yet concise, this is the guide you'll need to ensure that you emphasize the importance of diversity in your classroom.