Synopses & Reviews
'The second edition of Culturally Proficient Instruction helps educators understand that profound and productive engagement with all learners is fundamental to successful teaching and learning. Authentic stories guide teachers through a professional journey into reflective practice while practical ideas suggest possible learning futures. Thoughtfully, readers are invited to replace well intentioned but culturally naïve practice with strategies that demonstrate skill and increase proficiency' - from the foreword by Rob Larson
'Culturally Proficient Instruction enables educators to act on the proposition that all children can learn and suggests knowable ways by which to achieve that goal. This book gives a context and voice to the notion that culturally proficient instructors add value and dignity to children's lives and a dimension of professionalism to their artistry as teachers and leaders' - from the foreword to the first edition by Rudolph F. Crew
Social justice, equity, closing the achievement gap, reaching all learners - these are the goals of today's educators, but how does one go about making these values a reality in classrooms? Thousands of educators have found the answer in the framework of cultural proficiency. Cultural proficiency provides educators with the tools to work effectively with those who differ from them. It doesn't mean that you know everything there is to know about others-rather, it is the self-awareness to know how you-because of your ethnicity, culture, and life experiences-may offend or otherwise affect others.
In this thoroughly updated edition of the best-selling book, the authors provide opportunities for teachers to reflect on who they are as teachers, who their learners are, and what they each bring to the classroom. Each chapter of this interactive resource contains reflective questions, reflective activities, and group work to take readers deeper into the process of cultural proficiency. The book can be used individually, in pairs, or in groups. A case study based on the the authors' extensive work in a variety of settings provides an opportunity for readers to see, hear, and feel what cultural proficiency looks like in practice.
Culturally Proficient Instruction, Second Edition, serves as an excellent tool to guide and promote an open discussion and examination of the diversity challenges facing our schools and communities. -From the Foreword by Philip C. McCullum, Director Institute for Leadership and Diversity in Education, University of Oregon This is one of the best books I have read about instruction-period. The authors invite those who teach to look deeply inside themselves, to engage in reflection, to enhance relationships, and to improve their practices in ways that enable all students to learn at high levels. -Gale Hulme, Director Programs & Strategic Initiatives Georgia's Leadership Institute for School Improvement Culturally Proficient Instruction, Second Edition, enables educators to act on the proposition that all children can learn, and suggests knowable ways by which to achieve that goal. This book gives a context and voice to the notion that culturally proficient instructors add value and dignity to children's lives. -From the Afterword by Rudolph F. Crew, Superintendent Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL An invitation to reflect on culture, value diversity-and manage the dynamics of difference In this updated edition of their best-selling book, the authors provide opportunities for educators to reflect on who they are as teachers, who their learners are, and the unique perspectives they each bring to the classroom. Each chapter contains reflective activities and group work to guide readers through the process, and a well-documented case study that demonstrates cultural proficiency in practice. This extensively revised second edition introduces: A chapter on instructional standards Arestructured and simplified case study Improved exercises and reflective activities
Incorporating examples from a multitude of environments, this interactive resource addresses the needs of K-12 teachers and administrators, higher education faculty, adult educators, and trainers in business and healthcare. This book is for everyone who teaches, in every type of setting. See Culturally Proficient Instruction (Multimedia Kit)
This second edition has been extensively revised to include improved exercises and reflective activities, a restructured case study, and an additional chapter on instructional standards.