Guides to Culturally Responsive Instruction for ELLs

What does a culturally responsive classroom look like?  How should teachers approach difficult topics such as race, income level, and identity in the classroom?  These guides provide a wide variety of ideas and perspectives on these important questions and show how academics, parent engagement, and schoolwide culture are each a part of student success.

Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A Practical Guide

Product Description: This book presents a practical, problem-solving approach and bilingual hands-on tools for assessing ELLs and culturally diverse students. Research-based, step-by-step procedures for are included for conducting effective interviews with students, parents, and teachers; making the best use of interpreters; addressing special issues in the pre-referral process; and conducting accurate, unbiased assessments of academic achievement, intellectual functioning, language proficiency, and acculturation.

Creative Resources for the Anti-Bias Classroom

Product Description: This text on anti-bias activities integrates information about developmentally-based planning and child development that reflects the current diversities of our society. Activities are organized by developmental areas and by curriculum areas (e.g. math, language, social studies, science, art, music, etc.). A sequential Anti-Bias Developmental Overview chart summarizes all 300 activities as an illustration of skill progression from infancy to school age.

Ethnic Book Awards: A Directory Of Multicultural Literature For Young Readers

This unique and useful directory offers librarians, educators, and students of children's literature a diverse listing of children's and young adult books that have been recognized by culturally-specific awards about Jewish, African-American, Latino, Caribbean, and Asian-American cultures. Part I provides an overview of the awards (such as the Pura Belpré and Coretta Scott King Award), and Part II provides an alphabetical list of titles with a brief synopsis and publication information. There is also a topical index and an index of authors, editors, illustrators, and translators.

How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies

In this practical workbook, Bonnie M. Davis provides educators with a framework for teaching diverse learners of all ages. Davis encourages educators to examine their own cultural perspective and its influence on their interaction with students, as well as to think about how culture may shape students' communication styles, background knowledge, and behavior. Davis also offers thoughtful guiding questions to help educators reflect on their own expectations of students from different backgrounds, as well as culturally relevant classroom and parent outreach strategies.

Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students' Cultural Strengths

This groundbreaking book examines the impact of culture and individual/collective orientation on classroom management and family outreach. The authors present the results of Bridging Cultures, a longitudinal five-year action research project focused on immigrant students in the U.S. school system. The result was a transformational approach to classroom management in areas such as instruction, behavior, assessment, and parent relationships.

Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners

Product Description: Even the most experienced teacher can feel a bit unsure about meeting the unique needs of children from different language backgrounds. Organized by interest areas and times of the day, you'll find everything you need to open the doors of literacy and learning for young English language learners during dramatic play, outdoor play, reading, science, blocks, and circle time.

Patterns of Narrative Discourse: A Multicultural, Life Span Approach

Product Description: This book educates professionals about the features of narrative discourse from a multicultural perspective. The authors seek to prevent misdiagnoses of cultural differences as deficits. The importance of narratives for children and adults is presented with respect to literacy, education, law and medicine. Narratives from children with typical and impaired discourse development are described regarding the following cultures: European North American, African American, Spanish-speaking communities, and Asian Americans.

Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs: Creating Linguistically and Culturally Responsive K-12 Schools

In this helpful guide, Professor Sonia Soltero of DuPaul University takes a fresh look at the schoolwide factors that influence ELL achievement and offers suggestions on how to orient the entire school community towards ELL success. She includes a timely discussion of language learning myths, the role of public opinion on ELL programming, and the socioeconomic realities that can affect students and parents alike, as well as classroom ideas and recommendations for leadership and advocacy.

Skilled Dialogue: Strategies for Responding to Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood

Product Description: How can early childhood practitioners best respond to cultural and linguistic diversity and ensure positive interactions with all children and families? The second edition of this title provides guidelines to help educators understand culture; communicate respect; integrate diverse perspectives; strengthen inclusive assessment and instruction; and establish collaborative relationships.

Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms

Product Description: This book is a comprehensive text on the historical, theoretical, political, and sociological aspects of multicultural education as it relates to young children. The text provides practical guidelines, curriculum suggestions, and techniques for use in the classroom. This third edition includes updated content on demographics, children with special needs, and children's book lists. Readers will also follow Barbara, a kindergarten teacher, through the chapters to see how she handles the dilemmas and issues that arise in her day-to-day work.

Understanding the Language Development and Early Education of Hispanic Children

Product Description: Young Hispanic children are the largest and fastest growing ethnic minority population in the United States, representing diverse racial, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. What can we learn from the empirical literature, theory, programs, and policies associated with language and early learning for young Hispanics? What are the home and school factors important to differences in early cognitive development and educational well-being?