A Culturally Proficient Response to the Common Core: Ensuring Equity Through Professional Learning

A Culturally Proficient Response to the Common Core: Ensuring Equity Through Professional Learning

By: Karen M. Kearney (author), Randall B. Lindsey (author), Delores B. Lindsey (author), Raymond D. Terrell (author), Delia M. Estrada (author)Paperback

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Through a rich combination of analysis, activities for team and individual study, and a case study, this book guides educators in using the lens of Cultural Proficiency as basis for creating school-wide conditions that make the Common Core accessible to all students, including those groups that have been historically underserved. The book includes a number of reflective and professional learning dialogic activities, tools, and case stories to guide educators and school leaders to understand their own assumptions, know their values relative to equitable issues, create change within their own practice, and create teaching and learning environments that are relevant and rigorous for all learners.

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Delores B. Lindsey, Ph.D., retired as Associate Professor of Education at Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos, CA, but did not retire from the education profession. As a former middle grades and high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and county office of education administrator, her primary focus is developing culturally proficient leadership practices aimed at closing educational gaps. She helps educational leaders examine their organizations' policies and practices, and their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication. Her message to her audiences focuses on socially just educational practices, culturally proficient leadership practices, and diversity as an asset to be nurtured. Dr. Lindsey offers keynote address and facilitates educators to develop their own inquiry and action research. Her favorite reflective question is: "Are we who we say we are?" She is also a Training Associate for Cognitive Coachingsm and Adaptive Schoolssm. Delores and husband Randall, her favorite Sage/Corwin author, continue to co-write about the application of the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency. They enjoy working together with school districts to guide school leaders on their journey toward equity and socially just practices for all learners. Raymond D. Terrell, EdD, served as special assistant to the dean for diversity initiatives in the School of Education and Allied Professions at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A former secondary English teacher, elementary school principal, professor of educational administration, and dean of the School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, he has more than 40 years of professional experience with diversity and equity issues. Randall B. Lindsey is emeritus professor at California State University, Los Angeles and has a practice centered on educational consulting and issues related to equity and access. Prior to higher education faculty roles, he served as a junior and senior high school history teacher, a district office administrator for school desegregation, and executive director of a non-profit corporation. All of his experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. It is his belief and experience that too often white people are observers of multicultural issues rather than personally involved with them. He works with colleagues to design and implement programs for and with schools, law enforcement agencies, and community-based organizations to provide access and achievement. He and his wife and frequent co-author, Delores, are enjoying this phase of life as grandparents, as educators, and in support of just causes that extend the promises of democracy throughout society in authentic ways.


Foreword by Gail L. Thompson Acknowledgements About the Author Introduction Part I: Commitment to Equity, Transformative Change, and Implementation 1. Common Core and Cultural Proficiency: A Commitment Toward Equity 2. History and Hope for Changing Schools 3. The Tools of Cultural Proficiency 4. Promise of the Common Core 5. Leadership and the Common Core 6. From Stuckness to Implementation (or From Yikes to YES!) PART II: Culturally Proficient Professional Learning 7. Assessing Cultural Knowledge Through Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Data to Guide Decisions 8. Valuing Diversity by Developing Skillful Leaders to Create Support Systems for Professional Learning 9. Managing the Dynamics of Diversity by Creating and Sustaining Learning Communities 10. Adapting to Diversity by Applying Evidence-Based Approaches to Actively Engage Educators in Improving Practice 11. Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge by Applying and Connecting a Commitment Toward Common Outcomes for All Students PART III: Move to Action 12. Ensuring a Culturally Proficient Professional Learning Plan Resource A: Book Study Guide Resource B: Cultural Proficiency Books' Essential Questions References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/01/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781483319100
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781483319100
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 1483319105

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