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“This book answers the important call to equip and position school personnel at the front lines of supporting students of differing abilities to become culturally proficient leaders. 'Inclusion' in U.S. school systems has become a buzz word. What makes this book about inclusive practices stand out from the rest is that it is the first text that uniquely bridges evidence-based knowledge about cultural proficiency with hands-on culturally proficient practices to meet the needs of students with disabilities specifically.
"This powerful book will certainly help any reader better understand inclusive education, but it offers so much more than that. It goes deeper and challenges readers to understand culture in new ways, to create real change, and to build true communities built on listening, understanding, and action.
“In Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schools, the authors challenge their readers to deeply consider how schools have failed to be as inclusive and accessible to all students as they should be. The authors take a positive approach to the issue by pushing educators to move away from deficit thinking and focus on the varied assets of all students. Through the lens of cultural proficiency, they emphasize that for educators to fully embrace all learners, they must carefully examine the assumptions and beliefs they may currently hold about them.
"Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schools: All Means ALL! by Jacque Thousand, Delores Lindsey, Cindy Jew and Lori Piowlski provides a wonderful contribution to the literature by promoting effective inclusive education! Culturally proficient schools are essential to support learner diversity, which is a given everywhere in our land.
"Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schools is a much needed resource in schools across the United States. The authors have created a user-friendly book that lays the foundation for building a strong MTSS program. The tables are outstanding and will allow school and district teams to hit the ground running."
"The authors of Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schools provide a guide to champion the development of inclusive schools through culturally proficient practices that support students and the professional community. The tools help the school community by identifying student needs and selecting appropriate materials and approaches while considering the social-emotional requirements of the student population.