'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.
This edition updates and adds to the case so that it reflects changes in technology and in legal mandates effecting educational practices. There is an additional chapter on standards based education and its relationship to cultural proficiency. Each chapter begins with a quotation from one of the works in our references. References have been updated and expanded. The charts have been simplified for easier use and understanding. New material is added to the discussion of the four tools of cultural proficiency to reflect the authors' deeper understanding and greater use of the tools.