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Developing Critical Cultural Competence: A Guide for 21st-Century Educators (Paperback)
  • Developing Critical Cultural Competence: A Guide for 21st-Century Educators (Paperback)

Developing Critical Cultural Competence: A Guide for 21st-Century Educators (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 03/11/2011
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This book is designed for professional development staff, teacher educators, lead teachers, administrators, and other school leaders who want to engage teachers in developing their critical cultural competence. Due to the increasingly diverse nature of todayAEs schools, and imperative to increase the achievement of all students, no matter their background, there is great need for 21st century teachers to develop critical cultural competence. This is done best through on-going professional development for both new and experienced teachers because it requires much more than just knowing about the diverse nature of todayAEs students. While culturally competent teachers can reflect on their own practices, and seek knowledge about their students, families and communities, teachers with critical cultural competence have to become more self-analytical in their reflections, innovative in their actions, and collaborative in helping to transform their schoolsAE culture. Therefore, this book offers numerous activities to engage teachers in the exploration of themselves as a cultural beings and innovative ways to learn more about the diversity of todayAEs students from their families and communities. The book is organized around professional development activities that focus on the three inseparable aspects required for developing teachersAE critical cultural competency: understanding of self; understanding of students; and understanding of families and communities. The book concludes with recommendations for how to plan and fund professional development for building teachersAE critical cultural competence in order to reach the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781412996259
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 482 g
Dimensions: 254 x 177 x 15 mm


"This book offers a coherent collection of theories and practices for a strong multicultural teacher education. It would act as a useful text or starting place for an entire course."

-- Judson Laughter, Assistant Professor of English Education

"As I read this book, it became clear that my long-held belief about the meaning of cultural competence needed a makeover. I am now convinced that my personal definition of diversity should embrace a much deeper appreciation of differences and transformative action."

-- Denise Carlson, Curriculum Consultant

"This book effectively describes the importance of individual teachers learning about themselves as a person in order to clearly differentiate for students in the classroom."

-- Lizette D D'Amico, K-12 ELL Coordinator

"With a clear theme of preparing educators for teaching diverse learners and creating critical cultural competence, the author hooks the reader and entices them to continue the journey of developing cultural responsiveness in the classroom and community."

-- Lori Grossman, Mentor Program Coordinator

"Developing Critical Cultural Competence offers a rich resource of information and activities for professional development that supports cultural understanding and goes beyond the assumptions and myths that often surround the diverse student populations in our nation's schools."

-- Carol Gallegos, Literacy Coach

"Developing Critical Cultural Competence provides educators with the inspiration, knowledge, and tools to move from theory to action in seeking to eliminate the achievement gap."

-- Bess Scott, Director of Elementary Education

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