Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schools
All Means ALL!
- Delores B. Lindsey - California State University, San Marcos, USA
- Jacqueline S. Thousand - California State University-San Marcos
- Cynthia L. Jew - California Lutheran University, California
- Lori R. Piowlski - Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA
Foreword by Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey
Inclusive Education | School Change, Reform, & Restructuring | Working with Minority Students
Create inclusive educational environments that benefit ALL learners!
As schools become more diverse with students of differing abilities and needs, this self-reflective and action-oriented guide helps you create and support more inclusive schools and classrooms that intentionally educate all students. Using the Five Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency as a roadmap, this book presents:
- Students’ learning differences as just that – differences rather than deficits
- Strategies that show you how to break though the common barriers to culturally proficient and inclusive schooling
- Assessments that gauge your awareness and show you how to best serve every student’s needs
“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. This book is a welcome addition to the literature as we seek to educate all students who attend our schools.”
"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. The Systems, Practices, Strategies tool supports the growth of educators in the important work of knowing who they are, where they should develop their skills, and how to best serve and value their school community as they reflect-on-action and reflect-for-action."
"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. Use this text as a guide to both understand the barriers that get in the way of inclusion and to build the skills and competencies that will help it thrive in today’s diverse schools. Culturally Proficient Inclusive Schools will help you create a progressive vision for teaching all learners and a powerful plan to realize that vision."
“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. The authors provide teachers, administrators, and teachers in training with critical tools to honor and respond to students with different abilities, including significant learning and communication differences. This groundbreaking book will mobilize educators to cultivate more equitable educational opportunities and outcomes for students of all abilities.”
"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. Not only do the authors clearly and honestly lay out the barriers to culturally proficient schools, they offer highly meaningful ways to overcome issues through collaboration, advocacy, authentic learning, universal design for learning, differentiated instruction, creative problem-solving, conflict resolution and institutionalizing cultural change. This fine book achieves much by bringing these practices together and provides methodology to bring forward true school improvement. It is a highly valued addition to my best practice library!"
"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."