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A Culturally Proficient Response to the Common Core
Foreword by Gail L. Thompson
Gain cultural proficiency skills that enable you and your team to lead a Common Core implementation focused on educational equity.
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781483319100
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2014
- Page Count: 240
- Publication date: December 18, 2014
Lead a Common Core implementation that closes achievement gaps!
Will your Common Core implementation promote equity, access, and inclusion?
This illuminating book shows how central Common Core tenets—rigor, meaningful curricula and assessment, and higher order thinking—can become educational realities for every child in your school or district.
Written by a team of respected authors known for guiding schools and districts towards cultural proficiency, this resource enables readers to
- Understand how underlying beliefs related to historically-underserved students may create roadblocks to effective instruction
- Create a school culture where diversity is valued, including developing relevant professional learning
- Compile and analyze meaningful data that enables faculty to better reach students from all backgrounds
- Advance the goal of college and career-readiness for all learners
With a compelling call to action and practical strategies, this timely book points the way to a Common Core implementation that benefits every student.
"The authors have ensured that the use of cultural proficiency by educators provides the Common Core State Standards with the 'step towards the place where equity and access are realized for all learners.' Equity and access, two of the pillars of equity in education, are essential if meeting individual student needs are truly to occur."
—Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno, Associate Professor
Kremen School of Education, Fresno State, CA
“This resource gives not only theory and rationale for this important change in thinking, but also the guided steps to collaborate and reflect as part of the change process."
—Dr. Carol Van Vooren, Assistant Professor
California State University, San Marcos
(2) Uses 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.
(3) Includes a number of reflective and professional learning dialogic activities to guide educators and school leaders to understand their own assumptions, to know their values relative to equitable issues, to create change within their own practice and to create teaching and learning environments that are relevant and rigorous for all learners.
(4) Presents an Implementation Rubric to help leaders develop culturally proficient response to the Common Core.
(5) Integrates a mix of case stories and personal disclosure experiences to illustrate and demonstrate reflection and dialogue.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Gail L. Thompson
About the Author
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
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"The authors have ensured that the use of cultural proficiency by educators provides the Common Core State Standards with the 'step towards the place where equity and access are realized for all learners.' Equity and access, two of the pillars of equity in education, are essential if meeting individual student needs are truly to occur."Kenneth R. Magdaleno, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Kremen School of Education, Fresno State, Fresno, CA
Carol Van Vooren, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
"America’s goal to reach proficiency for all students cannot be achieved without equity and a lens of social justice in the classrooms. A Culturally Proficient Response to the Common Core: Ensuring Equity Through Professional Learning gives not only theory and rationale for this important change in thinking, but also the guided steps to collaborate and reflect as part of the change process."
California State University, San Marcos
"The dynamic shift within the new school community will task school leaders to approach CCSS through a culturally proficient lens in order to effectually reach the hearts and minds of the contemporary underserved student community. Cultural proficiency infused with CCSS will challenge educators to teach and lead differently to close the learning gap, bring about greater equity in education, and increase the possibility for greater human capital for the next generation of students. CCSS, with cultural proficiency, will allow educators to look at this new paradigm shift not from a deficit model, but rather from an asset perspective."Joseph M. Domingues, Principal
Santa Maria High School, CA
"I commend the authors for their courageous leadership as they address the need for teachers to connect students to learning with the addition of equity in the Common Core State Standards. Teachers are called to action to self-reflect and to value cultural proficiency and advocacy as an integral component of daily instruction and philosophy of inclusion."Jan La Torre-Derby, Ed.D., Retired Superintendent
Novato Unified School District/Currently Pre K-3, CA
Dr. Robert Jarvis, Director of Equity Leadership Initiatives
"Successful rollout and implementation of the Common Core Standards in our schools in the coming years will be highly contingent upon our individual and collective capacities to view our historically underserved students and our schools through a Cultural Proficiency lens, and provide all of our students’ access to meaningful, challenging and engaging learning experiences in our schools.
The authors have for many years been on the forefront of helping all of us be better grounded in the critical interface between culture and learning, and this book is clearly designed to examine the day-to-day expression of our craft knowledge about what it takes to successfully reach and teach children who have traditionally underachieved in our systems. Our challenge is overcoming our longstanding individual and collective beliefs about capacities of our diverse learners to learn at high levels of intellectual engagement.
This timely book provides school administrators and classroom teachers an important and practical framework for personal and organizational reflection and action planning in building individual, collective confidence, and competence in reaching and teaching all children to high levels!"
University of Pennyslvania, Penn Center for Educational Leadership