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Opening Doors

An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency
By: Trudy T. Arriaga, Randall B. Lindsey

Foreword by David Verdugo

This book presents an in-depth case study of a school district that achieved true integration with cultural proficiency techniques, and how all educators can implement its lessons.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483388793
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 152
  • Publication date: January 08, 2016

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See how one school district made Cultural Proficiency real—and how you can too!

In spite of Brown vs. Board of Education, true integration and corresponding equality of educational opportunity is still far from reality in American schools.

Opening Doors tells the story of Ventura Unified School District's successful implementation of cultural proficiency, which opened long-closed doors for marginalized students and returned gains on every key success metric. Most importantly, it will empower you to do the same for your school or district. Resources include:

  • A method for evaluating the impact of educational decisions on students' access to learning
  • A clear three-year implementation plan for making your school culturally proficient
  • A content-rich companion website that includes templates and forms for implementing the book’s suggestions

It is long past time to make cultural proficiency real by ensuring universally equal access to educational resources for all students. This book removes the remaining barriers to the achievement of this ideal.

“This powerfully insightful and thought provoking book, takes us on a journey to culturally proficient actions.”
Rosemary Papa, Professor
Northern Arizona University

“The book is full of compassion, conviction and hope—pure heart, pure corazón—in the quest to tackle inequality and the opportunity gap head on.”
Gilberto Q. Conchas, Professor of Educational Policy and Social Context
University of California, Irvine

Key features

(1) Provides education leaders with a template for implementing Cultural Proficiency across an entire district or school.

(2) Provides a method for evaluating the impact of educational decisions on students' access to learning.

(3) Offers an explicit case study of a large, diverse school district that has successfully implemented Cultural Profiency to benefit all students including those who have been marginalized.

(4) Includes a range of activities and processes to inform professional development for personal growth as well as activities and processes to inform policy analysis and development that supports districts and schools that commit to doing what is necessary to educate all children in safe and healthy schools.

(5) Companion web site includes templates and reproducibles for use in PD.



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Trudy T. Arriaga

Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga currently serves as the Dean of Equity and Outreach in the Graduate School of Education at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. She continues to contribute to the field of education through keynote speeches, workshops, leadership and equity institutes, and professional development collaborations. Trudy has enjoyed a 40-year career in education, including 14 years as the first female superintendent for Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) before retiring in July 2015. Her early roles include working as a bilingual paraeducator, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director. In recognition of her service, VUSD named its district office the VUSD Trudy Tuttle Arriaga Education Service Center. Dr. Arriaga is also a co-author of two books, "Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response for Gender Equity" and "Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency."

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Randall B. Lindsey

Randall B. Lindsey is Emeritus Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has served as a teacher, an administrator, executive director of a non-profit corporation, as Interim Dean at California Lutheran University, as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Pepperdine University, and as Chair of the Education Department at the University of Redlands. All of Randy’s experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. His Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, his Master of Arts in Teaching is in History Education from the University of Illinois, and his B.S. in Social Science Education is from Western Illinois University. He has served as a junior high school and high school teacher and as an administrator in charge of school desegregation efforts. At Cal State, L.A. he served as Chair of the Division of Administration and Counseling and as Director of the Regional Assistance Centers for Educational Equity, a regional race desegregation assistance center. With co-authors he has written several books and articles on applying the Cultural Proficiency Framework in various contexts.

Email – randallblindsey@gmail.com
Website - CCPEP.org
Twitter - @RBLindsey41
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Publisher's Acknowledgments


About the Authors


Chapter 1 – What Frames Us, Defines Us

Getting Centered

Going Deeper

Chapter 2 - Culturally Proficient Leadership Fosters Transformative Change

Getting Centered

Going Deeper

Chapter 3 – Change Begins with Core Value and Belief Statements

Getting Centered

Going Deeper

Activity 3.1 – Can You Believe?

Activity 3.2 – Walking Forward Part I

Chapter 4 – Yes, We Actually Live Our Values

Getting Centered

Going Deeper

Activity 4.1 – Walking Forward Part II

Activity 4.2 – I Am Activity

Chapter 5 – Continuous Learning Involves Deconstructing our Learning

Getting Centered

Going Deeper

Activity 5.1 - The Power of Us

Activity 5.2 – Opening Doors for Students – Do Our Actions Reflect Our Values? Part 1

Activity 5.3 – Opening Doors for Students – To What Extent are We Escorting Students Through the Doors? Part 2

Activity 5.4 – Data that Demonstrates Areas of Need

Activity 5.5 – Book Club



Resource A – Book Study Guide

Resource B - Cultural Proficiency Books’ Essential Questions

Resource C – 3-Year Implementation Journey

Resource D – A Cultural Proficiency Implementation Model




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