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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.
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781483388793
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2016
- Page Count: 152
- Publication date: January 08, 2016
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.
—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
(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.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Chapter 1 – What Frames Us, Defines Us
Chapter 2 - Culturally Proficient Leadership Fosters Transformative Change
Chapter 3 – Change Begins with Core Value and Belief Statements
Activity 3.1 – Can You Believe?
Activity 3.2 – Walking Forward Part I
Chapter 4 – Yes, We Actually Live Our Values
Activity 4.1 – Walking Forward Part II
Activity 4.2 – I Am Activity
Chapter 5 – Continuous Learning Involves Deconstructing our Learning
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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This powerfully insightful and thought provoking book, takes us on a journey to culturally proficient actions.Rosemary Papa, Professor
Northern Arizona University
Lorie Henderson, Superintendent of Educational Services and Programming
The authors challenge districts to examine practices that create inequity.
School District of Mystery Lake
Endeavors toward culturally proficient values are critical in a time where we struggle to answer ‘Why can’t we close the educational gap?Miriam Ezzani, Clinical Associate Professor in Educational Leadership
Department of Teacher Education and Administration, University of North Texas
This book provides inspiration for those institutions that are examining and asking the difficult question of, “Where do we even begin?”Lori Piowlski, Assistant Professor
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
“The authors’ have provided the most comprehensive blueprint for starting or revamping an institution’s program for cultural proficiency by allowing one to start with self-understanding before addressing others. Emphasizing that changes happen when leaders use cultural proficiency to do their work!”Thomas Christie, Multicultural/Community Administrator
Lincoln Public Schools
If your school or district is ready to move from “talking the talk” to “walking the walk” this text will assist you in your journey.Melissa Nixon, Director of Title I
Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
School Leaders will be inspired and understand the urgency of putting a plan into action.Cesar Morales, Superintendent
Oxnard School District, Oxnard, CA
It is exuberating to see how Ventura Unified School District brought theory into practice that directly influenced the individual and organizational core values to benefit their students!Joseph M. Domingues, Principal
Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria, CA
Her book will be at the top of my list as a must read recommendation for all my colleagues at the District Office.Peter Flores III, Director of Student Services
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Santa Maria, CA
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
School of Education, University of California, Irvine
Maria Ott, Professor of Clinical Education
Every level of the organization, led by the superintendent and the school board, engage in courageous examination of data and reflection to create continuous improvement, close opportunity gaps, and lead the district to improved outcomes for students.
USC Rossier School of Education