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The Culturally Proficient School

An Implementation Guide for School Leaders
Second Edition
By: Randall B. Lindsey, Laraine M. Roberts, Franklin CampbellJones

Foreword by Sid Salazar

New content abounds in this fully updated second edition of the influential work on improving the learning experience by valuing student diversity and cultural dignity.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452258386
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2013
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: July 10, 2013

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The groundbreaking guide to cultural proficiency in schools, updated to meet today’s challenges

The first edition of The Culturally Proficient School opened new dialogue about diversity and cultural dignity that had an immediate impact on educators, becoming the go-to resource for ideas about how to serve all students equitably.

This second edition incorporates reader feedback and up-to-date research on closing access and achievement gaps, delivering a guide to cultural proficiency that is more relevant, accessible and effective than ever. New content includes:

• Instructive vignettes that reflect contemporary truths about educational diversity and moral leadership
• Emphasis on skills development, including the art and science of conversation
• A conceptual framework that makes clear the first steps to take towards a more culturally proficient school

The face of educational diversity is changing. Now more than ever, this book is the key to mastering the challenges and opportunities it presents.

“In The Culturally Proficient School, the authors take the reader on a journey of personal reflection and capacity building. This authentic examination of our assumptions and practices creates a necessary, healthy tension to move from simply learning to changing our practices in schools. In a nutshell, an educational leader can take this book and create a learning community that aligns the work of adults around a commitment to creating a culturally proficient school that benefits each student.”
— Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent
Spring Lake Park Schools, MN

Key features

  • Reflective activities for individuals or groups
  • Examples of typical conversations that arise around the issues of diversity, multiculturalism, equity, entitlement, and racism
  • Typical behaviors associated with culturally proficient leadership organized around the responsibilities of school leaders
  • A rich and detailed case study of a fictionalized school district interwoven throughout the book, providing opportunities for discussion and reflection
  • Professional development activities


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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
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Laraine M. Roberts

Laraine M. Roberts, EdD, is Senior Research Associate at WestEd in San Francisco. Her work centers on educational leadership, organizational culture, and school and district development and im-provement. In addition to leading educational research projects, she designs and facilitates leadership development programs for superintendents, district administrators, and school principals. In all her work, her goal is to influence changes within the structures of schools and the practices of educators that result in meaningful learning experiences and academic success for all students. Her experiences as an educator include classroom teaching, school and district administration, professional development, curriculum development, and university teaching.
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Franklin CampbellJones

Franklin CampbellJones, is Vice President of CampbellJones & Associates. He facilitates professional learning with school systems as they apply the tenets of cultural proficiency to their policies and practice. His work extends throughout the United States and Canada.

Dr. CampbellJones served as high school teacher in the areas of secondary reading and social science. He was a high school administrator as well as a project director for a nationally acclaimed teacher recruitment program. CampbellJones was curriculum program director for the California School Leadership Academy a flagship professional learning community in the state of California that advanced leadership skills for practicing school principals and superintendents. He served as associate professor of education administration at California State University, Los Angeles and Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Franklin is published in scholarly and professional journals. He is co-author of The Culturally Proficient School: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders and The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change.

Dr. CampbellJones earned the Masters Degree and Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1st edition-- Flora Ida Ortiz

2nd edition-- Sid Salazar


About the Authors


I. Cultural Proficiency and the Achievement Gap

1. Culture Frames Achievement Gaps

Getting Centered

Cultural Proficiency Manages Change

Our Invitation to You: From NCLB to Common Core

The 'Why' of This Book

2. The Importance of Culturally Proficient Leadership

The Case: Maple View

Maple View School District

Maple View: The People

Leadership Action That Matters

Invitation: Assess Your Receptivity

Cultural Proficiency Receptivity Scale

Going Deeper

II. The Tools of Cultural Proficiency: An Inside-Out Change Process

The Conceptual Framework is a Guide

3. Overcoming Self-Imposed Barriers to Moral Leadership

Getting Centered

Maple View Discovers What it Cares About

Entitlement and Privilege as Education History

Transformative Leadership

Facing Entitlement: The Conundrum of Anger, Guilt or Confidence

Reflections on Entitlement: A Pine Hills Elementary School Conversation

Reflections on Entitlement: Oppression, Entitlement, or Self-Determination and Personal Responsibility?

Self Determination and Personal Responsibility: From Feelings to Action

4. Cultural Proficiency in Practice: The Guiding Principles

Sam Brewer: The Making of a Culturally Proficient Practice

Mobilizing Communities to Make Progress – Without Easy Answers

The Guiding Principles of Culturally Proficient Leadership

Focus on Assets, Overcome Barriers

Core Value Expressions in Maple View School District

Applying Guiding Principles to Your Practice

5. The Cultural Proficiency Continuum: Changing the Conversation

Cultural Proficiency: A Transformative Approach

Return to Maple View

6. The Essential Elements as Standards of Leadership Behavior

Tolerance for Diversity vs. Transformation for Equity

Pine Hills High School’s Leadership Approach to Cultural Proficiency

Essential Elements as Standards for Leadership Behavior and School Policy

Making Sense of the Elements, Standards, and Behavior

Template for Strategic Planning

Going Deeper

III. Professional Learning for Organizational Change

7. Conversation: A Skill for the Culturally Proficient Leader

Getting Centered

Skillful Use of Communication Channels

Organizations as Relationships

The Essence of Communication: Co-constructing Meaning

Modes of Conversing

Practicing Conversation Skills

8. Leading in a Culture of Learning and Transformative Change

Learning How to be a Culturally Proficient Leader

Transformative Learning

A Transformative Vision of Maple View School District

Our Wish to You and the Community You Serve

Going Deeper


Book Study Guide

The People of Maple View

Break Through Questions

Matrix of Cultural Proficiency Books’ and Essential Questions





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