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Updated Edition of Bestseller

What Is It About Me You Can't Teach?

Culturally Responsive Instruction in Deeper Learning Classrooms
Updated with new research, this powerful book shows how to raise student achievement by upholding high expectations and supporting today’s standards, while teaching with cultural responsiveness.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506345642
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 328
  • Publication date: May 31, 2016

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Build every student’s ability and opportunity to achieve!

We’ve all heard the stories of extraordinary teachers that reach struggling students and set them on a new path. Now in its third edition, this powerful book features timely new content from innovative schools and teachers, showing how to raise student achievement by upholding high expectations, while teaching with cultural responsiveness. The authors are guided by one fundamental principle: Every child has a birthright to an equitable education, one that prepares him or her for 21st century career and college readiness. This guide illuminates how to

  • Lead all students to deeper learning, grounded in critical thinking, creative problem solving, communication, collaboration—and the “5th C,” cultural awareness
  • Support the latest standards for college and career readiness and English Language Proficiency/Development
  • Incorporate technology into teaching and learning in innovative ways, adaptable to varying resource levels.
  • Use today’s current brain research to help students’ reach their full cognitive potential
  • Implement lesson plans designed for elementary, middle, and secondary levels that support individualized, project-based learning, developed through a lens of cultural responsiveness

Turn to the resource that has helped thousands of educators teach successfully in today’s diverse K-12 classrooms, and discover new strategies that will empower you and your students.

"The authors are passionate advocates for all learners and the latest edition of this book provides a thoughtful, practical, and engaging exploration of how to ensure every learner’s experience is one that thrives on the 5Cs and makes 21st century learning come alive."
Tatyana Warrick, Communications Manager, P21, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning

Key features


  • Discusses the challenges faced by struggling students, who are often children of poverty, color, and/ or English Learners.
  • Examines the research-base that supports “high expectations” instruction
  • Explains what instructional strategies are most effective to use and describes how to use each strategy
  • Includes strategies that increase student engagement, develop students’ cognitive skills, and empower students to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Offers exemplar standards-based lesson plans at elementary, middle, and secondary levels to show teachers how to implement the strategies
  • New edition includes updated research, coverage of standards for college and career readiness, standards for English Language Proficiency/Development, ideas for integrating technology to improve teaching and learning, and new sample lesson plans.



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Eleanor Renee Rodriguez

Eleanor Renée Rodriguez, PhD, a professional developer with Rodriguez and Associates, has provided consulting services and training to school districts, national associations, and state departments in 48 of 50 states and abroad. Her concentration is on research-based teaching and leadership strategies. She has served in positions from substitute teacher to superintendent, with assign­ments that included preK through adult education and with an emphasis on meeting the needs of students with special needs. In addition, she has directed, reviewed, and evaluated seminars and institutes for the American Association of School Administrators. Her mission is to eliminate the achievement gap and to help educators believe, behave, and achieve so all truly means all.

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James Bellanca

James Bellanca is a life-long advocate for the principles and practices created by Reuven Feuerstein. As a Senior Fellow for the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, he created and edits the innovative P21Blogazine. He is the editor of a series of 21st Century Deeper Learning collections, has authored more than a dozen how-to books aimed to infuse critical and creative thinking across the curriculum and is President of the Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools.

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Deborah Rosalia Esparza

Deborah Rosalea Esparza is a retired teacher, principal and district administrator. In her years as practicing school leader, Deborah advocated for culturally responsive instruction for all students in a 21st Century Learning framework. As an Area Education Officer in Chicago she guided her schools in the implementation of Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment program even as her district lead the city in high achievement scores. Currently, she is Executive Director of the Illinois Consortium and is leading an all-district implementation of the MindQuest21 transformation model throughout the districts’ schools.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

A Special Note

1. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

2. High Expectations for All: Practicing What We Preach

3. Two Sides of the Same Coin

4. Just What Do You Mean?

5. Rising Above It All

6. Stop and Think

7. Good to Go

8. Sharing Behavior

9. Who Is in Charge?

10. What's Your Goal?

11. Finding My Way

12. Meeting the Challenge

13. The No-Frills Pathway to Deeper Learning






Price: $41.95
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