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Fish Out of Water
Mentoring, Managing, and Self-Monitoring People Who Don't Fit In



April 2016 | 256 pages | Corwin

Are you creating Fish Out of Water in your environment?

Oftentimes a group demands compliance with cultural codes and behavioral expectations that are never taught. Instead, the standards of this hidden curriculum are used to justify punishing, marginalizing, and excluding children and adults from the dominant culture. This book focuses on the need for and the strategies to create inclusive classrooms and organizations.

What do you do when you are the one who doesn’t fit in?

Fish Out of Water are those who don’t fit in the mainstream culture because they are too different from the dominant groups. This book offers tools for decoding cultures—moving from code switching to code sharing. Included are:

  • Compelling portraits of  fish out of water who have learned to survive and thrive in schools and other organizations
  • Strategies for working with children who are targeted and bullied because they are different

For every one who has been or knows how it feels to be a Fish Out of Water, this book will help you to flourish where you are, mentor others who are different, and manage the dynamics of difference as you create a culturally proficient organization.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

Fish Out of Water is a great resource for navigating ponds that suffocate the marginalized with dominant norms and values. Linking Cultural Proficiency to decoding an environment provides more tools for code switching, code sharing, and conversations about making students and families feel welcomed, included, and safe in our schools.” 
—Angela Ward, Office of Cultural Proficiency & Inclusion
Austin Independent Schools, TX


“This book made me think. It is a courageous attempt at the difficult subject of who ‘doesn't fit’ into the spaces and places we inhabit—and why. But the most valuable part of this book is that it describes what we can do about making our schools, workplaces, and communities more inclusive, and ultimately more effective.” 
—Nicki King, Reducing Mental Health Disparities Project
University of California, Davis


 

 
We Wear the Mask Poem
 
Foreword by Terry Cross
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Who Are the Fish Out of Water?
 
2. What Is Code Switching?
 
3. What Is Cultural Proficiency
 
4. How Fish Out of Water Are Marginalized
 
5. The Consequences of Fitting In
 
6. From Code Switching to Code Sharing
 
7. Self-Monitoring When the Fit Is Not Right
 
8. Mentoring Kids Who Are Fish Out of Water
 
9. Managing Fish Out of Water
 
10. Managing the Environment
 
11. Leaving Well—Knowing When to Quit
 
Resources
 
References
 
Assessment Tools and Internet Resources
 
Videos and Teaching Guides
 
Fish out of Water in Literature
 
Book Study Guidelines
 
Afterword - Jeanne and Gordy

“Fish Out of Water is a great resource for navigating ponds that suffocate the marginalized with dominant norms and values. Linking Cultural Proficiency to decoding an environment provides more tools for code switching, code sharing. and conversations about making students and families feel welcomed, included, and safe in our schools.”

Angela Ward, Office of Cultural Proficiency & Inclusion
Austin Independent Schools

“Fish Out of Water made me think. It is a courageous attempt at the difficult subject of who ‘doesn't fit’ into the spaces and places we inhabit—and why. But the most valuable part of this book is that it describes what we can do about making our schools, workplaces, and communities more inclusive, and ultimately more effective.”

Nicki King, Reducing Mental Health Disparities Project
University of California, Davis

"Every educator and every employer works with those who just don’t fit in. This work provides strategies to help the “Fish out of Water” swim more successfully in your workplace or school environment."

David G. Daniels, High School Principal
Susquehanna Valley Central Schools

"Fish Out of Water is the filling of a void on the discussion about diversity valuing and appreciation. This books could be another link in the growth for many people in our country - both in dominant and minority cultures, personal and professional."

Vera Blake, Educational Consultant
ASCD

"I admire Nuri-Robins & Bundy for writing about a difficult topic without placing blame on one party or another for the problem. The solution-based approach gets past the anger and frustration of why the problem exists in the first place and moves the reader toward actions that can alleviate the problem."

Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal
MMC Primary & MMC East Elementary

"Nuri-Robins & Bundy offer a unique approach to the topic of cultural diversity, pairing storytelling with helpful tools."

Bonnie Tryon, Retired Principal & Past President
School Administrators Association of New York (SAANYS)
Key features
(1)  Provides a fresh perspective on diversity and inclusion by addressing both those who fit within the mainstream culture and the "fish out of water" who must navigate an environment that is not yet ready or able to embrace them.

(2) Explicitly addresses the tools of code-switching -- an important survival mechanism for managing the dynamics of difference -- in the context of culturally-proficient organization.

(3) Addresses the needs of both adults and children who don't fit the norms of the dominant culture.

(4) Includes compelling vignettes that chronicle the lives and experiences of fish out of water who have learned to survive and thrive in schools and other organizations.

(5) Each chapter includes self-assessments and personal inventories

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1 - Who Are the Fish Out of Water?


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