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Culturally Proficient Education An Asset-Based Response to Conditions of Poverty

by Randall B. Lindsey, Michelle S. Karns, Keith T. Myatt

Culturally Proficient Education An Asset-Based Response to Conditions of Poverty Synopsis

Focused on providing readers with the knowledge and skills to maximize the educational opportunities for children raised in low socio-economic conditions, Culturally Proficient Approaches to Conditions of Poverty provides a context for helping teachers and school leaders understand school equity issues that are related to social class. The authors frame this timely subject within the lens of cultural proficiency-a perspective that emphasizes how one works with people different from one's self in a non-judgmental, pro-social manner to help ensure effective practices. This strengths-based approach contrasts with previous deficit models that have targeted what isn't working and what doesn't exist for the child, rather than building on children's strengths, regardless of their socio-economic status.

Culturally Proficient Education An Asset-Based Response to Conditions of Poverty Press Reviews

Before we can look at our students in a way that emphasizes what strengths and skills they bring to the classroom, we need to look at ourselves, our biases, and preconceptions. This book is an interactive model that uses the tools of cultural proficiency as a lens to look not only at our students, but also ourselves. This self-reflection enables us to be more effective for all our students. -- Rick Mooradian, Teacher Students in poverty circumstances need us more than ever. This book provides tools, resources, and thought-provoking vignettes to illustrate what can transform our educational practice to meet the needs of all kids. After reading this book, I am astounded by how we have compartmentalized educational programming to reduce achievement gaps and yet, after decades of research, found this to be ineffective. This new application for cultural proficiency is a testament to the educator-student relationship based on respect, understanding, and a common purpose, no matter what the background or culture of the student happens to be. We can't afford for more students to disengage from education. Thankfully, the authors frame that for us in a way that builds on where we are in our learning and moves us forward toward a positive, asset-building environment rather than a destructive deficit mind-set. -- Kathleen Gavin, Coordinator of Professional Development

Book Information

ISBN: 9781412970860
Publication date: 15th June 2010
Author: Randall B. Lindsey, Michelle S. Karns, Keith T. Myatt
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 176 pages
Categories: Students & student organisations,

About Randall B. Lindsey, Michelle S. Karns, Keith T. Myatt

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. Prior to that he served for seventeen years at California State University, Los Angeles in the Division of Administration and Counseling. 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 ...

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