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Culturally Proficient Education: An Asset-Based Response to Conditions of Poverty / Edition 1

Culturally Proficient Education: An Asset-Based Response to Conditions of Poverty / Edition 1

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Develop culturally proficient policies and practices that create opportunities for students of poverty!

Countering the perspective that students from poverty come to school with deficits that prevent them from learning, this resource offers educators the knowledge and skills to maximize educational opportunities for all students, independent of students’ socioeconomic status. Using the framework of cultural proficiency, this guide features:

  • An examination of how poverty intersects with other groupings, including race, ethnicity, and language acquisition
  • Research-based teaching strategies that draw on student strengths and assets
  • Vignettes and case studies
  • Reflective activities for understanding your own assumptions and values regarding equity

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412970860
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/14/2010
Pages: 161
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

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 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 Cultural Proficiency. Most recent publication is The Cultural Proficiency Manifesto: Finding Clarity Amidst the Noise.

Michelle S. Karns, MPA, is an educational consultant with over 30 years’ experience in school support and reform, including speaking before the United Nations at the World Conference on Children in 1995. Working with students, administrators, and teachers in districts through the United States and Canada, Michelle helps create the conditions for all students to learn and makes academic success complemented by social and emotional health a reality. She is especially successful working in under-resourced, minority districts that are experiencing internal and external challenges.

Michelle combines current academic research and resiliency research in support of hundreds of Title I schools achieving equity and excellence. She is an author of several books and multiple educational reform articles and works to help students and teachers build positive relationships and meet their academic and personal success goals. She is an avid advocate of parents as partners in school reform and is diligent in making that process possible for her districts.

Keith T. Myatt, Ed.D., recently retired as a full time Instructor from the School Leadership Programs at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Prior to that he worked at the Los Angeles County Office of Education in Educational leadership Services as a director in the California School Leadership Academy. He is coauthor of Cultural Proficient Education: An Asset-Based Response to Conditions of Poverty. He has been providing seminars in blending the Tools of Cultural Proficiency and the skills of Coaching for those who provide support for candidates seeking their professional Credentials. He has also been involved in the last few years in the development and assessment of the California Administrator Performance Assessment. Keith and his wife Trina have been spending most of their time lately traveling and enjoying time with family and friends.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dennis Parker viii

Acknowledgments x

About the Authors xii

Introduction 1

Part I Why Poverty and Cultural Proficiency? 5

1 Asset-Based Approaches to Students From Low-Income or Impoverished Communities 9

Getting Centered 9

The Intent of This Chapter 11

Poverty in Our Communities and Schools 12

Asset or Deficit Perspectives? 15

Recognizing Our Perspectives: Deficit- or Asset-Based? 17

The Promise of Culturally Proficient Approaches 22

Going Deeper 26

2 The Middle Class School in Communities of Poverty 28

Getting Centered 28

The Intent of This Chapter 30

Faces in the History of Poverty 30

Accountability: For Whom? 36

Four Stories Repeated Throughout Canada and the United States 38

Schools as Middle Class Entities: "Saving the Poor" 46

Cultural Proficiency as an Asset-Based Approach 47

Going Deeper 48

3 The Cultural Proficiency Tools Build on Assets 49

Getting Centered 49

Building on Other's Assets: Cultural Proficiency's Inside-Out Process 52

Cultural Proficiency Represents a Paradigm Shift for Viewing Poverty 53

Cultural Proficiency as a Lens 54

The Cultural Proficiency Tools 55

Cultural Proficiency and Resiliency: Educators and Students 62

Going Deeper 65

Part II Prosocial School Applications 67

4 Culturally Proficient Pedagogy 69

Getting Centered 69

Pine Hills High School's Socioeconomic Context 70

Intent of This Chapter 71

Beginning the Inside-Out Process 71

We Create Conditions for Learning 74

Culturally Competent Praxis 84

10 Tenets for Asset-Based Learning 87

Going Deeper 92

5 Culturally Proficient Leadership Support for Instruction 93

Getting Centered 93

Intent of This Chapter 96

Leadership for Learning 96

Reflective and Dialogic Questions 98

Going Deeper 114

6 Policy Development to Ensure and Support Teaching and Learning 115

Getting Centered 115

The Intent of This Chapter 119

Culturally Proficient Policy Development in Two Steps 120

Adaptive Leadership 122

Going Deeper 128

Part III A Call to Action 129

7 A Call to Action: The Time Is Now 131

Our Invitation to You 131

Personal and Organizational Change 131

Your Personal Journey: Issues of Low-Income and Impoverished Communities 133

Next Steps: Being Intentional 135

A Conversation That Matters 136


A Cultural Proficiency Conceptual Framework 138

B State Teachers' Association Retreat Script 140

C Taniko'sPoem 144

D How to Use the Cultural Proficiency Books 147

References 149

Suggested Additional Readings 155

Index 158

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