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Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency / Edition 1

Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency / Edition 1

by Trudy Tuttle Arriaga, Randall B. LindseyTrudy Tuttle Arriaga
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See how one school district made cultural proficiency real—and how you can too!

This book tells the story of Ventura Unified School District's successful implementation of cultural proficiency, which opened long-closed doors for marginalized students and returned gains on every key success metric. Most importantly, it will empower you to do the same for your school or district. Resources include:

  • A method for evaluating the impact of educational decisions on students' access to learning
  • A clearly outlined three-year implementation plan for making your school culturally proficient
  • A content-rich companion website that includes templates and forms for implementing the book’s suggestions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483388793
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/22/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 195,916
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr. Trudy T. Arriaga served the Ventura Unified School District for 14 years as the first female superintendent. She began her career as a bilingual para-educator and enjoyed 40 years of service in education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, superintendent and university instructor at all levels. Trudy retired as superintendent in July 2015 and was honored by the naming of the VUSD District Office, The VUSD Trudy Tuttle Arriaga Education Service Center. She is currently on the Cal Lutheran University faculty as the Associate Dean of Equity and Outreach in the Educational Leadership Department in the Graduate School of Education. Trudy is the co-author of Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency with her esteemed colleague, Dr. Randall B. Lindsey. Trudy has focused her life work on the fundamental belief that the educational system has tremendous capability and responsibility to open doors for all students. Her leadership has focused on core values that ensure equity, access, and opportunity for every child and their family. It has been her privilege to assist school districts throughout the United States to align the actions of the organization with their stated values and principles in their effort to build a culturally proficient organization. Trudy and her husband, Raymundo are enjoying this grand chapter of life as grandparents to Rayo Mana and Sofia Anuhea.

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.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Chapter 1 – What Frames Us, Defines Us
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
Chapter 2 - Culturally Proficient Leadership Fosters Transformative Change
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
Chapter 3 – Change Begins with Core Value and Belief Statements
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
Activity 3.1 – Can You Believe?
Activity 3.2 – Walking Forward Part I
Chapter 4 – Yes, We Actually Live Our Values
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
Activity 4.1 – Walking Forward Part II
Activity 4.2 – I Am Activity
Chapter 5 – Continuous Learning Involves Deconstructing our Learning
Getting Centered
Going Deeper
Activity 5.1 - The Power of Us
Activity 5.2 – Opening Doors for Students – Do Our Actions Reflect Our Values? Part 1
Activity 5.3 – Opening Doors for Students – To What Extent are We Escorting Students Through the Doors? Part 2
Activity 5.4 – Data that Demonstrates Areas of Need
Activity 5.5 – Book Club
Resource A – Book Study Guide
Resource B - Cultural Proficiency Books’ Essential Questions
Resource C – 3-Year Implementation Journey
Resource D – A Cultural Proficiency Implementation Model

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