Teaching and Supporting Migrant Children in Our Schools: A Culturally Proficient Approach

Teaching and Supporting Migrant Children in Our Schools: A Culturally Proficient Approach


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General approaches to multiculturalism run the risk of overlooking an increasingly diverse student population that deserves special consideration and attention: students from immigrant backgrounds whose families toil the fields in order to provide better educational opportunities for their children. This book's purpose is to guide educators to think deeply about their roles and responsibilities in the education of children of farmworker families in our nation's schools. Readers will view their classrooms, schools, districts, and the migrant programs they lead in a broad and inclusive manner through the lens of cultural proficiency.

The initial steps when embracing cultural proficiency entails thinking reflectively about one's own values and behaviors and the school's policies and practices toward children of farmworker families. Cultivating a willingness, openness and commitment to meeting the challenges and opportunities of this often-invisible aspect of diversity is an important first step for the development of effective educational practices for migrant students and their families. The cultural proficiency framework can inform staff development models for working effectively with migrant students and their families.

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ISBN-13: 9781475821116
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/14/2016
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.27(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Reyes L. Quezada is a professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences where his research focus is in bilingual education, equity, cultural proficiency, parent involvement, international education, inclusion and diversity. Born in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico, he immigrated to the U.S at the age of seven. His father was a migrant farmworker who participated in the U.S. Bracero program (U.S. Guest Worker).

Dr. Fernando Rodríguez-Valls is associate professor at California State University, Fullerton. He has created partnerships with school districts, local educational agencies and universities to develop and implement community-based [bi]literacy programs. Dr. Rodríguez-Valls’ work focuses on equitable instructional practices for second language learners and migrant students as well as on the socio-cultural factors affecting their academic achievement, educational continuity and school engagement.

Dr. Randall B. Lindsey is emeritus professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He has a practice centered on educational consulting and issues related to diversity. He has served as a teacher, administrator, and executive director of a non-profit corporation. He worked for seventeen years at California State University, Los Angeles in the Division of Administration and Counseling. 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. He has co-authored several books and articles on cultural proficiency.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Roger Rossenthal Acknowledgments PART I: Tools to Support Use of this book Chapter 1: The Context in Educating Children of Migrant Farmworkers Chapter 2: The Tools of Cultural Proficiency for Educator Use Chapter 3: Learning Communities + Culturally Proficient Leadership = Students from Migrant Families Being Well Served Chapter 4: Educators' Rubric for Inclusion and Support of Migrant Education Students, Families and Communities - Moving Beyond Rhetoric PART II: Essential Elements Chapter 5: Assessing Cultural Knowledge-From Self-Centered Learning to Socially Just Student- and Community-Asset LearningChapter 6: Valuing Diversity is Reflected in the Beliefs and Values You and Your School's Hold and How You Share those Beliefs and Values with Your Community Chapter 7: Managing the Dynamics of Difference to Make a Difference Chapter 8: Adapting to the Diversity as a Team in the Schools and Communities We Serve Chapter 9: Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge-for You, Your School, and the Migrant Communities You Serve PART III: Next Steps Chapter 10: Professional Communities Learning Together to Improve Migrant Student's Academic and Social Outcomes Appendix: Resources in Support of Migrant Education References About the Authors Index

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