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Culturally Proficient Inquiry : A Lens for Identifying and Examining Educational Gaps - Randall B. Lindsey

Culturally Proficient Inquiry

A Lens for Identifying and Examining Educational Gaps

By: Randall B. Lindsey (Editor), Dr. Stephanie M. Graham (Editor), R. Chris Westphal (Editor), Cynthia L. Jew (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd April 2008
ISBN: 9781412926027
Number Of Pages: 256

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Use inquiry to promote equity and transform your school’s educational environment!

Using cultural proficiency as a lens, the authors guide practitioners through the process of gathering and analyzing data to meet the needs of historically underserved students. This book outlines a critical evaluation process and provides rubrics to examine why some students are not being educated to their full potential. With a CD-ROM of tables and spreadsheets for data entry, the book show educators how to:

  • Encourage discussions about educational equity
  • Create a realistic picture of a school's cultural and economic diversity
  • Initiate authentic systemic change
  • Effectively respond to NCLB mandates

"Provides the information and tools needed to create powerful learning communities in which the academic and co-curricular needs and the well-being of all students are addressed through purposeful inquiry and culturally proficient practices. This text is a must-read for educational leader preparation programs and for all educational leaders who want to make a difference." -- Linda Purrington, Director, Educational Leadership Academy
"The culturally proficient inquiry model provides us with a process for examining the strategies and practices that support or prevent equitable access to learning. Understanding what it means to be culturally proficient and becoming culturally proficient places of learning is fundamental to student success and achievement." -- Sharon List, Superintendent
"Finally, a publication that makes cultural proficiency understandable for school leaders and teaching staffs and provides the practical means for leaders to address cultural proficiency in schools, districts, and communities. A useful how-to guide for this critically important work." -- Joseph Condon, Superintendent
"The authors take a comprehensive approach to educational reform, one that fosters schools' cultural proficiency in four broad areas: assessment and accountability, curriculum and instruction, home-school relations, and teacher professional development. They manage to both convey the magnitude and complexity of the problem of schools underserving their constituencies and illuminate a path to positive change." -- Elise Trumball, Educational Researcher
"An outstanding field manual. It provides the context, framework, and tools for district and school staffs to have 'fierce conversations' about institutional and personal responsibility for closing the achievement gap. A must-read for those serious about educating all students." -- General Davie, Jr., Retired Superintendent
"The authors have created the ultimate practical resource for determining how to make cultural proficiency work in our organizations. A must-have for those of us who are seriously and genuinely committed to going on a journey toward cultural proficiency!" -- Tina Small, Director of HRS Workforce and Organization Development
"The authors effectively empower educators with the knowledge, will, and skill to close educational gaps. This book takes educators on a thorough journey of learning and reflection, examining data, presenting information, discussing best practices, and posing questions. It provides the tools, rubrics, and matrices to help educators review, revise, and measure their practices and progress toward cultural proficiency." -- Liebe Geft, Director
"A change in the rhetoric from underperforming stakeholders (be they students, parents, teachers, or staff) to underserved stakeholders is critically needed. Educators can change the rhetoric and shift the sense of responsibility onto the adults in the system who can do something about closing gaps and thereby educate others on how the deficit model of blaming those who are underperforming does nothing to transform the system to better serve all stakeholders." -- Beverly LeMay, Director of Programs
"What is best about this remarkable book is its constant reminder that the courage to do what is just and right for the 'underserved' comes to those who face the 'brutal facts,' listen to the difficult questions, and seek support and guidance from the educators in the field. This book is an inspiring companion needed now more than ever." -- Sidney Morrison, Principal

About the Authors
Creating Culturally Proficient Schools
The Unfolding of the Democracy as a Moral Imperative
The Tools of Cultural Proficiency
Knowing the Demographics of Your School
NAEP Data Show the Way, With Limitations
The Peer Group Model: Achievement and Access Data
Planning the Cultural Proficiency Inquiry
Rubrics as Keys to the Cultural Proficiency Inquiry
The ABC Case Study School and Your School
Data Set #1: Finding Meaning in Achievement Data
Data Set #2: Finding Meaning in Student Access Data
Data Set #2 (Extended): Finding Meaning in Access Data Unique to Secondary Schools
Data Set #3: Profiles of Educator Conversations About Your Students
Advocacy for Social Justice
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ISBN: 9781412926027
ISBN-10: 1412926025
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd April 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.54