Culturally Proficient Learning Communities Confronting Inequities Through Collaborative Curiosity

ISBN-10: 1412972280

ISBN-13: 9781412972284

Edition: 2009

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 8/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034

Delores B. Lindsey, Ph.D., retired as Associate Professor of Education at Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos, CA, but did not retire from the education profession. As a former middle grades and high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and county office of education administrator, her primary focus is developing culturally proficient leadership practices aimed at closing educational gaps. She helps educational leaders examine their organizations' policies and practices, and their individual beliefs and values about cross-cultural communication. Her message to her audiences focuses on socially just educational practices, culturally proficient leadership practices, and diversity as an asset to be nurtured. Dr. Lindsey offers keynote address and facilitates educators to develop their own inquiry and action research. Her favorite reflective question is: "Are we who we say we are?" She is also a Training Associate for Cognitive Coachingsm and Adaptive Schoolssm. Delores and husband Randall, her favorite Sage/Corwin author, continue to co-write about the application of the four Tools of Cultural Proficiency. They enjoy working together with school districts to guide school leaders on their journey toward equity and socially just practices for all learners.

Randall B. Lindsey is emeritus professor at California State University, Los Angeles and has a practice centered on educational consulting and issues related to equity and access. Prior to higher education faculty roles, he served as a junior and senior high school history teacher, a district office administrator for school desegregation, and executive director of a non-profit corporation. All of his experiences have been in working with diverse populations and his area of study is the behavior of white people in multicultural settings. It is his belief and experience that too often white people are observers of multicultural issues rather than personally involved with them. He works with colleagues to design and implement programs for and with schools, law enforcement agencies, and community-based organizations to provide access and achievement. He and his wife and frequent co-author, Delores, are enjoying this phase of life as grandparents, as educators, and in support of just causes that extend the promises of democracy throughout society in authentic ways.

Linda D. Jungwirth is president of CONVENING CONVERSATIONS, Inc., a company devoted to leading educators in courageous conversations and professional development to achieve equity and success for all students. Jungwirth helps schools, districts, and county superintendent offices enhance their professional development with an emphasis on instructional effectiveness, Cognitive Coaching, and culturally proficient learning communities. As adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, she inspires educators to become culturally proficient leaders and innovators. Jungwirth received the 2008 Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Wilson A. Grace Award for her ideals of tolerance, compassion, and professional leadership, and as a leader who motivates and inspires personal and professional growth in others.

Jarvis V.N.C. Pahl is executive director of Pahl Business & Educational Consortium (PBEC). She taught biology and microbiology in California, Maryland, Connecticut, and Brazil. She also taught while in the Peace Corps, and in Botswana Africa. As a school administrator, she worked in California high schools and school districts. She was a member of the Graduate School of Education�s School Management Program at the University of California in Los Angeles. She has traveled in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Antarctica, and the Arctic Circle. She speaks Portuguese, some Setswana (language of Botswana), and Spanish. As a consultant, she has designed, planned, and facilitated hundreds of learning experiences for parent groups, students, teachers, administrators, and blended groups of educators, parents, students, and individuals from the business world. She believes individuals have a gene for leadership in their area of specialty.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Getting Centered
Getting Centered With the Tools of Cultural Proficiency
Getting Centered With Our History
Getting Centered: The Evolution of Learning Communities
Voices From the Field
Maple View: Sustaining a Culturally Proficient Learning Community
Assessing Cultural Knowledge Through Shared Personal Practice
Valuing Diversity Is a Reflection of Shared Beliefs, Values, and Vision
Managing the Dynamics of Difference Through Collaboration
Adapting to Diversity Through Supportive and Shared Conditions
Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge Through Collective Learning
Call to Action: Disturb the System Through Curiosity and Inquiry
Aligning Our Behaviors With Our Values
References
Index
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