Culturally proficient education : an asset-based response to conditions of poverty

| January 13, 2011

Title: Culturally proficient education : an asset-based response to conditions of poverty
Author: Randall B. Lindsey, Michelle S. Karns, Keith Myatt
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin   [Arlington, Va.] : American Association of School Administrators, c2010.
Call Number: LC4065 .L56 2010

From the Publisher:

Written to counter the perspective that students from low-income backgrounds come to school with certain deficits that prevent them from learning, this timely resource provides educators with the knowledge and skills to maximize educational opportunities for all students, independent of students’ socioeconomic status.

The authors examine equity and social issues through the lens of cultural proficiency, an approach that emphasizes how educators can break down self-imposed barriers to student success through self-reflection, personal change, and organizational reform. Focusing on students’ strengths, this guide provides:

  • An examination of how poverty intersects with other groupings, such as race, ethnicity, language acquisition, and gender
  • Effective teaching and leadership strategies grounded in the latest research
  • Vignettes and case studies showing the faces of poverty and the barriers they face
  • Reflective activities and self-check protocols that guide readers toward effective practices

Culturally Proficient Education helps teachers and school leaders clear the path to success for students of all social and economic backgrounds.

About the Author(s):

Randall B. Lindsey is principal associate of The Robins Group. He is professor emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles, where he served as chair of the Division of Administration and Counseling in the School of Education. He has served as a junior and senior high school teacher of history and as an administrator of school desegregation and staff development programs. He has worked extensively with school districts as they plan for and experience changing populations.

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 Myatt, MA, teaches educational leadership at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles. He is co-president of the California Staff Development Council and works as a consultant in schools with the Center for Data, Collaboration, and Results. Keith has been working in educational leadership since 1992. He served as program director for the California School Leadership Academy (CSLA) for eight years at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Keith worked with Richard Martinez and Randy Lindsey to coordinate the first Cultural Proficiency Institutes. He has built upon that work as a presenter at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Keith will complete his doctoral studies at California Lutheran University in May 2010. His dissertation is the study of a school in a low-income neighborhood with a high concentration of English learners with a high proportion of students reaching grade-level standards in contrast to other schools with similar demographics. He is identifying culturally proficient practices within the school.

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