Socorro G. Herrera, Diane Rodríguez, Robin M. Cabral, Melissa A. Holmes
Foreword by: Alfredo J. Artiles
Publication Date: June 23, 2023
The need for teachers who have both the knowledge and skills to teach students in special education, especially students who are emergent bilinguals, is more critical today than ever before. Assumptions about the assurances outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have led to practices that have limited the scope of opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students with disabilities. This book examines the intent of special education policy, challenges existing systems, and explores the promise of using biography-driven instruction to transform students’ learning and enhance their personal growth and community life. With a focus on inclusive practices for working with CLD students with disabilities and their families, the book examines decision-making processes for placement, access, instruction, assessment, and evaluation. The authors show how inclusionary practices create contexts and conditions for teachers to foster their students’ academic abilities through authentic cariño and an ecology of care.
Socorro G. Herrera is a professor of curriculum and instruction and executive director of the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy (CIMA) at Kansas State University. Diane Rodriguez is a professor and associate dean in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Robin M. Cabral is an educational consultant with a background in district-level administration, bilingual speech language pathology, special education, literacy, assessment, and intervention development. Melissa A. Holmes is associate director of CIMA.
“I commend Herrera, Rodriguez, Cabral, and Holmes for giving us an impressive cultural toolkit to promote learning and expand educational opportunities for underserved students. Their additive approach reminds us that culture and history matter. Their interdisciplinary framing is a necessary resource to avoid shortcuts that only give us superficial and stereotypical access to cultural models of learning. I am confident that this volume will be an indispensable resource for educators engaged in the cultural work we describe as education.”
—From the Foreword by Alfredo J. Artiles, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University
“This is an outstanding book that is much needed in the field! Thank you to the authors for this gift.”
—Stanley C. Trent, associate professor, University of Virginia
“The biography-driven approach detailed in this book is a game changer for learners with disabilities and their families, including those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. This valuable text should be read by preservice and inservice teachers alike to further develop their knowledge and skillsets to foster academic and social success for all learners.”
—Karen S. Voytecki, associate professor, special education program area, East Carolina University
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