Edited by: Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt, Althier M. Lazar
Publication Date: April 25, 2011
This accessible book features K–12 teachers and teacher educators who report their experiences of culturally responsive literacy teaching in primarily high-poverty, culturally nondominant communities. These extraordinary teachers show us what culturally responsive literacy teaching looks like in their classrooms and how it advances children’s academic achievement. This collection captures different dimensions of culturally responsive (CR) practice, such as linking home and school, using culturally responsive literature, establishing relationships with children and parents, using cultural connections, and teaching English language learners and children who speak African American language. This engaging collection:
Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt is a professor of literacy education at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, and recipient of the International Reading Association’s Elva Knight Research Award. She consults internationally on culturally responsive literacy teaching. Althier M. Lazar is a professor in the teacher education department at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.
“A thoroughly contextualized description and understanding of culturally responsive teaching. It will become a classic.”
—From the Preface by Lee Gunderson, University of British Columbia
“The teachers profiled in this book keep the conversation alive and move us toward more just educational settings.”
—From the Foreword by Patricia A. Edwards, Michigan State University
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