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Creating Culturally Considerate Schools

Creating Culturally Considerate Schools
Educating Without Bias

April 2013 | 176 pages | Corwin
This unique collaboration between a veteran educator and a psychotherapist shows that the educators who are most effective in teaching diverse student populations are the ones who can "see students clearly and respond to their needs without hesitation or bias." Framed around an original, eight-stage model of diversity development, this book provides readers with essential tools for building a sturdy foundation of mutual respect upon which schools without bias can be constructed. Included are specific strategies for creating a school environment that

Gives voice and consideration to all students

Shows interest, empathy, and respect for all staff members

Advocates respect and reverence of individuality

Adapts innovative policies—despite resistance—that best serve the total school community

In addition to vignettes, anecdotes, and case examples, the authors provide worksheets for problem-solving, conflict resolution, clear communication, rules of engagement, reflection, and scenario study. This book will help educators boost student achievement by giving them how-to strategies that work across content areas to create a culturally considerate classroom and school climate that supports student success and reinforces the strength of individual teachers, administrators, and auxiliary personnel.

About the Authors
Part I. Culturally Considerate Schools
1. Manner & Methods
2. Model of Cultural Consideration and Equity Skill Building
3. Practical Applications of the Model
Part II. Model Phases
4. Self-Examination
5. Reflection
6. Integration
7. Actualization
8. Equity & Social Justice
Part III. Educating Without Bias
9. Portraits of Culturally Considerate Educators
10. Landscape of a Culturally Considerate School
Part IV. Appendices & Tools

“The authors provide a clear and comprehensive model for becoming culturally considerate. The transparent reflections of their journey are refreshing. This book is for the new and seasoned educators, alike. You will walk away with sincere reflections that propel you to face the bias by which we all operate.”

Tiffany Powell-Lambright, Assistant Professor
The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY

Creating Culturally Considerate Schools is a thought-provoking resource for pre-service teachers and current practitioners. Its unique approach will captivate the reader’s attention.”

Maria Whittemore, Minority Achievement Coordinator
Frederick County Public Schools, MD

“A most unique kind of book that will appeal to the millions of caring teachers that are struggling to understand issues of diversity in a meaningful way. This book will impact how successful teachers can actually be when teaching diverse students.”

William A. Howe, Educational Consultant
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

“This book provides numerous opportunities for teachers' self-reflection on the journey of creating a culturally considerate classroom.”

Deborah L. Misiag, President
Maryland Multicultural Coalition

"I particularly like the book because of the dialogue style. The authors each share their perspectives and help me reflect on the complexities of issues that I deal with. It's so easy to read books that reinforce our worldview, and similarly to reject books that confront us with a different perspective than our own. I thought that this book struck a good balance between the two."

Graig Meyer, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Fits well with course objectives.

Dr Sheryl Erickson
teacher education, Southwestern College
March 1, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 4: Self-Examination

Kim L. Anderson

Kim L. Anderson’s career path has been a diverse and divergent one. Prior to obtaining a graduate degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, she was a freelance writer, photographer and graphic artist with interests in “outsider art,” expressions of oppression and liberation beyond conventional artistic borders or boundaries. After many years of private practice as a licensed clinical social worker, clinical supervisor and educator, Kim received a post-graduate certificate in art psychotherapy and now is a board certified art therapist. She is the author of Culturally Considerate School Counseling: Helping Without Bias,... More About Author

Bonnie M. Davis

Consulting DescriptionBonnie M. Davis, PhD, is a veteran teacher of more than forty years who is passionate about education. She taught in middle schools, high schools, universities, homeless shelters, and a men’s prison. She holds a doctorate in English from St. Louis University and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Teacher of the Year in two public school districts, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Community Service Award. She has presented at numerous national conferences and currently works in school districts across the country. Dr. Davis’ work centers... More About Author

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