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Welcome to the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Website.  It is a work in progress.  If you have ideas, websites, or resources you feel would be helpful to others please don't hesitate to share them.  We want this website to be user friendly and helpful to teachers.  If you have ideas for improvement please share them with the Director of Instruction (behnd@verona.k12.wi.us).


    Student Six Project

    During the 2013-2014 school year, the Director of Instruction and an associate principal attended a Minority Student Achievement meeting in Chapel Hill North Carolina.  Chapel Hill shared with their visitors a Student Six project they were excited about.  First they conducted research on culturally relevant teaching practices, then introduced these strategies to a large group of minority students.  The students narrowed down the list with what they felt helped them most in learning.  Videos were then taken of the students talking about these strategies and the teachers who did the strategies well.  The students then developed a six session class where they taught teachers about the strategies.  They used some of the video clips as teachng tools.  They also invited some of the teachers in that were mentioned on the videos.  Articles were shared and the students lead the discussions with the teachers.  In the first class they had 20.  By the time they offered the second over 70 had signed up to participate. 

    This project was going to replicated in Verona but the high school decided to go in a different direction.  The research had already been conducted and the Learning Resource Coordinators felt it should be shared. 

    Attached you will find the research.  Across the top are the resources used.  Down the side are the actual strategies.  You can see those strategies that show up in many of the studies.  At the end you will find some questions that might have been used during the video taping of the students. 

    In the other column you will find some of the resources used.  Additional resources included:

    "Toward a Conception of Culturally Responsive Classroom Mangament", Journal of Teacher Education -  http://www/jte.sagepub.com

    "Culturally Responsive Practices for Student Success:  A Regional Sampler", Northwest Regional Educatioanl Laboratory, 2005

    "Culturally Responsive coaching for Inclusive Schools," www.equityallianceatasu.org

    Two great resources for culturally responsive instructional strategies include the last two books on the list although they were not included in the research. 




    Culturally Relevant Teaching Practices

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    Why Culture Counts - Donna Walker Tileston; Sandra K. Darling
    ISBN: 9781934009246
    Publication Date: 2008-08-01
    Current models do not address the complexity of achievement gaps among racial and socioeconomic groups. As the National Task Force on Minority High Achievement and current assessment data show, children of color, even those who are not poor, often score lower on achievement tests than whites who are poor. Culture trumps poverty in its impact on achievement. Culture defines what children will focus their attention on, how they interpret the world to give it meaning, what background knowledge they bring to learning, and how they will value that learning. The focus of our interventions to close the achievement gap must therefore be to attend to the culture of the learner. This book shows how to build the necessary supports to move classrooms from the traditional, Eurocentric model to one that respects and incorporates the cultures of the learners.

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    The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach - Anthony Muhammad; Sharroky Hollie
    ISBN: 9781935542544
    Publication Date: 2011-10-26
    Authors Anthony Muhammad and Sharroky Hollie acknowledge both the cultural and structural issues that contribute to low-performing schools and encourage educators to reflect on their attitudes and practices to self-evaluate their approach to school improvement.

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    Creating the Opportunity to Learn - A. Wade Boykin; Pedro Noguera
    ISBN: 9781416613060
    Publication Date: 2011-09-01
    Two giants in the fields of education, psychology, and equity¿A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera¿reveal bold truths about the achievement gap and provide you with a promising framework focused on key factors drawn from successful schools. Here's your opportunity to understand why some school districts are making more progress than others, to make sure you're focused on what really works, and to build the capacity of high-performance, high-poverty schools.

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    Visible Learning for Teachers - John Hattie
    ISBN: 9780415690157
    Publication Date: 2013-09-04
    Apply the groundbreaking research and principles from Visible Learning in your classroom! John Hattie's landmark book Visible Learning synthesized the results of more than 15 years' research involving millions of students--the largest-ever collection of evidence-based research on what actually works in schools to improve learning. This sequel takes the next step and explains how to apply the principles from Visible Learning in your classroom. This book offers:nbsp; Concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful practices and interventionsnbsp; Practical, step-by-step guidance for successfully implementing visible learning and visible teachingnbsp; Checklists, exercises, case studies, and best practice scenarios to maximize achievement in schools

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    Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds - Sonia Nieto
    ISBN: 9780325027159
    Publication Date: 2013-10-01
    "While no check-list of attitudes, dispositions, behaviors, or actions can define what thriving teachers look like, the teachers interviewed here give us powerful examples of what it takes to face their profession with courage, their content with enthusiasm, and their students with love." -Sonia Nieto

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    The Dreamkeepers - Gloria Ladson-Billings
    ISBN: 9780787903381
    Publication Date: 1997-01-29
    In this beautifully written book Ladson-Billings illustrates the inspiring influence of a select group of teachers who keep the dreams alive for African American students. ?Henry M. Levin, David Jacks professor of Higher Education, Stanford University Ladson-Billing's portraits, interwoven with personal reflections, challenge readers to envision intellectually rigorous and culturally relevant classrooms that have the power to improve the lives of not just African American students but all children.

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    Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning - Sharroky Hollie
    ISBN: 9781425806866
    Publication Date: 2011-10-01
    Implement these strategies and suggestions to support culturally and linguistically diverse students. The five pedagogical areas addressed in this resource are Classroom Management, Use of Text, Academic Vocabulary, Situational Appropriateness, and Learning Environment.

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    How to Teach Students Who Don't Look Like You - Bonnie M. (Marie) Davis
    ISBN: 9781452257914
    Publication Date: 2012-07-18
    Engage diverse learners in your classroom with culturally responsive instruction! This second edition includes new or expanded coverage of Latino students, ELLs, immigrant students, race, and racial identity, and new coverage of standards-based, culturally responsive lesson planning and instruction, differentiated instruction, RTI, and the Common Core State Standards. Bonnie Davis helps all educators: Tailor instruction to their unique student population  Reflect on their cultures and how this shapes their views of the world Cultivate a deeper understanding of race and racism in the U.S. Create culturally responsive instruction Understand how culture affects learning


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