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ERIC Number: ED489128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 177
Abstractor: ERIC
Closing Achievement Gaps by Creating Culturally Responsive Schools
Burns, Rebecca; Keyes, Marian; Kusimo, Patricia
Appalachia Educational Laboratory at Edvantia (NJ1)
This document is for those interested in making the journey to a school where all students, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic status, truly have an opportunity to learn to high standards. The achievement patterns of various socioeconomic and ethnic groups show that white, middle class students, who mostly share the ethnicity and socio-economic status of their teachers, already have that opportunity, but many students from other ethnic and economic groups do not. Yet, if current trends continue, the number of non-White, non-middle class students will continue to increase while the number of educators who share their ethnicities and cultures will continue to decline. This document is organized into the following chapters: (1) Schooling Practices and Cultural Proficiency: Building the Foundation for Culturally Responsive Instruction; (2) Culturally Responsive Teaching; (3) Guiding the Way toward a Culturally Responsive School; and (4) Resources, Activities, and Processes. The following is appended: Getting to Know the Community of Students. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.) [This document was produced by the Appalachia Educational Laboratory at Edvantia, formerly the Appalachian Educational Laboratory (AEL, Inc.).]
Appalachia Educational Laboratory at Edvantia, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348. Tel: 800-624-9120 (Toll Free); Tel: 304-347-0400; Fax: 304-347-0487; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A