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ERIC Number: EJ1121301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Culture-Friendly School
Rodberg, Simon
Educational Leadership, v74 n4 p66-69 Dec 2016
As the founding principal of DC International School, a public charter school in Washington, D.C., Simon Rodberg has set out to create what he calls a "culturally-positive school" to prepare students for a global future. In this article, he details how the school has invited students and families to bring their cultures into classrooms. "When a student's family is from El Salvador, we want that culture to be part of our school culture. When a student's family has lived in a poor neighborhood of D.C. for five generations, we want that culture, too," he writes. "The message to students is that you can bring your whole self to this school; you can bring who you are on this educational journey. You don't have to leave your family or culture behind." Drawing on examples from his school, Rodberg outlines how other schools can adopt a similar practice. His suggestions include the following: Structure ways for staff, students, and families to bring in their cultures early in the school year; take individualized (rather than broad strokes) approaches to cultural celebrations; ensure that everyone both teaches and learns; and integrate cultural learning both in and out of class. By doing this, Rodberg says that schools will not only thrive, but also create a path to students' global readiness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia
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