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ERIC Number: EJ983556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1531-3174
Maintaining High Challenge and High Support for Diverse Learners
Athanases, Steven
Leadership, v42 n1 p18-22, 36 Sep-Oct 2012
As teachers, schools and school leaders work to better prepare California's culturally and linguistically diverse students, methods for doing so vary widely. One approach prioritizes safe spaces, welcoming environments, well-structured routines--school and classroom culture features essential for students' well-being. A second key priority, often harder to achieve, is maintaining and supporting rigorous academic challenges needed for students' current and future success. Academic rigor warrants particular attention, as unchallenging curricula often occur in high-need, lower-income settings with many diverse youth and many English language learners. A combination of nurturing and rigor is essential to educating the student population, but targeted supports are also needed to help students meet achievement goals. The author discusses how a balance of high challenge and high support for diverse learners provides the right context for learning and growth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California