Appreciating Difference: Getting to Know Your Students and Families

Appreciating Difference: Getting to Know Your Students and Families
August 2015
Tiffany S. Kyser, Camille Warren, Seena M. Skelton, Robin Jackson, Rodney S. Whiteman, Kathleen King Thorius

This edition of the Equity Dispatch explores how schools and classroom environments that deliberately incorporate the cultures of their students into the curriculum and pedagogy are more likely to be successful. For example, schools that incorporate students' heritage languages not only in instruction, but curricular materials demonstrates an appreciation and affirmation of students' ever changing context and identities. Thus, in order to realize the success of all students in a school community, the total school context must accept students' lived experiences in and out of school as legitimate knowledge to contribute the reciprocal exchange that is teaching and learning.

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