Determining Difference from Disability: What Culturally Responsive Teachers Should Know

1st Edition

Gerry McCain, Megan Farnsworth

Published April 20, 2018
Reference - 190 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138577756 - CAT# Y382847

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This essential book offers clear guidelines for determining if the Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students / English Language Learners (ELL) in your general education classroom are experiencing typical language differences, learning disabilities, or both. By combining helpful case-studies with insightful research, the authors provide a framework for differentiating instruction that uses culturally appropriate interventions to build upon student strengths while creating a foundation for further learning and achievement. You will discover how to:

  • Connect your own and your students’ cultural assets to classroom content;
  • Review language acquisition stages and design corresponding instruction;
  • Collaborate with peers and discuss the realities of reaching out for support and problem solving;
  • Choose effective and appropriate instructional strategies based on documentation of data through progress monitoring;
  • Move from a traditional behavioristic perspective to a more culturally responsive perspective;
  • Identify patterns in formal assessments and informal instruction in order to distinguish between language differences and learning disabilities.

In addition, the book includes a number of activities and graphs that can be implemented immediately in any classroom. Many of these materials can be downloaded for free from the book’s product page:


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