(September 18, 2009) New teachers have a lot on their minds when they first walk in to their own classroom. Among their concerns involves building relationships with students and parents, particularly when the families’ cultures differ from their own. Peer mentoring by more experienced teachers in the school is a powerful way to support beginning teachers. Adela Solís, Ph.D., and IDRA senior education associate, describes IDRA’s unique model of training teacher mentors that incorporates principles of cultural proficiency with cognitive coaching. Adela is interviewed by Laurie Posner, MPA, an IDRA education associate. Send comments to
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Addressing diversity in schools: Culturally responsive pedagogy
This paper is one of the short practitioner-oriented pamphlets produced by the
Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt). This practitioner brief deals with how to address educational needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
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