Dr. Adela Solis

The Teacher as a Culturally Proficient Coach – Podcast Episode 58 | Classnotes Podcast 58

Laurie PosnerClassnotes Podcast (September 18, 2009) New teachers have a lot on their minds when they first walk into 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., an 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.

Show length: 18:39

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Teaching Must be Culturally Relevant to be Quality
By Bradley Scott, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Ingredients for Critical Teacher Reflection
By T.C. Howard, Theory Into Practice

But That’s Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.
By G. Ladson-Billings, Theory Into Practice

IDRA Coaching and Mentoring for Novice Teachers Model

Addressing Diversity In Schools: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
This paper is one of the short practitioner-oriented pamphlets produced by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt). This practitioner brief deals with how to address educational needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Becoming Culturally Responsive Educators: Rethinking Teacher Education Pedagogy
This paper is one of the short practitioner-oriented pamphlets produced by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt). This practitioner brief deals with designing teacher education programs (TEPs) that are mindful of student diversity.

TxBESS Framework (Texas Beginning Educator Support System)

Culturally Proficient Coaching: Supporting Educators to Create Equitable Schools
By Delores B. Lindsey, Richard Martinez, and Randall B. Lindsey (Corwin Press, 2007)

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Show Notes

  • Adela offers an overview of IDRA’s professional development and training program for bilingual education and ESL teachers.

  • Adela talks about the needs of beginning teachers: classroom management; building relationships with their students; and knowing how to work with parents, including those from different cultures.

  • Adela outlines the qualifications for teacher mentors and explains their role.

  • Laurie asks Adela how teachers can know that they’re moving in the right direction.

  • Adela illustrates how schools can create an environment for cultural proficiency.

  • Adela explains how IDRA’s valuing approach is incorporated into teacher training and professional development.